Status: Read from Mar 02 to Mar 06, 2016
My rating: /5
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But they’re suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America.
Their magical connection remains but can their friendship survive the years and miles?
Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart – until now. But will they gamble everything – including their friendship – on true love? And what twists and surprises does fate have in store for them this time….?
This is a beautiful book. The story was predictable, but it’s the journey from the beginning till end that makes this book beautiful. I had mixed feelings for this book. At times I liked the story and at times I felt it’s stretching un-necessary. The writing style is so different, in the form of letters, e-mails and instant messages between people. At first I felt little weird thinking how can a story be narrated with these things. But later I got used to it and started liking it. I wasn’t fond of the characters. Rosie and Alex are the most irritable characters. Alex is constantly unable to tell how he feels about Rosie. Rosie is the most clumsy, whiny person ever read, who is not able to take any right decision for herself. Rosie indeed was a great mother. She sacrifices everything for her daughter. Even stays as a receptionist in the same hotel and let go her opportunity to move up in her career ladder.
Rosie’s friend Ruby was so humorous. The mail exchange between Ruby and Rosie were hilarious. Even the chat room conversation was funny. I just wished Alex and Rosie would had met sooner. When they were touching 30, I badly wanted them to come together. But the author had other plans to bring twist in the plot. Rosie married Gerg. Alex and Sally got married. Now there was no scope that they can meet. But then Rosie and Gerg got divorced. Then Sally and Alex got divorced. At that moment I felt, okay now they can come together. But still they could not, because of new complications. At this point I felt like throwing away this book. I felt like author is trying to put more drama in here, instead of keeping the story simple. Then there was Gerg, who acts as a spoiler in Alex and Rosie’s relation, hiding the letter and Alex’s wedding invitation from Rosie. Alex is getting married second time. Now there is no hope that they can come together. At this point the story proceeds with snails speed. There is nothing much to expect and to happen but only the daily day to day activities.
Rosie is finally able to fulfill her dreams. She completes her graduation in hotel management. At this point I have no more hope that Alex and Rosie can meet. They have reached a very mature age of 50. But finally they meet and Alex confesses his love for her. In brief, the story might not look very interesting, but the way it’s been presented and the way of writing with only use of mails, letters makes this book beautiful. Cecelia’s writing skills are so amazing that it had made the book so beautiful, even though the story is not much interesting nor the characters are favorites. The book arises so many emotions, at one point I felt sorry for Rosie, at times I was angry on her to be such a looser in life and at times I could only appreciate her. Cecelia is a great writer and I am certainly going to look up her other works.
About the Author:
Cecelia Ahern wrote her first novel, PS. I Love You when she was twenty-one. It was published in 2004, the number 1 bestseller in Ireland for 19 weeks and sold in over forty countries. The book was adapted as a motion picture directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and released in 2007 in the United States.
Her second book, Where Rainbows End (US title: Love, Rosie or Rosie Dunne) won the German CORINE Award in 2005. She contributed with short stories to charity books and is also the co-creator and producer of the ABC comedy Samantha Who?.
Her other works include If You Could See Me Now (US title: A Silver Lining), A Place Called Here (US title: There’s No Place Like Here) Thanks for the Memories (US title: Desire Lines) The Gift The Book of Tomorrow.
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