30 December 2015

Book Review: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Hachette Books
Published: 6th January 2015
Pages: 448
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Rosie, Alex, Katie,
Date Read: 9th December - 20th December 2015

Rating Given:
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Synopsis: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.

 I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The colourfulness of this cover is what stood out to me even though they where pretty much all similar colours it still looks colourful because of the colour that was used. I do like that it's in keeping with the actual story as well.

I found Love, Rosie very hard to get into as it's a completely different style of writing than I'm used to with the whole book in the form of letters, notes, emails, cards. When I first started I actually thought I wouldn't be able to get past the whole writing style but I did to a point as it still annoyed me to the end but it was easier to get through the further I went into the story. It was hard to get an understanding of what all the characters looked like as it seemed to take ages before there was even a description on each of them. Throughout the book I wanted to bang Rosie and Alex's heads together as they both annoyed me with their feelings as there times when I didn't even believe in their feelings towards one another as it felt out of the blue sometimes. I liked that it felt the most realistic of books that I have read as it seemed to show real issues that where believable. There was some light hearted moments as well as some sad times but I just felt like it needed something else that I can't put my finger on what it was missing. Even though I liked the characters growing up throughout their lifetime I still felt like it dragged but at the same time it also felt like it was rushed with major gaps of times throughout. I didn't like the end of the book as it felt like it could have happened far sooner. I do feel like the film outshone this book which doesn't happen often but in this case the film won out.

There was times when I couldn't stand both Rosie and Alex. In the beginning I really didn't like Rosie as she was so annoying but throughout the book I felt she really did grow up and was more likeable. With Alex I didn't really like or hate him and I still can't decide what I think about him. Ruby was one of my favourite characters in this book even though she wasn't the kindest Mum she was still a light hearted and funny character. Katie was an ok character as she was like Rosie in the way we got to see her grow up to be a good character.

Overall, I felt a little let down by this book as I was expecting so much more for my first ever Cecelia Ahern book plus I adored the film but not so much with the book.