National Book Tokens Popular Fiction Book of the Year

Shortlisted 2021


By Cecelia Ahern

Allegra Bird’s arms are scattered with freckles, a gift from her beloved father. But despite her nickname, Freckles has never been able to join all the dots. So when a stranger tells her that everyone is the average of the five people they spend the most time with, it opens up something deep inside.

The trouble is, Freckles doesn’t know if she has five people. And if not, what does that say about her? She’s left her unconventional father and her friends behind for a bold new life in Dublin, but she’s still an outsider.

Now, in a quest to understand, she must find not one but five people who shape her – and who will determine her future.

Told in Allegra’s vivid, original voice, moving from modern Dublin to the fierce Atlantic coast, this is an unforgettable story of human connection, of friendship, and of growing into your own skin.

About Cecelia Ahern...

Cecelia Ahern is one of the biggest selling authors to emerge in the past seventeen years, having sold more than 25 million copies internationally in over 40 countries, in 30 languages.
Two of her books have been adapted as major films and she has created several TV series in the US and Germany. Her novel PS I Love You was a New York Times bestseller and huge #1 bestseller in Ireland and the UK. In 2007, it was made into a major film starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and most recently, Cecelia wrote the sequel, Postscript, which was an instant bestseller and will be adapted as a feature film.

Cecelia has written 17 bestselling books including two YA novels and a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, ROAR which is now in development by Nicole Kidman. Her novels have resonated with readers through their thoughtful, unique and inspiring storytelling, and have won numerous awards.

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