Literature: P.S. I Love You

A novel written in 2004 by Cecelia Ahern about a young woman, Holly, dealing with the death of her beloved husband Gerry. Distraught and depressed, Holly withdraws from family and friends until she received a cake with a message, sent by her deceased husband. The cake is the first of several letters - all ending in P.S. I Love You - which Gerry had arranged to be sent after his death to help her push forward to the future.

Made into a film in 2007, starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow and Kathy Bates, which moves the setting to Lower Manhattan.


Tropes in the film:

  • Better as Friends: Holly and Daniel decide this at the end of the movie.
  • Dead Man Writing: The book/movie revolves around this entire concept.
  • Disappeared Dad: Holly's father.
  • Happily Married: Holly and Gerry until his death.
  • The Hero Dies: Gerry himself. The audience knows this from the start.
  • Mess of Woe: After Gerry dies, Holly stops leaving the house, eschews bathing or cleaning up the piling trash and dishes in favor of slumping around in her dead husband's shirts, reenacting old movies line-by-line. The entire point of Gerry's letters is to help her start to live again.
  • Romancing the Widow: Daniel and William.
  • Reunion Kiss: Holly once had made a bet with Gerry that if she happened to meet him again by chance, she would return his jacket. Some time later, by luck, she entered the pub where he was singing and he swept her off her feet for a kiss.
  • Serenade Your Lover: Gerry sings Galway Girl to Holly.
  • Ship Tease: There were some moments between Holly and William a childhood friend of Gerry's. Also at the end, Holly's mother and William's father.
  • Test Kiss: Holly and her friend Daniel kiss before pulling away and laughing and claiming it felt more like kissing a sister.
    • Holly's friend Denise asks a few questions when she is interested in a guy and then kisses him. Hilariously inverted when this was how her future husband met her.
  • Title Drop: Occurred at the end of every single letters/messages from Gerry.

Alternative Title(s):

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