|Title: Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End)|
|Author: Cecelia Ahern|
|Elements: Chick Lit|
|Series: Stand Alone|
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.
From the gifted author of PS, I Love You comes this charming, romantic, addictively page-turning novel that will keep readers laughing and guessing until the very last page.
I remember reading Love, Rosie back when it was first published under the title Where Rainbows End. It’s not a spoiler to say how much I adored this book, and still do. Oh, how this book’s theme transcends time and trends, and clearly encompasses the theme of missed chances and ‘if only’s.
Tears were a pretty common occurrence when reading this, say once every couple of chapters I would get the sniffles. We grow along with Rosie and Alex as they traverse the journey from childhood, through the timultuous age of puberty, to the uncertainties of life after college.
Their bond was a constant presence felt through the pages, and their influence could be seen in every decision that the other took. I enjoyed how Alex and Rosie were both always in the back of each other’s minds, even when at times it seemed inappropriate.
Their love and longing for each other was always put to the test, and what stood the test of time was always their consideration for the other. They were always putting the other first, and while that it a commendable, admirable action, it was also the one main cause of their separation and missed chances. I found myself at times getting frustrated with the both of them, because communication was the one tool that they utilised to keep up with each other across continents and lifestyles, yet it was not an effective tool at getting them to reveal their inner desires.
For best friends, they sure do keep a lot to themselves. Therein lies a selfish tendency for them to keep their feelings to themselves, and really, aren’t they the classic case of best friends who love each other too much to ruin their friendship?
Like life, it continues after the ending of the book. I don’t know what the future holds for Alex and Rosie, and that’s both something I love and at the same time hate about the nature of this book. It’s safe to say that this book will remain at the front of my bookshelf for a long time to come.
Now that the movie’s coming out, I’m interested to see what Lily Collins and Sam Claflin will bring to the main roles in the movie, which has been adapted from the novel. From the previews, I’m enjoying their banter and chemistry. That’s a good start.
Shaw Organisation and MPH Distributors (S) Pte Ltd have kindly (awesomely) provided 5 sets of LOVE, ROSIE prize packs up for grabs. Each set includes
- a pair of preview tickets for Love, Rosie on Monday, 27th October 2014 at 7:15pm at Shaw Theatres Lido,
- a movie notebook,
- a movie poster and
- a movie tie-in novel sponsored by MPH Distributors (S) Pte Ltd.
Bonus entry if you answer this question as well: Would you risk losing your best friend’s friendship to tell your them you love them?