Published by Hachette Books on 1st December 2006
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Sometimes you have to look at life in a whole new way...
From the bestselling author of PS, I Love You comes a delightfully enchanting novel about what happens when two people who are meant to be together just can't seem to get it right.
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.
Love, Rosie was a book that I borrowed from the library and I am SO so glad that I didn’t buy this book purely because I really didn’t enjoy the story or the characters. Plus the ending was utterly predictable and also really frustrating. I didn’t connect with the way it was written and I also thought the way everything ended up happening was a little weird. I will say that I could see the appeal of this story line, however it just wasn’t for me.
I should talk about the writing style of this book, which was all written with letters, emails and chat transcripts. I think the potential for this was huge, but I think it fell a little flat. I don’t think I connected to any of the characters in any way because of it. I wish there had been a little bit more narrative rather than relying on the letters to do it for them. I wanted Love, Rosie to be more about the characters but the struggle is that there is only so much you can get from letters and it was usually explaining what was happening rather than how they were feeling and why.
I think my biggest issue with Love, Rosie was how unrealistic it was. I loved the idea that two people would have stayed in touch for so long, have such an intimate knowledge about each other’s lives but never actually be honest with one another. All the way through it made me question the entire premise of their friendship and the book. I just would have liked a little more open and honest discussion about everything that was going on within each other’s lives. Plus I think at times there were moments where the friendship was extremely one-sided with Rosie making more effort.
The worst thing about Love, Rosie was the way that Alex treated women all the way through this book. There was never really a lot of love between them and I always thought that they were seen as being disposable or to fit a purpose in his life. I just didn’t think that he was all that and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in him if I had known everything he had put his families through.
I wouldn’t recommend Love, Rosie. I think there are better romance novels out there and I think I would prefer to spend my time reading those. So don’t waste your time!
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