Book Review: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

 "You can run and run as fast and as far as you like, but the truth is, wherever you run, there you are.”

---Cecelia Ahern, Love Rosie 

The bestselling author of PS, I Love You returns with a deliciously entrancing story about what happens when two people who are intended to be together just can't manage to get it right. Irish author Cecelia Ahern's second book, Love Rosie, was released in 2004. Letters, emails, instant messaging, newspaper articles, and other types of communication are used throughout the whole book to create an epistolary pattern. The book was a worldwide best seller and peaked at number one in the UK and Ireland. The novel was made into a movie called Love, Rosie in 2014, and it received the German Corine Award in 2005. 

Synopsis from Goodreads...

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.

Sometimes you have to look at life in a whole new way...

My reaction to the novel...

Before it was adapted for the big screen, this book was on my reading list, and I was able to read and adore every page of it.

Since I don't frequently read books in the romance or love stories genre, I am pretty picky when it comes to such. Actually, I picked this book because of its yellow cover—that's my favorite color—but I couldn't put it down once I started. I've only read it for one day. That is how passionately devoted I am to reading amazing stories like this one. The tale and the book cover both captivated me.

I really suggest this book. I felt as though I was reading text messages, emails, or chat conversations due to the particular writing style. The love story of the main characters and how they come to realize they are meant to be together is absolutely something I'm looking forward to. Their connection is charming and sincere, and so is their love. The fact that they ended up together after having known each other for so long made me feel a bit sorry for them. They had too many great and awful experiences before they met. It's a good thing that they've realized they're meant to be together, even though many years have been wasted in the process.

Given Alex Stewart's romantic qualities, I feel they made the right casting choice. After reading this book, I had previously watched the movie, but I still adored the book. I experienced mixed emotions while reading this book, yet I really wanted more. I still think Love, Rosie is the best romance novel ever. I heartily encourage everyone who enjoys reading to read this.

My Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"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.”

A love this sincere is something we all deserve. A love that will endure a lifetime. Therefore, this quotation is excellent. You will have a real desire for someone to be happy and to discover true love. I really like this quote.

"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. And that’s with following all the signposts”

This is partially true in real life. Like, there are instances when it appears like everything is going well. It's as though everything is in perfect order until someone or something messes it all up. It won't be what we had hoped it would be. That has happened to me countless times as well. As soon as I thought everything was going my way, another event occurred that made me stray from my intended course.

"It’s funny because when you’re a child, you believe you can be anything you want to be, go wherever you want to go. There’s no limit to what you can dream. You expect the unexpected, you believe in magic, in fairy tales, and in possibilities. Then you grow older and that innocence is shattered and somewhere along the way the reality of life gets in the way and you’re hit by the realization that you can’t be all you wanted to be, you just might have to settle for a little bit less. Or perhaps a variation of what you once wanted.”

I used to dream of being an astronaut or even a queen when I was little. Additionally, I couldn't think of any significant challenges I had to face in my earlier years. But as I aged, I came to many conclusions. I considered a number of options. I ran into tough circumstances. I also came to the realization that I really miss the times when my primary concerns were things like losing a candy bar or not getting enough attention from my parents.

"Children need close friends to help them grow up, to discover things about themselves and about life. They also need close friends to keep them sane.”

How true this is, oh my! In fact, you may get knowledge from your friends. They've given me a lot to learn. How valiantly they fought and toiled. When I hear from them anytime I'm elated or going through a difficult time in my life, they especially help to keep me grounded. Friendships should be valued like wealth, thus you should seek out and treasure them. 


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