Book Review: The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern

The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern
Publication Date: October 2015
Buy: Here
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹

Goodreads Description:

A forgotten childhood. A discovered life.
What if you only had one day to find out who you really were?

When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s possessions, she discovers a truth where she never knew there was a lie. The familiar man she grew up with is suddenly a stranger to her.
An unexpected break in her monotonous daily routine leaves her just one day to unlock the secrets of the man she thought she knew. A day that unearths memories, stories and people she never knew existed. A day that changes her and those around her forever.

The Marble Collector is a thought-provoking novel about how the most ordinary decisions we make can have the most extraordinary consequences for how we live our lives. And how sometimes it’s only by shining on a light on someone else, that you can truly understand yourself.” 

“It’s incredibly frustrating to forget, it must be an entirely other thing to be the forgotten.” 

My Thoughts: 

Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors and I love every single book of hers that I have read. Whilst I enjoyed this book, I didn’t love it. I found it quite slow to begin with. However, once I reached the half way point I was hooked and found it really quite emotional. This is why I rated it 4 stars. 

Each chapter was split between two people’s POV; Sabrina, who was on a mission to find her Dad’s missing marbles and who learnt a lot about herself and her Dad along the way. Sabrina’s POV was set in one day, whereas Fergus’ chapters, Sabrina’s Dad, changed between the past and the present. I’m pretty sure the only reason I found it slow to begin with at first is because I was only really enjoying one persons point of view at the start, and that was Fergus’.

I much preferred Fergus’ chapters because it was interesting and fun to hear his stories about growing up as a child in Ireland in a time I can only imagine. Fergus’ love for his marbles was incredible and also very sad because of the sacrifices he made in his life to continue with his hobby. I don’t condone or even understand his behaviour but it was such a shame that he felt he had to hide something he loved so much and never felt he could share his hobby with his family. 

The Marble Collector is a novel about identity and about the importance of memories. It also teaches us that we don’t always know the very people we are closest too, those we share a home and a life with.

About The Author: 

author_2_1Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. Cecelia Ahern wrote her first novel, PS. I Love You when she was twenty-one. It was published in 2004, the number 1 bestseller in Ireland for 19 weeks and sold in over forty countries. The book was adapted as a motion picture directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and released in 2007 in the United States. To date Cecelia has sold over 22 million copies of her books worldwide. 

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