Summary from Amazon:
What happens when two people who are meant to be together can’t seem to get it right?
Rosie and Alex are destined for each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, they are separated as teenagers when Alex and his family relocate from Dublin to Boston.
Like two ships always passing in the night, Rosie and Alex stay friends, and though years pass, 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 o f several missed opportunities, Rosie and Alex learn that fate isn’t quite done with them yet.
I read Love, Rosie on a whim, on a day that I felt restless and undecided about my next read. The books I planned for the month weren’t inviting enough so I browsed for the books in my Kindle and “chanced” upon this. After reading some favorable reviews on Goodreads and since there’s a movie adaptation (that I have yet to see), I decided to read this book instead. I did not regret one bit my impulsive deviation from my reading plan.
The narrative is epistolary in style although it does not consist of letters only. Instead, the story is told through various mediums for written and spoken communication: notes, voice mails, emails, Instant Messaging and chatroom conversations. The lives of Rosie and Alex were told not only in the letters and conversations they had with each other but also through letters sent by their friends and even by their high school teachers.
I really had a good time reading Love, Rosie. Rosie is a very likeable character, flaws and all. I love her honesty and sense of humor, most of all her resilience. She has been through a lot of things — things that some people may not be able to cope with properly, but Rosie has her head above the water treading furiously with all her might. Sure, she may have a lot of misses along the way (who doesn’t, anyway) and sure, she might have more misses than hits than any of the others but it’s her fighting spirit that has kept her going. It’s as if life is playing a cruel joke upon her but it’s wonderful that Rosie is supported by really good people who love her and cheer her on (aka Ruby) despite her failings.
The entire time I was reading about Rosie’s life through the letters and notes, I wasn’t exactly cheering on for Rosie and Alex. I was more like cheering on for Rosie, with or without Alex. She deserved to be happy after all she’s been through and it may or may not be a life with Alex. The ending was a mild surprise, the way it was written by way of epilogue but I liked it. I remember giving a long deep contented sigh after I was done while wiping away tears from my eyes.
Rosie’s life is a story of holding on and keeping the faith — in one’s dreams and in one’s self. It tells about courage in making one’s life better despite the rocks along the way. It’s about accepting the things one cannot change and working hard for things that can still be changed, and for being strong in letting some things just be the way they are.
If you want a good cry after several good laughs, I recommend Love, Rosie.
My copy: ebook