Review: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Love, Rosie 
Original Title: Where Rainbows End 
Author: Cecelia Ahern 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance  
Publication date: December 1, 2006 
Rating: ★★★½ 

Rosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S. She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She's pregnant by a boy she'd gone out with while on the rebound from Alex. Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn't done with them yet.

This book was absolutely adorable. I loved every page of it. It was a charming, funny, tragic, fast and emotional book – great for lazy weekends. It’s the kind of novel you read in one sitting. The kind of book that’s so relatable you can’t help but get emotionally involved. I just had to read it after watching that amazing movie with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.

At first we had so much to catch up on we were talking a hundred words a second, barely even listening to the ends of one another's sentences before moving onto the next. And there was laughing. Lots of laughing. Then the laughing stopped and there was this silence. What the hell was it? It was like the world stopped turning in that instant. Like everyone around us had disappeared. Like everything at home was forgotten about. It was as if those few minutes on this world were created just for us and all we could do was look at each other.

The story is about a boy and a girl (surprise!), Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart who have been best friends since kindergarten. Their friendship is so special to them that neither wants to put in jeopardy. Especially not when they start to feel more. Both keep quiet and act like nothing has changed and so they go their own ways. They grow up and they start living very different lives in very different parts of the world, but they still keep in touch. They get into relationships, get children, different jobs, different friends… but none of it works out as planned – because they are actually still hung up on someone else. And yet they keep missing each other. It’s a true rollercoaster of emotions and I both laughed and despaired – all the time basically screaming at them to get together.

I loved both of them. Rosie was very independent and strong. She has a shitty life, but she still manages to make the best of it and to remain her charming self. She had a good sense of humor and the ability to laugh with her problems. And Alex… I loved him. I’d have dated him myself if I didn’t want him to be with Rosie so bad. Sometimes they acted foolish and they definitely made a lot of wrong choices, but they were both still really adorable.

You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy.

The book is written through letters, e-mails and text-messages. I don’t usually like this. I prefer ‘normal’ stories. But it worked surprisingly well here. If anything it gave the story a wider approach. We got to read so many different opinions and views. But of course this also means that there are no direct conversations between the characters. We learn almost everything in ‘hindsight’. The characters tell other characters about things that have happened. It worked really well, but I still missed a bit of ‘action’?

After all this, maybe you’re wondering why I only gave it 3.5 stars. And you’re right, because I really liked it. It’s just that despite everything this book isn’t ground-breaking or truly surprising or anything. And that’s okay. I needed this book to be just a little predictable. But as far as books go, this isn’t the one that will change your life. Bu read it, it’s really nice – especially when you’re in a bit of a lonely mood.

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