How to Fall in Love

By Cecelia Ahern

21,713 ratings - 4* vote

She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love – with his own life.Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump. Adam is desperate – but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him she can sh She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love – with his own life.Adam Basil and Christine

... more

Book details

Hardcover, 327 pages
October 24th 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

(first published 2013)

Original Title
How to Fall in Love
000735049X (ISBN13: 9780007350490)
Edition Language

Community Reviews


this story is a heartfelt ode to falling in love with life and it couldnt have come at a better time.we all know 2020 has been a disaster, so its natural and understandable to be feeling a bit down. but this story is such a good reminder that its the small things that give our life meaning. and CA has crafted such a beautiful story to exemplify that message and help put things into perspective. this is exactly the kind of feel good, positive vibes that ive been needing. <3↠ 4.5 stars


“You were my wonderfully bespoke original guide to happiness.”

The thing about chick lit is that it's simple. It has cliches, it's highly predictable, but it doesn't make you want to gag. You enjoy it. You expect it. You want it. It can deal with serious topics but not be about them. It doesn't romanticize them.

One of the things this Cecelia Ahern's novel deals with is suicide. Our main character Christine Rossi has witnessed a man kill himself. She tried to help him, but just when she thought she convinced him, she did something wrong. Still getting over the tragedy, Christine crosses the Ha'penny Bridge. And again she sees a man about to jump off the bridge to kill himself.

“They say lightning never strikes twice. Untrue. Well,it's true that people say it; it's just untrue as a fact.”

Christine, desperate to discourage him from taking his life, makes a deal with him: She has two weeks (until his 35th birthday) to prove to him that life is still worth living.

I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. But I read it at exactly the right time. With every adventure Christine and Adam were embarking upon I was getting a little bit better. The book got me half-way out of a terrible mood.

I read 3/4 of Cecilia Ahern's other novel One Hundred Names in the beginning of last year. I stopped reading it because I started reading other books and then forgot about it. Which is unfortunate because I do remember quite enjoying it. Ahern has a way of writing that is both hilarious and inspirational. Her humor is that kind of humor that you might not laugh out loud to, but you can't help but smile at the freaking wit of the woman. I couldn't keep a straight face.

All in All: Whenever you are in a bad mood, I would recommend this book. The experience of the characters feels real even with its cliches. The romance is cute and quite slow burning. It deals with suicide and it doesn't romanticize it. I was delighted.

Kayleigh {K-Books}

How To Fall in Love Review on K-Books

"While you were trying to make Maria fall in love with me, and make me fall in love with life, I fell in love with you."

I have been head over heels in love with Cecelia Ahern right from the moment I started reading her debut novel, PS I Love You, way back in 2007. Ever since then I have obsessed over all of her books and as soon as I heard of this one I was dying to get my hands on it. I pretty much screamed and jumped up and down for a good 10 minutes in excitement before I calmed down enough to crack open the book and read... and I devoured it in one sitting.

Christine has just encountered the most horrifying event. Seeing a man shoot himself in the head changed her life forever. Deciding that she wasn't happy in her life she decided she needed to change before it was too late. After ending her marriage and determined to start again she embarks on a journey she will never forget. Enter Adam. Adam is planning a suicide but Christine stops him from jumping from the Halfpenny Bridge and she promises him that she can help him to enjoy life again. As Christine and Adam are forced together Christine is determined to show him how fun life can be but as they embark on the journey sparks start to fly... can Christine help Adam and let him go at the end? Or are they destined for more?

How To Fall in Love is an addictive and heartwarming love story. Cecelia Ahern has blown me away yet again. There's just something about Cecelia's novels where she just brings a little magic into them and they are just like a modern day fairytale. How To Fall in Love is no different. I absolutely adored every single second this book and is just may be my favourite Cecelia Ahern novel to date. It's fantastic. Cecelia's writing style is phenomenal. She pulls you in right form the start and doesn't let you go until well after the story is over.

How To Fall in Love is unique, beautiful and uplifting. It is a book that has such a fantastic meaning underneath that it will stay with you long after you have finished reading. It beautiful and magical. It's not just a chick lit love story. The love story isn't the most important aspect of the story. The most important part is showing you that life is hard and though there are many times when we feel like the bad times will never be over we still have to go on. Life is a beautiful thing no matter how difficult it is. Cecelia Ahern is just my hero. I adore her and her novels always have a beautiful uplifting message in them so that when you finish reading you are left feeling like you can face anything.

How To Fall in Love is without a doubt one of the best book I have read this year. I devoured the book in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down. It was utter perfection. It was beautiful and moving. Uplifting and Magical. Cecelia Ahern is magical! She is utterly phenomenal and everyone has to read her books. They are perfect and incredible. How To Fall in Love is without a doubt a must-read for everyone. It will make you fall in love and have you wanting to just hug the book forever. I loved every single second of it and I will be waiting on tenter hooks for Cecelia's next heartwarming book.

"Moments are precious, sometimes they linger and other times they're fleeing, and yet so much could be done in them; you could change a mind, you could save a life and you could even fall in love."


How To Fall in Love is Cecelia's 10th book.

This story focuses on Christine Rose, who works in recruitment and has an obsession with self-help books. One night she witnesses a terrible incident with a terrible outcome, and it prompts her to make a life-changing decision. Just a few weeks later, she witnesses a similar terrible incident, but this time the outcome is different. She befriends Adam, a troubled man trying to win his ex-girlfriend back. Christine immediately takes it upon herself to "fix" his situation - essentially giving herself two weeks to show a man how to love life again.

I'm used to Cecelia's somewhat juvenile style of writing, which is okay. I expect that from her books - I crave it sometimes when I've been on a crime binge, it's like putting on a pair of fluffy socks. I'm even used to insta-romance and "quirky" leads. What I can't get on board with is the notion of someone befriending a complete stranger with obvious mental and emotional issues and basically becoming their shadow. The entire focus is on Adam's mental state, but it's Christine who I find completely unhinged. She makes decisions no rational person would ever make.

The whole story was far fetched, and full of filler - there's an arc about finding out a family secret which has nothing to do with the main story and is never resolved. There's another one involving a detective which we could have happily done without, in particular the chapter about his daughter. I suspect it was the author's way of addressing the recent phenomenon of "slut-shaming", but it came across as 'Oh that would tie in, I'll just whack that in the middle here'. It bore no relevance to the rest of the main characters, and went nowhere. I also thought we had too much of Christine's "bonkers" family. I didn't find them relatable or interesting in any way.

Overall, I found the writing childish, the characters unlikeable, the storyline unbelievable, and the main female lead incredibly irritating and irresponsible. I don't even know how to describe it - it's a muddle.

Divan Schutte

This was my first go with a Cecilia Ahern novel and I feel like writing Cecilia a heart-felt letter of thanks for writing this book. I don't even know where to start except to say I hope to see this on the silver screen soon (I would also be happy to make suggestions on the casting :)) It needs to be a movie.
I had no problems with the book... Nicely paced and she never draws out a scene and make it longer than it needs to be. The characters are relatable and so easy to fall in love with.

I read some of the other reviews and I remember there being a few issues with the plot (it not being realistic enough). In my opinion, this is fiction. If it seems too real it would fail completely. And about loose ends (I am reffering to scene with two "Eastern European" men) to me it tied in perfectly with the rest of the book. They were doing something random and then happened upon something random and dangerous... Just as random as finding someone stood upon a bridge ready to jump. Such is the wonder of life

Sadly We live in a time where people need grand romantic gestures of love, but living in a world full of malice we easily forget to recognize such things. We forget about the silly things, thinking we need to break out a million candles and spend a fortune on elaborate meals and exquisite jewelery when, in fact, all we need is love... And maybe a lily pad.


3.5 stars

Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors, and with good reason. She has a way with words. She has a way with taking difficult topics, in this case suicide, and turn it into a book that’s somehow light and makes you smile. There’s always a touch of magic around her stories, something that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. And How to Fall in Love is no different.

Christine goes through life swearing by self-help books. How to Fire an Employee, How to Write A Self-Help Book, How to Enjoy Life. But no book can prepare her when she stumbles across Adam, standing on a bridge and about to kill himself. Christine manages to talk him out of it by promising to show him the beauty of life. She’s given exactly two weeks before Adam tries to kill himself again. So Christine helps him get his girlfriend back, helps him enjoy the little things in life, helps him with family issues. Only things get a little complicated when Christine finds herself falling in love with Adam.

I have to admit, there were parts that didn’t quite work for me. I thought Christine was sometimes a bit too thorough, walking in on him showering on purpose just to check if he wasn’t trying to kill himself. I get it, he’s suicidal, but there is such a thing as privacy, and some of the scenes felt weird.

However, once Christine and Adam start to really get along, things are wonderful. There were some scenes that really stood out to me, such as the time when they took a pie baking class together, or the time when Adam dressed up as Where’s Waldo and chased his ex-girlfriend around town with Christine in tow. When there was banter, it was glorious. When a scene had to be cute, it was freaking adorable. I can “complain” about Ahern usually waiting until the very end for the couple to really get together, so about halfway through I found myself looking a little bit like this:

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

But when they do get together, it’s very satisfying. I also really liked Christine’s family – blunt and straightforward to the point of me laughing at pretty much everything they said. They’ll talk about suicide as if you’re talking about the morning weather, and it was hilarious and incredibly refreshing.

In a way, How to Fall in Love is a self-help book for us too. It’s not just a love story, but it’s a story about how to fall in love with life. It’s sweet, it’s light, it’s fluffy and funny. And you will absolutely fall in love with it.
”Where would we be without tomorrows? What we’d have instead would be todays. And if that was the case, with you, I’d hope for the longest day for today. I’d fill today with you, doing everything I’ve ever loved. I’d laugh, I’d talk, I’d listen and learn, I’d love, I’d love, I’d love. I’d make every day today and spend them all with you, and I’d never worry about tomorrow, when I wouldn’t be with you. And when that dreaded tomorrow comes for us, please know that I didn’t want to leave you, or be left behind, that every single moment spent with you were the best times in my life.”

Ririn Aziz

About a month back, I told a dear friend that the new Cecelia Ahern's book is out and it was called 'How To Fall In Love'. Well, he was amused by it. After reading the synopsis, he asked me,"Can you teach someone how to fall in love? And I'm sure the two main characters will fall in love with each other." Since I haven't read the book at the time, his guess is as good as mine.

So here goes.

How To Fall In Love is the story or rather the journey of two different people, Christine and Adam. Both have some issues that were stressing them but ironically that was what bringing them together.

Christine was searching for happiness. For quite some times now, she felt lost and empty. She was addicted to self help books or the 'how to' books. After the incident with Simon Conway, she make up her mind to left her husband of less than one year of marriage.

Adam was also searching for a way out of all the problems that has been stressing him. He lost the job that he loved due to his father's illness. And when the illness was confirmed as terminal, all his hope to get back the job was crushed, because he has to take his father's place in the family's company, as per his grandfather's will. On top of that, the girlfriend that he hoped to be by his side during this trial has turned to another man, his own best friend.

So, it was on that night when Christine was following the instructions of one of her 'how to' books that she met Adam, who was ready to jump into the river at Ha'penny Bridge. Since she cannot save Simon from taking his own life just the week before, she was determined not to let Adam be another one that she will feel guilty about. She just agreed to everything he said, as long as he didn't jump to the river. After it was over, Christine just realised that she had struck a deal with Adam to try to make him fall in love with his life so that he won't feel the urge to take his life again. And if she failed, she has to face the consequence : Adam will take his own life again. And this time, there would be no holding back. The deadline is on Adam's birthday, which is two weeks away.

It was during this period that both of them learned some essential lessons about life. There would always be some way to cope with the problems that we faced as long as we opened our heart and mind. There are options for us, not only the obvious one. Life has to be lived to be felt, not just by following the instructions in the books or by taking the easiest way out.

So my dearest friend, of course they fell in love with each other, it was a matter of course. But it's the 'how to' that really counts, their journey to find the answers to their quest which led them to the thing that all of us searched for, the contentness with our own life, with someone who loved us by our side, who will always be there for us.

'My problem was, I was unhappy with me.You made me like me again. You helped me live my life again. And whether I have you or not, it won’t mean I’ll jump, or end my life. I need to be happy with me. All those things we did for Maria, I enjoyed them because I did them with you. I had fun with you. She may have been the reason, but you were the cause. While you were trying to make Maria fall in love with me, and make me fall in love with life, I fell in love with you.’ - Adam

Lili Marcus

I've been reading Ahern's works since forever and I love her novels because they're all heartwarming and easy reads. This one isn't different from all her works. I enjoyed it as much as I did with the others.

The heroine, CHRISTINE is obviously has some issues. Her obsessions with Self-help books shows that she isn't happy or contented with her life. And more importantly she needs help. She is looking for something(not gonna tell you what). But when she accidentally witnessed a guy who committed a suicide, she became more aware of her self-her problems and the things that she must do. One of those things is to get out of her marriage.

But her husband just can't get over their sudden separation and kept on pestering her. Christine's life took a little turn when she, once again, witnessed another guy,ADAM, trying to kill himself. Not wanting to commit the same mistake she did with the previous suicidal guy, she did everything to convince the guy not to do it.

She succeeded and since that day, Adam and Christine were inseparable. Christine, with the help of her self-help books, teaches Adam to love life again, including getting back his ex. And Adam, he still has his issues. He's depressed but little by little, his improvement is obvious and I remember being glad the way he boomed in the story.

My only slight problem is that I wish the book is longer and I want a more-definite ending. I want to see Adam really into counselling with a real Psychologist. I want to see both of them being sweet to each other because they're lovers already. It was a happy ending but I want a longer version of the story.

I read this one as I was having a break from writing and it turned out I picked the right book. I needed an easy, loving, heartwarming story. This one is all of those. Though it talks about suicide, it is still an easy read. Not depressing at all.

Thumbs up for Ahern.:) :) :)

Penny McGill

Almost forgot about this one. I've liked other books by Cecelia Ahern but this one didn't grab me at all. I found the whole idea behind the book to be too contrived (and this is not like me - I believe absolutely anything is possible in a novel) and as such I wasn't really swept away in the Romance of the story.

The main character and her love interest did not pull me in at all. On a few occasions I was frustrated by how she, Christine Rose, seemed to be too critical of her friends and not aware of her own failings. She chose to end her own short marriage and I almost felt as if her ex-husband was fortunate to have escaped her. Other parts of the story were not well-developed and took too much of my kindness to believe. Cecelia Ahern's gift for interesting characters popped through in the friends and family who supported Christine but not the woman herself. Sad to say, I wasn't very fond of her love interest either. Once I finished the book I cheerfully moved on to my next one without a thought for their happiness at all. This is not a good sign, usually I wonder what they'll do next and wish there would be a sequel. Not this time. Giving this book a 2-star rating only.