Book review of Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

What happens when two people who are meant to be together can’t seem to get it right?

Rosie and Alex are destined for each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, they are separated as teenagers when Alex and his family relocate from Dublin to Boston.

Like two ships always passing in the night, Rosie and Alex stay friends, and though years pass, the two remain firmly attached via emails and letters. Heartbroken, they learn to live without each other. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel o f several missed opportunities, Rosie and Alex learn that fate isn’t quite done with them yet.

“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.”

Cecelia Ahern

Rosie and Alex have been best friends since forever. They know everything about each other. They basically know how the other one thinks in a very profound way without crossing that invisible line between friendship and intimacy.

When they reach their senior year, they both begin planning for the future together. They both wanted to go to Boston to college. Alex wanted to pursue the dream of becoming a doctor, and Rosie wanted to go into hospitality.

Regardless of their plans, life has funny ways of changing them. Rosie has a one night stand and unluckily becomes pregnant. This obviously means she has to stay in Ireland, whilst Alex goes to college in America. They become a little distant with one another, since Rosie had to grow up faster than she should’ve in order to become the parent her daughter deserved. Alex on the other hand, is living the life any normal college student without the burdens Rosie has to carry.

They eventually accept they have feelings for each other. However, the timing is never right. When one is supposed to declare their feelings, the other one is getting married or something…

Rosie and Alex are one of the most realistic relationships I have ever read. What I mean by this is that true love takes hard work. Sometimes you have the love of your life in front of you and you don’t even know it!

One curious thing I loved about this book is how it’s written in the form of emails and letters. I can imagine the challenge this should’ve been for the author. Moreover, despite them changing a lot of things about the book, the movie adaptation was amazing.

I wouldn’t have it any other way! I thought they chose the best actors to bring to life their special dynamic with one another. I definitely invite you guys to read this special gem!