By: Cecelia Ahern
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
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 each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, the 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.
I’ve often seen Cecelia Ahern’s books floating around but never thought to pick them up, really. I did see the movie adaptation of this book earlier this year, which I thought was a cute enough watch, but when I saw the eBook on sale, I decided to pick it up and see how the original story compared (also, goodness knows I need some light reads peppered throughout my TBR pile; I’ve amassed a lot of hefty and chunkster titles lately). Contains some spoilers ahead (if you’ve seen the movie, you’re good)!
This book is told in a series of letters, texts, emails, chatroom scripts that the characters write to each other over a span of 50 years (yes, the movie condensed it down to their 30s, which I suppose made sense). Rosie, Alex, and their family and friends basically grow up before the reader as we follow their messages and what they reveal about their lives and their feelings through these messages; it made you feel like you were a part of their lives, really. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s a thoughtful glimpse of how life can be so unexpected and how things don’t always go as planned and really that ongoing process of growing up.
Of course, how frustrating it was to read as Rosie and Alex seem to keep on missing their moments that by the final quarter of the novel I wondered if this was going to end radically different from the movie and they just end up never ending up together because of their constant misses. Which would’ve been a damper (especially as Rosie went through quite a bit of crap along the way) but it would’ve been in line with the general theme of how unexpected and messy life can be. So I was quite relieved when things turned out quite happily at the end.
Overall I enjoyed reading Love, Rosie and following these characters as they navigate every success and pitfall they encounter along the way. The format is of coruse a bit different from your typical novel but it works really well here as the story is basically told from the characters’ perspectives. I read this book during the Labour Day long weekend last year so it was a perfect summer read, really.