When I saw the title of this book, I was instantly reminded of This is a Love Story for some unknown reason. I was expecting a light, chick-flick read, something that I could read to pass the time, may it be at a café waiting for girlfriends who are always late, or at home waiting for my TV program to be finally aired. Little did I know that the catastrophe stated here isn’t really about the endless cliché of boy meets girl, girl chases for the boy, boy goes away and girl can’t quite get over. But it’s the most inevitable catastrophe of all that all of us won’t be able to escape – death.
At first I thought it was most unusual that the POV is that of a dead person, talking from afterlife. I would leave it to the author’s imagination just what to expect after our final breaths. But then I imagined, what if it’s true? What if I would be given the chance to go back to make things right? I bet it would hard for me, as there a lot of days I wanted to go back to and undo things. In the end, I figured out what the story was all about, and at the same time agreed that there isn’t any more fitting POV than that of the dead girl.
I should say that the story is a mix of romance, sacrifice, tragedy, and self-realization. It defines just how true love is supposed to be, though of course, all of us has our own idea of what true love really is, and how much sacrifice are we willing to give for the sake of those we care about. And of course, the stages of death, I think also applies as stages of grief, heartbrokenness, loss among many others: denial, acceptance, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I’ve have also read about these stages in the book Lies My Girlfriend Told Me (by Julie Anne Peters), which I’ve read right after this book.