You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with…

When a stranger utters these words to Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, it turns her highly ordered life upside down. In her current life as a parking warden, she has left her eccentric father and unconventional childhood behind for a bold new life in the city.

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But a single encounter leads her to ask the question she’s been avoiding for so long: who are the people who made her the way she is? And who are the five people who can shape and determine her future? Just as she once joined the freckles on her skin to mirror the constellations in the night sky, she must once again look for connections.

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

Five people. Five stars. Freckle to freckle. Star to star

My Review

A traffic warden as the main protagonist in a novel? How in the world was I going to like this? Well I actually loved it, though I cringed occasionally when she issued a ticket. She can be a bit of a jobsworth.

Allegra Bird is the hero of our story. Nicknamed Freckles – you guessed it because she has freckles – she is a rather unusual girl. Raised by her eccentric father Pops, her Spanish mother gave her up at birth. She has left the island where she lived all her life and moved to Dublin to fulfil her dream of becoming a Gardai. Unfortunately she didn’t get accepted so has taken a job as a parking warden instead.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with…

One day while issuing yet another ticket to You Tuber Tristan known as Rooster, he tells her about the five people. So if your five are all losers, what does that make you?

Allegra takes this to heart and her quest leads her to discover who her real friends are and who will influence her the most. Just as she once joined the freckles on her skin to mirror the constellations in the night sky, she must yet again look for connections. It’s a heartwarming tale full of humour, friendship and growing to love yourself as a person.

And my favourite character in the book? Tristan for me. Even with his Prada footwear and yellow Ferrari that Allegra hates so much.

Many thanks to @annecater for inviting me to be part of #RandomThingsTours and to The Pigeonhole and to my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read..

About the Author

Cecelia Ahern is one of the biggest selling authors to emerge in the past fifteen years, having sold more than 25 million copies worldwide in over 50 countries. 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.

Cecelia has written 13 bestselling novels including two YA novels and a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, ROAR which is being produced by and starring Nicole Kidman. Her novels have resonated with readers everywhere through their thoughtful, unique and inspiring storytelling and have won numerous awards. Cecelia lives in Dublin with her family. To find out more please visit

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