So today I present you with a book review! I’ve recently finished Celia Ahern’s Love, Rosie – it was actually published as Where Rainbows End but after the film adaptation was produced, it’s been later published in the same name as the film: Love, Rosie.
Overall, I really really enjoyed this book, it’s very similar to One Day by David Nicholls in that it focuses on two best friends over the course of the majority of their lives and focuses on how their relationship grows and changes over time. I really love books like this, being able to really follow a character throughout their lifetime. Love, Rosie follows best friends Rosie and Alex from childhood to their fifties in a series of emails, letters and Instant messages, which I find is a really unique form of a book; kind of hard to get used to at first but when you get into it it’s a nice change compared to normal fiction.
I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone but I guess in one way I was a little disappointed. It was a really enjoyable book but as a sucker for a love story, I was really expecting them to get together much sooner than they did! Maybe that’s my romantic optimism there! Either way though, I think the rest of the book was really fantastic, the type of book you can read on the beach. I think it poses some important issues too – it covers teen pregnancy, divorce, death and grief which I think all make this book special and emotional and really relatable and really teaches you to live your life as best you can day to day. At the end of the day, life has so many ups and downs that we all experience and I think this book really emphasises that although you experience the lows, there are so many amazing highs in life, and it’s just so so realistic and relatable – even for a 19 year old.
Basically I would definitely recommend this book. Celia Ahern’s writing is really down to earth and smooth sailing. And I really love the idea of fate and destiny. I think this book is definitely a lovely one for spring and summer, for holiday reading or even for a rainy day! Just one of those really well written, universal books with a great storyline! And It will definitely make you laugh and cry. Seriously, one minute you’re laughing out loud and the next you’re sobbing yourself to sleep – it all adds to the experience!
Finally I’ll end with this: the blurb written by Celia:
Sometimes fate just can’t stop meddling…
Rosie and Alex – best friends or soul mates?
Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But they’re separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America. Their magical connection remains but can their friendship survive the years and miles?
Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart – until now. But will they gamble everything – including their friendship – on true love? And what twists and surprises does fate have in store for them this time?
Basically if you love stories of true love, friendship, fate and laughter then this is the book for you – I would really recommend it, bravo again on an excellent book Celia!
Love, S x