Saturday, September 10, 2011
Rosie Dunne (aka Where Rainbows End) aka by Cecelia Ahern
Rosie and Alex are destined for each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, by the age of seventeen the two are just starting to see each other in a romantic light when Alex’s family relocates from Dublin to Boston. Rosie and Alex plan to reunite in the US, but a twist of fate changes Rosie’s future plans forever.
Like two ships always passing in the night, Rosie and Alex stay friends and though years pass, and weddings, funerals and baptisms take place, 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 of several missed opportunities, Rosie and Alex learn that fate isn’t done with them quite yet.
This is one of my favourite book and the first book by Cecelia Ahern that I read way back in year 2006. I wasn’t sure I would like it but you can say I immediately fell in love with Rosie, Alex, Katie, Ruby, Ms Casey and the other characters that are so important in Rosie’s life and impacted her so much.
‘Missed opportunities’ is the key theme in this novel. Rosie and Alex could be together but due to many missed opportunities throughout their lives, they ended up with other people and only remain friends, very good friends.
The writing is typical Cecelia’s style with lots of humour thrown in, sadness injected in between, anger and wrath making appearances here and there. You laugh with Rosie and Alex as they exchanged notes in class as 7 year old, you felt Rosie’s disappointment when Alex let her down, you felt her happiness in her letters and emails to Alex and her family and friends and as the years go by and through it all, you felt the love Alex and Rosie have for each other, a love that is there but never mentioned (in seriousness) in any of their communications.
The entire novel (except for the last chapter) is written in epistolary structure in the form of letters, emails, instant messages, chat messages, notes, etc. If this is written a couple of years later, the author would have to incorporate Facebook, twitters and other social media in the structure. That would be neat!
Rosie Dunne was subsequently published as Where Rainbows End. I read this book for the second time for this review and I’ll probably read it again one of these days. It’s a keeper. You should get a copy too.
Update : November 2014...a film adaption from this book entitled Love, Rosie was released in October 2014. I can't wait to watch it.