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Review: Love, Rosie – Cecilia Ahern


Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
Pages: 512 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Publisher: Hachette Books, November 2004

Links: Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 stars


Sometimes you have to look at life in a whole new way…

From the bestselling author of PS, I Love You comes a delightfully enchanting novel about what happens when two people who are meant to be together just can’t seem to get it right.

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.


* Thank you to Hachette Books for sending me and the girls at Bibliophile Academy a copy of this book for our February Read-along*

This book… was quite interesting. First off, I think the most vital part that surprised me the most was that the book was written entirely in the form of letters/emails etc. I didn’t know this for some reason. It is actually the element about the book that bothered me the most. Although I felt like it was a unique way to present the story, I felt like I was too distant from the characters, only peeking into a small portion of their life. I felt like a mix of narratives alongside the letters would have made me enjoy it more

I was really interested in the summary, it seemed like a typical contemporary read, which i LOVE. You know how I love contemporary books. And it was, it definitely had many elements of a typical romance.  I felt like the plot was good, but it was unnecessarily long. There were a lot of things about the plot that could have been cut out and still kept the main story intact.

The characters were okay, I liked Alex and Rosie (especially in the beginning). They are not your typical novel perfect characters — they have flaws. I personally didn’t have a problem with the flaws, but I know some of my friends did.

Overall, this was an okay read. I also watched the movie this month, and I felt like the movie portrayed the book (not accurately) but well. It cut out a lot of the “extras” from the plot I didn’t quite enjoy. Nevertheless, I would suggest you check out the book to see if you’re interested, or if not, grab a copy of the movie and have a movie night!

Detailed Ratings
Plot: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 3.5/5

Overall: 3.5/5


3 thoughts on “Review: Love, Rosie – Cecilia Ahern

  1. I agree about the writing style – it was unique and I guess quite interesting, but it didn’t work so well when used. It didn’t really draw me in and it didn’t allow me to really get close to the characters at all – after the beginning attraction wore off, I found myself quite bored.

    You’re also right about it being too long, I think it did tend to drag quite a lot, especially in the middle and latter part of the story.

    I have yet to watch the movie but I’m hoping to enjoy it more than the book!

    Great review 🙂

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  2. Interesting review! PS, I Love You was the only book I read by Ahern – mainly because her titles tend to sound similar which leads me to believe (wrongly, I’m sure) that the content is too. Love, Rosie sounds like it’d be a good film though, so thank you for that recommendation!

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  3. I’m sorry it didn’t work so well on you, I personally love both the movie and the book! The book is too long yes, but I still enjoyed it overall. I agree, the writing style kind of make it hard to connect with the characters. And the chemistry between Sam and Lily is perfect<3

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