Thanks for the Memories

By Cecelia Ahern

41,178 ratings - 3.7* vote

A compelling and perceptive tale of intimacy, memory and relationships from the No.1 bestselling author.How can you know someone you’ve never met?Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair.Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonel A compelling and perceptive tale of intimacy, memory and relationships from the No.1 bestselling author.How can

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Book details

Paperback, 373 pages
April 1st 2008 by HarperCollins

(first published January 1st 2008)

Original Title
Thanks for the Memories
000723368X (ISBN13: 9780007233687)
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Mansi Sharma

"Sometimes we need all the glue we can get, just to hold ourselves together." This is one book that I just didn't want to have an end. It taught me so much. Specially the things that I knew but couldn't quite come one to. Thanks for the Memories has two parallel stories looking for one common destination. An Irish woman Joyce has just had a tsunami of troubled times in her life. She's going through the loss of her unborn child, a failed marriage and has to face all those sorry faces that she could clearly do without. She has her 75 year old father with her (the best best BEST character in the book who'd make you laugh your hearts out), and her two best friends, indeed. An American man Justin, who has moved across the country just to be close to his daughter Bea, is recovering from his divorce. An art and architecture freak, he comes to Dublin as a guest lecturer and has to donate his blood just to get in the good books of this gorgeous doctor Sarah. This blood saves Joyce's life when she has the miscarriage. After the blood transfusion, Joyce learns Latin and Italian overnight; apart from the great, great knowledge about the Renaissance Paintings and architecture. The rest is for you to find out! :P
It is an amazing, amazing story which would make you laugh and smile through the tears. This fiction, ironically, will help you a great deal in going through the reality and not to forget, a better understanding of life and death and everything in between!

Happy Reading! :)


How is it possible to know someone you've never met?

With her marriage already in pieces, Joyce Conway nearly lost everything else. But she survived the terrible accident - and now, inexplicably, she can remember faces she has never seen, cobblestone Parisian streets she's never visited.

Thanks For The Memories is like a bubble gum, it stretches until it bursts. And unfortunately my patience stretched and burst with it and then I wasn't interested in what was to happen next, not at all. I indeed wouldn't mind if Joyce went nuts and killed everyone around her, well, perhaps I would be even glad because it would be more interesting than waiting for her encounter with Justin all the time.

And I didn't like Justin, he was sooo selfish and such a pig to Sarah and then there is that odd blood transfusion.. Occasional fits of laughter and my resolve not to abandon yet another book were the only things that made me finish it, neverthless I skimmed a lot and the ending wasn't worth the effort. I was waiting for one scene, expecting it to be great and that scene came only at the very last pages and left me mad. Was I waiting for that all the time?!

Meghan Cooper

I finished Thanks For The Memories last night at about 10.30. I read a full 300 hundred pages in the evening. Maybe slightly obsessive, but It was a rather addictive story! It’s really hard to judge this book by its cover, it is so pretty and the colours are just lovely!
Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern is her fifth book to be published and is definitely my favourite so far.

It follows Joyce as she comes to term with the loss of her unborn baby due to an accident falling down the stairs. She feels this strange connection though with a random man she meets in a hairdressers. She is also remembering some one elses memories. She dreams of a little girl with blonde hair and of places she’s never been. She miraculously learns italian overnight. She follows her heart and finds out what’s behind all of these strange happenings.

I really enjoyed this book because I loved the whole idea and concept that Ahern came up with. Also I enjoyed the romance between them even though they only speak two or three times in the book. I can imagine them marrying and everything, Ahern gave you enough just to let you imagine what happens next. My favourite part of this books concoction of good points was the humor. With Cecelia Ahern’s other books I didn’t laugh at all, it was more crying related, with Thanks for the Memories I laughed so much. I loved the whole excursion to London with her father. Her crazy, funny and sweet father is what made this novel colourful for me. He added the extra dimension.

On the other hand it would have been nicer if the book had of had more time of the two main characters together. It felt almost unfinished. There were lots of circles in the plot, but this is quite like Ahern’s style of writing and it has been apparent in her other books. I was quite confused at the beginning as to what had happened to Joyce, I thought she had been in a car accident and I think that it would have worked without her having to lose her baby. I didn’t really understand how she would need a blood transfusion from that…. Also the beginning prologue didn’t really grab my attention.

Overall this novel was full of funny characters, hilarious jokes, romantic sections and the novel was fast-moving. To make it better Ahern needs to add more bulk to her storylines. It was an excellent idea though.

My Favourite Part: When Joyce and her father visit the antique roadshow and steal a bin and get on television for it! Never laughed so much. Also when they go on the viking bus!

Saddest Part: When she moves in with her father and sees the blood stain on the carpet from when she fell and lost her baby…

Cutest Part: When Justin chases after Joyce’s Viking Bus. Ah and then he calls out her name even though he doesn’t know it.


I have read a few of Cecelia Ahern's novels now (although not her most famous, P.S I love You) and to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure what the hype is about. Maybe in my old age I'm just too cynical for Ahern's brand of *~magical~* romances.

Its not even solely that the premise (girl and boy gain long distance connection through blood transfusion) requires a massive suspension of disbelief. If there was any sort of real romantic pay-off I could accept quite a lot from a writer. But this story left me cold, mostly because I don't actually find it that romantic that you discover you're "perfect" for this guy once you've basically had your entire personality excised by his blood. No joke, Joyce, the character in this novel goes from being a fun loving, vegetarian, estate agent to an authority of architechture (leading to her being unable to perform her job), a speaker of several languages, a bit of a kill joy and a rabid meat eater. And then she can meet the man of "her" dreams (actually the man of the memories she's dreaming that have somehow been transmitted to her). I'm sorry, but what about being completely obliterated as a person ranks as romantic?

Even more than my problems with this point of the plot is the fact that, in an attempt to extend the initial mystery of the novel's set up, we spend almost the entire book getting to the "good" bits of any romance - and its not even as if the novel had me in suspense. About 20 pages in it became obvious what had happened, so I was just wading through wondering when I was going to reach the romantic meeting/ realisation of these characters.

In an attempt to not be completely negative, I will say that there were some good secondary characters in this novel (Joyce's dad in particular) and it wasn't an absolute chore to read. Eseentially it was a mindlessly sort-of enjoyable and entirely forgettable read. And that's the closest to an endorsement you're going to get from me. Unfortunately, I require a little bit more, even if it is "only" chick lit.


Thanks for the Memories is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by Cecelia Ahern. This book has a bit of magical realism added to it that gave it a pretty unique storyline. Imagine having a blood transfusion and suddenly being linked to the donor and vice versa. Pretty unreal, huh? Overall, I thought Thanks for the Memories was fun, sweet, and creative. But...Ms. Ahern took the slow lane on the highway just to go to the corner store in my opinion. This would have been the perfect plot for a short story versus a full-length novel. It's slow-going and long and I felt it for sure. I won't be reading this for a second time but it was an OK read overall. I had to add a star to my initial 2-star rating because you know it's Cecelia Ahern

My favorite quote:
“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 further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us 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.”


What a wonderful book!!!! This book was one of those rare books that grabbed me from the first chapter, one that you can't put down, you just have to keep reading to find out what is going to happen to the characters and you read as fast as you possibly can.
This was such a beautifully told story from the first page to the last. I loved the diversity of the characters, the pain, the relationships, I laughed until I nearly cried and then I cried when I felt their pain.
The story is set mainly in Ireland and in a clever way tells you about a lot of the local architecture. It is about 2 people whose lives cross in a most unusual way and their, at times hilarious interactions with their own families and friends. There is a scene in a hotel room between Joyce and her Dad when they laugh hysterically and just can't stop, then her elderly father laughs so hard he farts (her word not mine) and then has a little 'accident'. This scene was so funny I had tears rolling down my face. It also had a touch of fairytale magic in it, yet was more a story about family relationships than romance.
So thank you to Cecelia Ahern for a very entertaining book, I will definitely read more of your books now!


Although I started reading this book and got a reading slump I started reading it all over right from the start and I just finished it today and I totally loved it. *happy dancing*  photo yaayy_zpsv3zbussn.gif

It was a very interesting story, something that I never heard of, and I didn't expect this at all. I just loved the way that every chapter kept blowing my mind.  photo whatttt_zpszpwuqgme.gif

It had some little jokes and funny parts that made me smile and laugh,  photo laughing_zps6s5xvjfp.gif

but sometimes it was a bit annoying like the parts when Joyce's dad kept talking on how to make "jealous" an old man named Donald, by having a nice trip. And although he is a nice person sometimes he really annoyed me.  photo annoyed_zpsmv6rsdx3.gif

Anyway, Joyce and Justin's adventures kept making me so excited. They basically saw each-other almost everywhere they went and it was so adorable, so lovely to see them struggle just to meet. And then in the end the things were complicated but they made it, although I didn't like the ending that much,it could have lasted a few more pages before the end but it was cute and it still works. [image error]

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Thanks for the Memories is the latest book by Cecelia Ahern, acclaimed author of bestseller PS I Love You as well as the youngest daughter of former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern. The 28-year-old seems to have all going well for her: Her third novel, If You Could See Me Now, will be the second novel adaptation hitting the screens soon while her fourth novel, A Place Called Here, is to be made into a US TV series.

After a devastating miscarriage which also spells the last of her fast falling apart marriage, Joyce Conway moves in with her muddled and eccentric father. She begins recalling memories that do not belong to her. Instead, they belong to Justin Hitchcock, a divorced architecture guest lecturer in Dublin.

Despite reading several rave reviews of Thanks for the Memories and of the author herself, I was unable to apprehend the book's success. Barely reading up to a third of the book, it became so obvious what happened that it left me wondering when I would reach the romantic climax. I must say, I was kept waiting for a pretty long time. First I had to suspend all disbelief of the premise that two individuals might be connected through a blood transfusion. Second, after much waiting, there was hardly much of a romantic climax per say. The two instantly deemed each other perfect upon finding out the source of their connection. Third, the book delivers far less than expected – characters show much promise with fun-loving, vegetarian Joyce and a geeky-cute architecture lecturer of a love interest. Interestingly, the supporting cast, Joyce's father, proves much more entertaining to read instead.

That said, it was characters like this that kept me through the book. Otherwise, Thanks for the Memories was hardly a chick lit read and only worth an attempt by Ahern's avid fans.

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Sandra Grauschopf

I picked up this book because of the blurb on the back that said, "Cecelia Ahern is queen of the modern fairytale." I love fairytales, and I thought that a chick lit book with a fairytale feel would be awesome.

But it seems that whoever wrote that blurb has never actually read a fairytale, only knows that they have something to do with magic. Or something. And this book does have one incredibly unlikely magical element, which is already hard to buy into.

So you know that the hero and the heroine are fated to be together from the very beginning. Unfortunately, they're both too childish, immature, and downright stupid to be able to manage it. The book would be about 50 pages long, if either character had a grain of sense to them. Since they don't, they manage to drag on the tale for 489 pages, by the end of which, I was hoping more for some kind of crippling accident to put them out of my misery than the promised "happy ending."

But lo, there was no "rocks fall, everyone dies" moment, and everyone is happy by the end. Lalalala.



Thanks for the memories is hilarious, moving and sad all at the same time, I've read this book about 4 times now and it never gets old I still find myself giggling when I put it down.
I really do highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a little cry and a fun pick me up ?