I finally finished Love, Rosie!
I got really interested in the story after watching the trailer. (Seeing it again i see the differences!)
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.
This book centers in the lifes of Alex and Rosie for the course of 50 years. 50 YEARS! They are best friends since the age of 5 and everyone always thought they would end up together, but life separated them, an ocean apart. Then life happens but their friendship remains.
I really enjoyed the book, don’t get fooled, this is a BIG contemporary. Get ready for frustration and happiness at the same time. This book requires patience, tons of it, but if you are in the mood for something like that believe me when i tell you is worth it.
I got so much from this book, so many “life lessons” that we know we will eventually learn but Cecelia wrote it so well. Rosie goes through so much in life, but Alex is always, always, there for her. To me this a book about friendship and not about love.
I gave it 3.7 of 5 because, even though i enjoyed it, i think it’s very long (to much) some parts could be removed and you would even notice it.
Next, my spoiler review!
The book is divided in 5 parts. Each one representing Rosie’s life. I will try to do the same.
Part One: Teenage years are the best to read from the outside. Their friendship is beautiful and their are just like teenagers. Worrying about being a virgin and prom and college.
Then they loose each other when Alex goes to Boston, right before the prom. When he looses that flight, everything is down hill from there to Rosie. She goes with Brian and ends up pregnant, giving up her dreams of university with her best friend. This kills me! It really did kill me, because their friendship is such an amazing thing…. If he did got to prom maybe just maybe everything would be different.
Part two: Being a mom is hard, Rosie was left by the most important person in her life. Now she has a daughter and she is alone, i can’t stress this out. This 18 year old girl got alone for the rest of her life, until the age of 50! Because of this stupid prom/plane. It’s really hurtful.
By this time, Alex is having the time of his life in Boston and meeting his wife.
Part three: Rosie, happens to be the bridesmaid of Alex in his weeding. She pulled this out just because of their friendship. This is what i always say to people, a boy and a girl can be friends, for life. That is what puts life together, a good friend, sex has nothing to do with it. Even with Katie, Alex is a father to her and the relationship between Alex and Rosie is amazing. ( i said this already a million times).
When Rosie finally thinks she has found the one with Greg, Alex divorces. (I will quote Ruby, They have the worst timing ever). Of course her relationship with Greg goes sides ways and the letter Alex wrote never gets to Rosie because of Greg. (I HATED THIS). Why in the world would he do that? I know, he didn’t really loved her.
Part four: Alex accepts that his love letter is lost and moves on with his life, finding a new girl and a great career. This girl is none other of his ex-girlfriend from high school. While this all happens Rosie is trying to fix her broken marriage, with (she thinks) success. Alex get’s to be a father (again) and marries Bethany, Alex and Rosie get mad at each other but like any great friendship they sort it out.
This was the part that killed me the most, first Rosie gets alone for the first time in years. Parents are travelling, daughter is in Ibiza with her father, Alex is far away in Boston and Steph is in France. Even Ruby is on vacations. In the end even her father dies, i just cried my eyes out.
Part five: After her mother died, Rosie decides to follow her dream and open a hotel in her parents house. She does this by the age of 40, by this time Alex is still married to Bethany even though he doesn’t love her.
At the age of 50, they finally get to be together, Alex goes to Rosie’s hotel and surprises her. They can finally be together.
I enjoyed the story this book offers, i didn’t love the ending because i needed a good ending, after all this is a good ending but they can’t live their lives like their were 20 or 30.
Overall a great book but i think that maybe i will enjoy the movie better just because it’s really different. I will review it next.