Monday, August 11th 2014
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publication Date: December 2006
Genre: Adult Fiction
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
I purchased this book for review.
Rosie and Alex are best friends. They dreamed of big adventures together, like going to America and starting a new life, much different than their lives in Ireland. But Alex’s family moves away, to America and Rosie is left behind in her small Dublin town. Through emails, Instant Messages and letters, Rosie and Alex grow up and live their lives, hoping one day fate will bring them together again.
I’ll admit that I never read or saw the author’s big hit P.S. I Love You. I hear it’s very good.
I read this book because I saw this:
The film is coming out end of 2014 and I can’t wait. Naturally, I had to read the book first!
Funny enough, my husband was out all day and I was more than happy to sit down with this book and read!
There’s a lot of wonderful things about Love, Rosie. (Originally titled Where Rainbows End.) The emails and Instant Messages are clever and funny, getting each character’s personality across clearly. It does read like a script or a play, dialogue driven and a fast moving plot. I love Rosie, who is young and naive but has to grow up very fast. Her story is one of challenge and self discovery. Of course I love Alex, who is misguided and somewhat selfish. I wanted to slap him so many times.
The story is about how they keep missing each other. One is engaged, one is married. One is stuck in Dublin while another is in Boston. There are a lot of missed chances and heavy silences. While I did enjoy the book, I think it was a bit long. By the time I got to halfway, I felt like the things keeping them apart were happening to them again. One is married, now they’re married again, like there wasn’t anything new or refreshing keeping them besides their own stubborness to actually pick up the phone and tell the other one how they felt.
It can be really frustrating when both main characters are keeping secrets from the other and that’s why it’s causing so many problems! GAH!
Also, because the book is told entirely in emails, messages and letters, the format can be a bit tiring. While I devoured the first half, by the second I was dying for some descriptions on their worlds. The supporting characters were fun and added a nice touch to the story, but Rosie’s main friend Ruby was a bit irksome and I was happy when those bits were over.
Overall, the book is a fun fast read filled with romance and heart. I really enjoyed it. It was perfect for a Saturday afternoon.
And I can’t wait to see the movie!!
P.S. – the trailer uses the song “High Hopes” by Kodaline, a band that I saw a year ago when they first came to Los Angeles in this tiny venue. Now they sell out shows. If you haven’t checked them out, DO IT!
Rating 7 Would Recommend