Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Review: Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End) by Cecelia Ahern
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: January 19th, 2009
From naughty children to rebellious teenagers, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But just as they're discovering the joys of teenage nights on the town and dating disasters, they're separated. Alex's family moves from Dublin to America - and Alex goes with them. For good. Rosie's lost without her best friend. But on the eve of her departure to join Alex in Boston, Rosie gets news that will change her life forever - and keep her at home in Ireland. But destiny, Alex and Rosie discover, is a funny thing and fate isn't quite done with them yet…
I read Love, Rosie, originally known as Where Rainbows End, after seeing the film adaptation of the same name. I was intrigued as to what the differences would be, and I enjoyed the film enough to want to find out more about these two incredibly likeable characters. Having sat on my shelf for months, I finally picked this book up determined to lose myself in a love story like no other. I'm glad I did because I loved every page of Rosie's and Alex's story, and I reached the last page with a huge grin on my face.
I don't want to ramble on too much about the book - I easily could - but I do want to say that it's written in such a way that makes it very difficult to put down. Rosie and Alex converse with each other their whole lives, through letters, emails, texts, phone calls and any other form of communication you think of. In fact, I'm surprised they didn't adopt Morse Code as an emergency way to keep in touch! Each correspondence is important and relevant, and moves their story along that extra inch. It's such an easy, fluid way to write a novel, and so far it's my favourite of Cecelia Ahern's.
Rosie and Alex are both brilliant, brilliantly flawed and illuminatingly realistic. They make mistakes, they choose the wrong path yet they constantly live life, whether it's the right or wrong thing to do. They have dreams, goals, families, loves, losses, hopes and tragedies throughout their fifty chronicled years, but still one thing always remains: their friendship. It's so strong that I ended the book more than a little jealous that I don't have one just like it!
Love, Rosie is exactly the book I needed to make me want to read again, and I now know why it's remained so popular since it was first published. I got completely lost in the lives of Rosie and Alex, willing them on, laughing with them and even shedding a tear or two with them as they experienced the very best and worst life has to offer. I recommend this one to everyone and I can't thank Cecelia Ahern enough for writing such a great book - it's addictive from start to finish!