So, is it possible to have a friend of the opposite sex? I mean, without it being romantic? Rosie and Alex have been friends since grade school. For as long as they can remember, their lives have been intertwined. Of course, no one believes that a straight boy and a straight girl can be be “just friends.” And, eventually, they start to believe it too.
Though the story is told primarily from Rosie’s perspective, we get a taste of two lives that started at the same place, but ended up on opposite sides of the spectrum. An interesting quirk to this story, is that it is told in (mostly) dialogue. From notes passed in an elementary classroom to I.M.s’ to wedding invitations, you have never read a with this particular criteria.
Cecilia Ahern beautifully presents realistic and relatable situations mixed with comedy and heartbreak, making this an amazing and fun contemporary New Adult read.
Another way to enjoy this book is through the UK’s 2014 version of Love Rosie, starring Sam Clafflin and Lily Collins.
Alright, give me a second to breath. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book! It was so sweet at times and then other times you just wanted to rip you hair out and scream because they could be so blind. It was a classic case of no communication, though they wouldn’t have become the people they were had they not gone through those hard times.
The thing I absolutely adored about this novel was the way it was told. As I said in the beginning they used emails, I.M.s’, postcards, letters, and even passing notes to bring to life these characters. It was so different getting to pick up on the their true feelings just by the subtext. Each character had their own voice, you weren’t confused on who was speaking.
The heartbreak in this didn’t just hurt your heart, it physically ripped it out of your chest and tore it to pieces. And the reason for that is by the simple fact that they were such easy to love characters. They go through the exact same things that everyday people have to. They deal with loss and anxiety and college applications. And watching them grow, not only in age, but into being their own person, it just broke my heart to see them in pain at times. Thankfully, it all made up in the end and I didn’t have to lay in a puddle of my tears on the airplane (yes, I finished this traveling).
On a side note, this is one of the first New Adult books I have ever read, so it was kind of new to me. But I felt like it did a really really good job of just easing me into a world where words are smaller and characters are less impulsive.
If you are looking for a loving, sweet, and fun contemporary, this might be a book you wanna look into (pun intended).
“Why do we stop believing in ourselves? Why do we let facts and figures and anything but dreams rule our lives?”-Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie