Book Review: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

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Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart are meant to be together. At the very early age of five, they become best friends. Their friendship strengthens through good times such as birthdays, weddings, births, and bad times such as broken dreams, lost jobs, divorces, and funerals. No matter where they are, they are always there for one another.

Alex and Rosie grow up in Dublin, Ireland.  When Alex is 17, his parents decide to move to Boston so that his father can pursue a better job. Rosie plans on following Alex over to Boston after graduation so that she can attend Boston University and become a hotel manager, something she has always wanted to be. After being accepted into college, and graduation from high school, Rosie makes one move that changes the course of the rest of her life: she gets pregnant.

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern, author of P.S. I Love You, is told through a series of correspondences between all of the characters in the novel. Characters write through snail mail, email, instant messages, and cards. The only part of the story that is told through prose is the epilogue. If you ever wanted to read a story and watch the main character grow from ages 5 – 50, this is your chance.

I really enjoyed this book because of the way it was written. I liked all the goofy cards sent throughout the Dunne family, the instant messages sent between Alex and Rosie during class, and the wedding invitations sent via snail mail from one country to another. I looked forward to the letters between Alex and Rosie the most, but also enjoyed reading letters/emails/instant messages from Rosie’s family friends, and eventually letters written by her daughter.

As you may have already guessed, even though Alex and Rosie are meant to be together, that doesn’t mean this is a book about their budding romance. Love, Rosie is about every single missed opportunity that they had to fall in love. To say this book is frustrating is an understatement. Everything that could keep soul mates apart in life, happened to Alex and Rosie. If they weren’t so stubborn, their love could have overcome many of these obstacles, but they were both too set on not hurting other people’s feelings by putting their own feelings aside.

I picked this book up because I thought it would be a light read compared to the heavy subjects I have been reading lately. Although the story is supposed to be light, I felt stressed for Rosie, stressed for Alex, and stressed for every other character in the novel. No one could catch a break: characters lost hope, lost jobs, and lost each other.

The plotline I hated the most had to do with Katie’s father. He should have just stayed out of the entire novel, then I would have enjoyed the second half of the story much more. The most frustrating part of the story, though, was the ending. I was finally happy with where Rosie and Alex relationship was heading and then BAM: no more letters, no more emails, no more instant messages, just an epilogue. Really? I had to read a whole bunch of nonsense just to get to the good stuff and then be let down?

Love, Rosie will soon come alive on the big screen. For once, I hope they DON’T put every fact written in the novel, in the movie, because if they did, it would be the longest, drawn out movie ever. I would recommend this book to someone who had a lot of time to kill, like a long plane ride, a long day at the beach, or a whole week of rainy days. You won’t want to put it down, but that’s only because you just want to get to the end and see what, and if, anything good happens.

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