Author: Cecelia Ahern
Published: December 1st, 2006
Publisher: Hachette Books
Read: April 16th, 2016
The Hook: Letters!
So, one day I was in a mood to read a book written in letter-style, since I’ve returned to my love of letters a couple of years ago, so I googled “books in letter format” and up pops a list titled “11 Contemporary Epistolary Novels That Are a Blast To Read” by Bustle (you can read that here). And I’ve read quite a bit off that list with the recent one being Love, Rosie.
Summary: Best friends Alex and Rosie have been in each others lives since they were around five years old. Doing everything together until Alex’s father takes a job in the United States their senior year of high school. They’re devastated, as best friends can only be, but promise to keep in touch through letters, emails, and instant messaging. They even planned their whole lives after graduation. Rosie will apply to a college in Boston and that will bring the together again. They would go to school and things would be just as it should be. Except, fate has different plans. And while they continue to stay best friends throughout the years, life hasn’t turned out they way they planned.
Verdict: So many feels! I was happy, mad, frustrated, sad, mad again, frustrated again, sad, and through the end of it all, happy/sad. I mean, talk about roller coaster!
Since it’s written in the style of letters, emails, and instant messaging it was a pretty quick reading, starting it Sunday morning and finishing it around 11 p.m. There is just something about this style of writing that appeals to me. Maybe it’s because of my love of letters. Maybe it’s because the story almost feels real. I’m not sure, but I enjoy reading these kinds of novels. Watching the story unfold through letters.
Anyway, Ms. Ahern did an excellent job with these characters. You can feel the friendship and their love for each other and you can’t help but feel what they feel. You also can’t help getting so frustrated with them for most of the novel, but I think that’s the point.
And as hard as I’m trying not to be spoilery, I almost cried at the end! Alex and Rosie’s story spans around forty years and it’s a bittersweet end, knowing their story.
All in all, it’s a really good story. If you’re not keen on the whole story-through-letters thing, then skip it because the entire novel is like that, except for the very end where it’s an actual narrative. There was some really funny parts and I enjoyed some of the exchanges between Alex and other characters and Rosie with other characters. Truthfully, though, I don’t know if I’ll ever read it again. I don’t know if my heart can take it. I’m not exaggerating. I don’t want to discourage you, but just be warned you’re in for really bumpy ride.