Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern | Book Review


BLURB: 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 (Goodreads).
Life is funny isn’t it? Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, just when you finally begin to plan something, get excited about something, and feel like you know what direction you’re heading in, the paths change, the signs change, the wind blows the other way, north is suddenly south, and east is west, and you’re lost. It is so easy to lose your way, to lose direction.

Title: Love, Rosie (previously known as Where Rainbow Ends)
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit, New Adult
Pages: 512 pages
Publication: December 1st 2006 by Hachette Books
Source: Popular Bookstore
Goodreads rating: 3.95/5
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Get this book at: Book Depository | Popular | Google Book

DISCLAIMER: I'm updating this post in January 2020 and this post was originally written and published in 2016. Man, time flew by. By now, I already reread this book 3 times and I'm currently rereading it again. I actually planned to reread this yearly but I missed last year's reread due to the hectic-ness of life. 

Love, Rosie is definitely one of my all-time favourite books, probably because of the nostalgia it brings me or maybe because as cheesy as this might sound, this was the book that shows me what love should be like and has the kind of love that I would really love to have. Alex and Rosie's love story shows me that no matter how far you are from someone, how many years passed since you know each other and how many fights you had with someone if you are meant to be, you will get together in the end. Sure, this is fiction, it is unrealistic to want that kind of love and to find a love story like this is very rare but the fact that if you're meant to be with someone you'll still get together no matter what the circumstances are is still very much true.

You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy.
In this book, I saw both Alex and Rosie grow; 6-year-old Alex and Rosie fighting with each other because of a mere birthday party, teenage Alex and Rosie planning to be together for the years to come without really realizing their feelings for each other, Alex and Rosie as adults pining for each other and kept losing the chance to get together and although for some people this is slow and boring, as a reader who digs character development and character-driven books, I absolutely love this part of the book. I love seeing them grow, I love laughing and crying along with these characters and I love throwing hate for each of the partners they had throughout their lives. It takes so long for them to finally get together and of course, it was frustrating seeing them keep wasting their chances to get together but when they finally get together, it just felt so right.

This book is 512 pages thick but since it's in email, text messages, IM, chats and letter form, I literally flew through it every time I read this book. In fact, I think that this book makes the reading experience more enjoyable because the format keeps changing because of technology lol. Sure, there are a lot of fillers that aren't necessary but as I said before, I love going through everything with these characters and I stand by what I said. The writing style is as simple as it can be since it's in chats form but there are some beautifully written quotes here and there that caught my eyes.

Our life is made up of time; our days are measured in hours, our pay measured by those hours, our knowledge is measured by years. We grab a few quick minutes in our busy day to have a coffee break. We rush back to our desks, we watch the clock, we live by appointments. And yet your time eventually runs out and you wonder in your heart of hearts if those seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and decades were being spent the best way they possibly could. In other words, if you could change anything, would you?

Compared to the movie, this book does have a longer timeline. However, I love both the movie and the book in the same way. I watched the movie before I read the book but I still managed to fall in love with the story and characters. Alex and Rosie in the movie are similar to the ones in the book but definitely are not the same. In the book, you can enjoy knowing the characters more since more details are put into the book and the movie had a great visualization of the story and song that I love as soundtrack so both movie and book win, in my opinion.

Recommended for people who love: slow-burn romance, friends-to-lovers trope, cute romance, great character development, chats-form books.

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