I read this book, “Love, Rosie“, because I watched the movie “Love, Rosie” first. I loved the movie so much I wanted to read the book since I usually find that the book is so much better than the movie. So immediately after watching the movie, I searched for the book to read. The author is Cecelia Ahern, who also wrote “PS, I Love You.”
Love, Rosie Synopsis
Love, Rosie is a love story between Alex and Rosie that begins in childhood and spans through several decades of their life. They were destined for each other but were too afraid to tell each other how they really felt. They are living in Dublin, Ireland.
Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart have been best friends ever since they were children. They shared everything together. However, they have had misunderstandings throughout the years which created days, months, or sometimes years away from each other. However, Alex and Rosie always ended up becoming friends again. This scenario repeats many times over the course of their relationship for the next several decades.
Love, Rosie begins with Alex’s 7th birthday party. He invites Rosie to the party, but not her dog! Rosie ends up not going to Alex’s birthday party and they stop talking to each other. Eventually, they reconcile and become friends again. The author doesn’t show us when or how they make up. They just start talking to each other again and continue with their friendship again where they left off.
“I just called by to have a word with you about my daughter Rosie’s birthday on the 8th of April. . . I think there seems to be some sort of little problem with Alex and Rosie lately, I don’t quite think they’re on talking terms. Hopefully you can fill me in on the situation when we meet. Rosie would really love if he came to her birthday party.”
I am looking forward to meeting the mother of this charming young man! (p. 4)
In high school they dated other people but were still friends. Then Alex’s family relocates to Boston during his last year in high school. Neither are too happy about it, but Alex then thinks that it will still work out great because after high school he can attend Harvard to become a doctor and she can go to Boston College for Hotel Management. They will still be really close to each other and they can both go to great schools to have careers that they both dreamed of. It didn’t work out that way.
“Why did he have to break up with Slutty Bethany just two weeks before he left? Then I wouldn’t have gotten used to him being around so much again. Things really got back to normal, Steph. It was brilliant. We spent every second together . . . literally. We had so much fun!” (p. 26)
There is a pivotal point in the story when they were teenagers. Alex was supposed to come back to Dublin to take Rosie to the prom. He did not make it there in time, so Rosie went with someone else and had sex with him. She got pregnant that night. She didn’t tell Alex and just told him that she was not accepted into Boston College. They will be separated and their lives go on without each other. Throughout their lives, they are reminded of this incident that happened. If only Alex had come back in time to take Rosie to prom, everything would have turned out different.
My Analysis of Love, Rosie
Love, Rosie is such a sad story because Alex and Rosie were in love with each other since high school, but didn’t end up together until later in life after each had failed marriages and children with other mates. They should have had a beautiful life together, instead of constantly being hurt because they were watching the love of their life having a happy life without them. That is how life is sometimes.
I was cheering them on in each phase of their life, hoping that each time that they would talk to each other again that they would tell each other the truth and say how they really feel about each other.
Even though I like the movie better, Love, Rosie is still a good book to read. I enjoyed their love story. There is a lot of heartache and disappointment, which happens in real life. I like those kinds of stories.
When a movie is based on a book. I almost always enjoy reading the book much more than watching the movie, but not this time. The book is all dialog. The characters are mostly emailing each other. Once in a while, there is a letter of communication. This made it difficult for me to get to know the characters. I like when the people and places are described in detail where I could picture the scenery and know the character’s personalities. I did enjoy reading the Love, Rosie, but I was glad that I watched the movie first so I knew what was happening and what was coming up next. It doesn’t spoil the story for me.
I’m used to reading through a book fast. However, with this book, I needed to slow down to make sure I knew who the sender and receiver of each email and letter were.