My initial impression of ‘Freckles’ by Cecelia Ahern, was that it was quite a slow read…however, shortly after I revised this to a ‘steady’ read. It’s a study of personal growth, and therefore a story that I felt couldn’t be rushed!
Allegra Bird, aka Freckles, is the only daughter of an eccentric father, and a Spanish mother. Abandoned by her mother when she was born, Allegra has been brought up by her father, but now in adulthood, works as a Traffic Warden in Dublin. As the story progresses, we become aware that she has come to Dublin to find her mother.
Allegra is a quirky character seeking to find herself, and her life appears almost entirely governed by rules and routines, perhaps in an effort to make some sort of sense of it. She is very self-aware, and during a chance meeting with a stranger, she has cause to reflect on what might have influenced her nurture to become who she is.
‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’
As Allegra reflects on people she would like to spend time and those she already spends time with, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, which doesn’t necessarily end with a happily ever after, but certainly results in a greater understanding of the influences on her life that have made her who she is.
I enjoyed ‘Freckles’. It was ponderous, thoughtful and reflective, and certainly caused me to think alongside Allegra of the five people I spend the most time with.
I give this book five stars.