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Ahern, Cecelia. If you could see me now.

AHERN, Cecelia. If you could see me now. Read by Sile Nic Fheorais & John Lee. 9 cds. 11 hrs. Books on Tape. 2006. 1-4159-2790-1. $99.00. Vinyl; plot notes. JSA

Elizabeth Egan is a control freak. Now 34, she has her own interior design business and is raising her six-year-old nephew Luke, whose mother Saoirse is an alcoholic free spirit 12 years Elizabeth's junior. Their mother wandered off years earlier and their father is a difficult, bitter man. Luke begins to talk to an invisible friend, Ivan, which terrifies the controlling Elizabeth, who thinks Luke is crazy, although all Luke and his imaginary friend do is laugh and play. Eventually Elizabeth meets a handsome man named Ivan, whom she assumes is the father of one of Luke's friends. Ivan teaches Elizabeth to laugh and play. She even gets a job decorating a new hotel in town and meets Benjamin, the project manager, who is not imaginary. Luke must do what he always does after making people happy--move on to another assignment, even though this time he has lost his heart to a human. He must return to the land of Ekam Eveileb.

This magical tale is Ahern's third novel; it has been optioned by Walt Disney Pictures. Although Sile Nic Fheorais is the only narrator mentioned on the jacket, John Lee reads Ivan's part. Both narrators have lovely Irish lilts. They bring to life this story of yearning and forgiveness. There are two obscenities and mentions of alcoholism. Even so, the book will appeal to girls from 12 to infinity who appreciate a poignant love story. Janet Julian, English Teacher (retired), Grafton, MA

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

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Author:Julian, Janet
Article Type:Young adult review
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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