There’s No Place Like Here

There’s No Place Like Here book cover

Author: Cecelia Ahern
Date Started: 11-July-16
Date Finished: 19-July-16

Book Blurb:
“Since Sandy Shortt’s childhood classmate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. Finding what is lost becomes her single-minded goal –whether it’s the sock that vanished in the washing machine, the car keys she misplaced, or the graver issue of finding people who vanished from their loved ones. Sandy dedicates her work to finding these missing people, offering devastated families a flicker of hope.”

Main Character:
Sandy Shortt

Other Characters:
Jack Ruttle – Sandy’s client whose brother Donal suddenly vanished.
Helena Dickens – a missing person from years ago together with her group of friends. She took Sandy in to her house when Sandy got to their world.
Jenny-May Butler – same age as Sandy. She went missing when they were 10.

Setting: Ireland

Thoughts on the book:
I am amazed. There have been instances that I tend to forgot where I placed my things, and wonder why and when they appear in the same places where I first looked for them. It has always been a mystery why there are airplanes that mysteriously disappear. I cannot remember who told me or where did I read that the story about the Bermuda Triangle could be true and I have believed that.

When I started to read the book and reached the chapter to the place “here”, I find it amazing that someone finally had written about the mysterious place where all the things that we lost could have been lying around all these time. Who would have thought to write a story about where things or persons that mysteriously disappear could be found? No one ever had except Cecelia Ahern.

Setting aside the fact that this story is indeed a fiction, but what if there really is this place like “here”?

In 2012, I bought a ring set and gave the one with the most stones to my beloved grandmother. When she passed away 2 years after, they let me have the ring back. One day I put it somewhere because I had to do something and was afraid it would slip my finger. After then, I could not anymore find that ring. It made me sad, and until now I regret taking it off my finger because I never found the ring until now.

What if there is really this place called “here” which is nothing like any other place? What if those persons who mysteriously just disappear without anybody knowing, and thought to be dead, are still well and alive in another dimension, together with all the things all of us lost – a favorite pen, an old photograph, a watch, my ring, somebody else’s favorite cup, etc.

What if someday those lost people suddenly want to go back to “now”. But what if they do not want to anymore just like Jenny-May Butler?

I love the story. I can read it again and again.And once again, like most of Ahern’s books, it makes me think. It makes me wonder what if. What if my ring is not really lost but was found in the world of the lost by some lost girl, too? It makes me think if only. If only I could go there not to stay but just to get my lost things..

I cannot think of anything that I dislike about the book. But somewhere in the story I felt sad. When I read about the time when those you left behind in the “now” will come to totally forget about you and you will know it when you can no longer hear your own voice.

About the ending:
Unlike Jenny-May Butler, Sandy Shortt decided to go back to “now” with her years-long question finally answered. In the end, she was able to bring light to Jenny-May’s disappearance and finding out what happened to Jenny-May also helped her in finding herself.

Favorite Quotes:
“We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. sometimes we see the way out but wander farther and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger, or the sadness perventing us from returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering; sometimes it’s easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always we are found.” ~pg.416-417.


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