Thursday, February 19, 2015

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Love, Rosie
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date:  December 1, 2006
Pages: 512
Source/format: Paperback/Library

Rating: ☆☆☆  

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Sometimes you have to look at life in a whole new way...

From the bestselling author of PS, I Love You comes a delightfully enchanting novel about what happens when two people who are meant to be together just can't seem to get it right.

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.

From the gifted author of PS, I Love You comes this charming, romantic, addictively page-turning novel that will keep readers laughing and guessing until the very last page.

My Thoughts:

The first book I read by Cecelia Ahern was P.S. I Love You and I was meh about it. I gave Love, Rosie a try sometime a bit after the publication release. This is my second time reading this book. I loved the book when I first read it and only remembered bits and pieces of the plot. I heard another version of a film adaptation was in the works and I wanted to reread the book before the movie is released. The original name for the book is Where Rainbows End (Ireland). The US versions are Rosie Dunne and Love, Rosie.

All I can say is that I love the letter, e-mail and instant messaging format of the book. It makes it easy and fun to read. At 516 pages, the book flies by super quickly due to the formatting. Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart are destined to be together ever since they are little. All those little fights about not being able to go to birthday parties to fights about significant others show that they both care about each other. They may not know that they are soul mates at first but the readers do. I love seeing their friendship blossom to love.

I was super excited when both Rosie and Alex moved to Boston. Because I am originally from the Boston area and currently reside north of Boston, Massachusetts, I can picture Harvard and Boston University clearly in my head. I don't want to spoil other parts of the book but this is such a cute and fun read. The book starts out when Rosie and Alex are little kids and it goes through a chronological timeline to when they are older with families and established careers. This book is a roller coaster of emotions.

If you are looking for a cute and fun contemporary read, pick up Love, Rosie. I highly suggest reading the book before seeing the film if you plan on seeing the film. You know the book is always better than the film anyways.

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