Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
What happens when two people who are meant to be together can’t seem to get it right?
Rosie and Alex are destined for each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, they are separated as teenagers when Alex and his family relocate from Dublin to Boston.
Like two ships always passing in the night, Rosie and Alex stay friends, and though years pass, the two remain firmly attached via emails and letters. Heartbroken, they learn to live without each other. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel o f several missed opportunities, Rosie and Alex learn that fate isn’t quite done with them yet.
The characters in this book were so well described and every single character arc was done fabulously. Within the first ten pages I had already fallen in love with Rosie and Alex which I knew was probably a bad thing considering the book was over four hundred pages and I knew we had a long road ahead of us. Through their own romances and life events you not only fall deeper in love with who they are but the level of compassion, at least for me, went up. With that being said they also frustrated the hell out of me and I wanted to shake both of them SO MANY TIMES throughout the book but I can honestly say I still loved both of them on the last page.
My copy of Love, Rosie (which is pictured at the top of the post) was 448 pages. Usually a book of this size would usually sake me 3-5 days to read depending on how much I loved the book. I read Love, Rosie in two days. The entire book, except for the last few pages, was written entirely in letters and IM messages. At first I was concerned that this would take away from the story/characters, it didn’t at all. I still fell in love with the characters, as well as completely despised others, and didn’t feel slighted at all. It also made it such a quick read because for the most part it went from one event to the other, with a few exceptions.
One of the things that I did not like in this book was how much it seemed to drag on at times. In the synopsis you can clearly tell that it will be a long journey for these two characters and their relationship but holy shit…I finally was on page 400 and had the realization that we were still waiting for something incredible to happen and the rating immediately lost one star right there.
The other star taken off was for a few reasons. One, I thought that there were more than a few slow parts in the story and instead of keeping the pace steady throughout the novel I found myself forcing to get to the next moderately exciting part. Another reason was that, in my opinion, I felt like there could’ve been a few parts that could have been cut out entirely. (i.e. without spoiling too much Rosie starts to chat with a group of people towards the second half of the book and I honestly hated reading those sections. They weren’t very exciting and felt a lot like filler rather than adding anything to Rosie’s story.)
If you are looking for a quick, cute read I would definitely recommend this book. I would advise that some people may think it goes on far too long, and I would say I felt like that at moments, but I also think some people will agree with me that it’s a very cute love story.
I would also recommend this book for a readathon.