I saw the trailers for this film over the last few months and thought that it looked like a cute film that I would enjoy. As all the trailers said it was adapted from the novel Love, Rosie (formerly Where Rainbows End) by Cecelia Ahern I decided that before I saw the film, I needed to read the book as I always think the book is better then the film (as anyone who has read my previous posts on book to film adaptions would know). So I picked up this book last week, and despite the fact that I read in in less then 24 hours, I thought it was an extremely cute story and definitely worth the read!
Love, Rosie tells the story of two best friends, Alex and Rosie, from the age of five onwards. The novel is written in an epistolary structure, through the use of letters, emails, cards and newspaper articles. Alex and Rosie are just meant to be together, everyone seems to realise that but them, but decisions, mistakes and stubbornness seems to always get in the way of them having a romantic relationship together. We get to see their lives with other people, their achievements and their failures, and their strong friendship that can withstand the distance from Ireland to America (usually).
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
I’m not going to lie, this story was a bit predictable, but I still loved it. Rosie is a clumsy, likeable girl who everyone can identify with at some point throughout the story. She has experienced a lot of failures and let downs in her life, but she always seems to get back up and learn her lesson. Alex is a sensible, and yet again likeable, boy who ends up moving halfway across the world early on in the story. His life seems to be a bit easier then Rosie’s – he has a Harvard degree and a good job saving lives while Rosie often struggles in relation to employment. Eventually they do get together, but they’re in their fifties when it happens and I think I’m not the only one who wishers it could have been sooner!
I love that the story was told in the form of letters and emails, it made a nice change to read a story in that structure. We also were introduced to a lot of other characters, such as Ruby, Katie, Josh, Bethany, Sally, Kevin, Stephanie and Rosie’s parents. Although I often felt bad for the character, I like that Rosie struggled with her decisions and mistakes. It shows us real life, while also proving that anyone can overcome difficult obstacles, such as a teenage pregnancy, the death of your parents and watching everyone else succeed while you get left behind. I sometimes feel a bit like that, which is why I think I identified with the character so much. I like that Alex was always the nice guy, and he did always like Rosie, he didn’t just realise his feelings for her later on in the story. I really hate Greg for stopping those two get together earlier in the book!
While this book is really easy to read, I do think it’s worth it, as it’s a cute story that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. Now that I’ve finished the book I can finally see the film, which I’m excited about, as the trailers look decent! I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a good story.