Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Best friends since forever, Alex and Rosie have shared their hopes, dreams - and firsts. But one awkward moment at eighteen, one missed opportunity, and life sends them hurtling in different directions. Although they stay in touch, misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck seem to be conspiring to keep them apart. Can they gamble everything - even their friendship - on true love?
Love, Rosie was originally published under the title Where Rainbows End, but I could only find the movie tie in edition. I'd decided to pick this book up because I'd seen the trailer for the film and really wanted to see it. I'm one of those people who always feels the need to read the book first, so when I saw it on special I decided to take a chance. I had hopes that the book would be as funny and romantic as the trailer looked. Unfortunately it ended up being a reading experience that was similar to The Maze Runner for me. It wasn't what I was expecting at all and worked to put me off seeing the film. But, from what I'd seen from the trailer, it looked like they wouldn't be sticking too close to the story in the book.
I didn't realise before buying the book but, the book is told entirely through letters, notes, emails and instant messages between the characters. That was surprising and took a long time for me to get used to. It's used so that they can quickly summarise events and span a long period of time. The problem with that format is that everything needs to be explained in these letters. It's all telling and no showing, which never works well for me. It also means that the letters never come across as sounding authentic, they don't read like something you would actually write to someone. That format also makes it hard for me to connect to the characters or feel like I ever come to really know them or how they are feeling.
|They needed a pep talk from this guy!|
|Something nobody in this book does... EVER!|
I'd had this idea that Love, Rosie was going to be a really romantic, sweet story. I thought it was going to be filled with funny, cute, aww moments. I couldn't have been more wrong. To me at least, this book was not romantic at all. Maybe it would be for an older reader, or someone who married the asshole, or had a failed marriage or is still hoping to find someone. But to me it was just really frustrating to have to read about two ridiculously stupid characters as they waste away 50 years of their lives by being dumb. Really dumb. Ridiculously dumb. I hate them both.
Love, Rosie suffers from a plot that is dragged out far longer than necessary. The plot gets repeated by the halfway mark and so it gets a bit boring. The characters inability to help themselves and their poor decision making made them very hard to like. I couldn't really root for a romance when I just wanted to hit them both. But my biggest issue with Love, Rosie is that it wasn't cute, funny or romantic. It was a rather depressing read, I finished it feeling completely deflated and unsatisfied with the whole thing. I can't imagine wasting my life in the way that they did, how utterly depressing. In my opinion, save your time and just go see the movie. The movie isn't amazing but it is funny, entertaining and a lot better than the book.