Share on:. It was unfortunate for Sandy Shorrt that she had black hair and was over six feet tall. People could never resist the temptation to comment. The other misfortune was having her classmate and neighbour, Jenny-May Butler, disappear without trace when she was ten years old. It wasn't that Sandy was friendly with Jenny-May - in fact she felt guilty because she'd disliked the girl and wished that she would disappear.
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Return to Book Page. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 1st by HarperCollins first published October 16th More Details Original Title. Sandy Shortt , Jack Ruttle. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Place Called Here , please sign up. Anusha We often miss things right? Have you ever given it a thought as to where does the things lost or the words spoke go afterwards? This book is about a w …more We often miss things right?
This book is about a woman named Sandy Shortt, who runs a missing persons agency, due to her obsession towards finding things that goes missing. She leads an isolated life, maintaining a strained relationship with her parents and others. During one of her missions to find out a boy named Donal Ruttle, she gets lost and lands in a place called 'Here'.
The rest of the story is about her interactions with the people at 'Here' and her life out there. What happened to Sandy? Is she dead or alive? What exactly is the place called 'Here'? Or rather something else?
Is it possible to come out of 'Here'? What exactly happens to the things that get lost? And the people? The laughter, smell etc. Find out for yourself. Enjoy the read!!! See all 5 questions about A Place Called Here…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Place Called Here.
This novel had the potential to be so much more, but I was left frustrated and disappointed with the ending of the book. I think Ahern could have made her ending much more powerful, instead it is left fairly ambiguous with a conclusion hanging in midair. The idea of a place where all missing objects and people go intrigued me, but at times I was left laughing at the naive idea of all these missing people, from all over the world, speaking different languages, living together in peace and harmony This novel had the potential to be so much more, but I was left frustrated and disappointed with the ending of the book.
The idea of a place where all missing objects and people go intrigued me, but at times I was left laughing at the naive idea of all these missing people, from all over the world, speaking different languages, living together in peace and harmony, in a self-sustaining community, with freshly baked doughnuts arriving daily courtesy of absent-minded delivery boys, etc. At times, I got really bored with the novel as it felt more like a fairytale story for children, not a book for adults.
The relationship between the main character, Sandy, and her psychiatrist, Gregory, seemed completely implausible and unrealistic. There just wasn't enough time devoted into exploring how this romantic relationship could have come about. In fact, Ahern, seemed to hint all along that Sandy would end up with Jack Ruttle, that somehow they 'connected'. I waited for the big reunion at the end but got nothing, Jack went back to the girlfriend he didn't love anymore and Sandy went back to the guy that gave up on her.
And what about all the other missing people trapped in 'Here'? Why didn't they get found too? Clearly, a lot of people trapped there, Bobby especially, wanted to get out and return home to their family and friends.
Why was Sandy the only one that returned home? I really think Cecelia Ahern would be far better suited to writing for children. She has a great imagination and comes up with good storylines but her style of writing is rather naive and immature. View all 13 comments. I regret to say that I received this book two years ago and just now managed to actually read it.
Until this time of year, when I've been trying desperately to get everything out of that box and I finally decided to give this seemingly thick, impossible-to-get-through book a shot. Boy, do I hate myself for waiting so long to read such a literary work of genius. Remember in your school days, I regret to say that I received this book two years ago and just now managed to actually read it.
Remember in your school days, when teachers always told you to "show, not tell"? Cecelia Ahern does this, and does it flawlessly, with writing that is not at all awkward like much "good" writing seems to be, nor is it childish. Everything flows. All the words fit together as if they were each handpicked to play the part they are assigned. Coupled together with crazy good characterization, a plot as unique and captivating as they get, this contemporary fantasy should be a must-read for anyone considering themselves a true reader.
As lengthy as it is, I got through this book in one long sitting, absolutely refusing to put it down. Cecelia Ahern is the literary genius I have been searching for. View all 3 comments. I read this years ago, it was actually my first Cecelia Ahern novel. That should have been a big warning for me about how pointless her book can be sometimes, this one included.
I remember it was about random things that just kept disappearing. It was boring, not a lot of action going on. Kinda like a sock missing in the washing machine. View all 8 comments. Feb 01, Lee rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Kenzo. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Light enough that it didn't require deep thought, interesting enough to keep me turning pages, yet not so gripping that I couldn't put it down when I needed to sleep. The story is about Sandy Shortt, who is something of a misfit. She is extremely tall, for one thing, in sharp contrast to her surname. She is also very logical and organized, and has a compulsion to search for missing things - and people.
It all started when her neighbor Jenny-May vanishes when they are both ten years old. By the tim Light enough that it didn't require deep thought, interesting enough to keep me turning pages, yet not so gripping that I couldn't put it down when I needed to sleep. By the time the story starts, Sandy runs a missing persons agency.
She has reunited various lost family members, but there are still several unsolved cases which she has studied extensively. Then Sandy herself disappears, and finds herself in a different world: one filled with people and objects that have mysteriously gone missing from the real world. It's bizarre and surreal In this strange other world there are socks, phones, wallets, even sofas There are also some of the people whose cases Sandy was working on.
They have settled down, sometimes even married and had children, accepting their new lives after they've been there for a while.
The writing is very good; the story delightful, and unexpectedly moving in places. It's also strangely believable - it doesn't feel like fantasy at all.
Book Review – ‘A Place Called Here’ by Cecelia Ahern.
Sandy dedicates her life to finding these missing people, offering devastated families a flicker of hope. But knowing this, I pressed on, and am so glad I did, as the treasure that is this story soon arrived. This story, speaks in some way, to everyone. Maybe it annoys you for a little while, and then you just sigh and accept that you probably left in somewhere else. This book not only brings in an element of fantasy, but it cleverly deals with harsh real life issues despite its disguise within a fantasy storyline.
A Place Called Here
The theme of the book looks good, but I couldn't digest the science behind the fact that there is a place called 'Here' where all of the things and people turn up when they are lost. That's something not very satisfactory as an answer to what happens to the lost. But the review was good and provided with what a reader would need to know. Very well written Ms Ashna.