Title: Love, Rosie (Original Title: Where Rainbows End)
Author: Cecilia Ahern
Goodreads Synopsis: 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 was such a cute book! It was such a light and fun read that I just flew through it. This novel follows the lives of Rosie and Alex from the ages of 5 to 50, told entirely through correspondence. This writing style isn’t for everyone, but I loved that it was written through instant messages, letters, chat rooms, emails, etc. I thought that it made the book more personal, like I was reading someone’s diary. It took some getting used to, but I thought it was such a cool and different way to portray the story and the characters. My biggest complaint about it was that it was sometimes difficult to figure out how much time had passed between each entry. Sometimes it would be months between dialogues and I would be left wondering what had happened in between. This also made it hard to really connect with the characters because we don’t see their internal dialogue, only what they choose to confide in other people. So while we get that intimacy of being a personal confidant, we don’t get their personal thoughts. Everything was second hand.
I found Rosie and Alex easy to like because they were human, with human flaws and human emotions. I became so invested in their love story because I found them so incredibly ordinary. It was easy to see this scenario happening in real life. I got so frustrated with them because they let life get away with them time and time again. Several times I just wanted to smack them over the head and tell them how stubborn and stupid they were being! Life is short, and sometimes you just have to tell your best friend that you’re in love with him! (YOLO.)
Side note: I watched the film with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin after reading this and I have to say that the pacing in the film was so much better. Although, it didn’t follow the book as well.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a light, funny, romantic, read. This is definitely a book that I would take on a vacation over the summer. (Despite the length!)