I’ve have just finished reading Cecelia’s book and I have really enjoyed it. I started reading it because I saw that there was a film coming out called Love, Rosie and that it was based on this book, so before I go to see the film I had to read it.
This book is an Epistolary novel, where the whole book is written through letters, emails, postcards, instant messaging etc. It is set in Ireland and follows best friends Rosie and Alex throughout their lives starting from their childhood and finishing in their fifties. Rosie and Alex are inseparable throughout school and then Alex moves away to Boston. The two keep in close conversation and it follows their lives through marriages and children and jobs, and the things that threaten their friendship.
I loved this book. I thought that the story was so realistic to everyday life and really explored all of the things that can change your life plan. I had turned my nose up at the epistolary form of this novel before reading it because I had never read anything in that form and I don’t really like going out of my comfort zone, but I’m glad I did. This book was continuously heartbreaking the more I read, how the long distance relationship caused both Rosie and Alex to miss important things in the others life. All of the missed opportunities and sudden turns of events that put into perspective how small things in life can have such a massive impact on the rest of someones life. It was such a strange thing to read an entire life span of a character and to also witness the growing up of their children. It was hard to picture them all as being older. I felt so connected to all of these characters because I felt as if I had known them for years!
My only down points on this book would be that I didn’t like the ending. Well I did like it because as a reader I got what I wanted but it changed form at the end to a normal third person narrative, which I understand was to tell the last little part of the story properly but I still think it could have been written as a letter. It didn’t flow with the rest of the book. But I never like endings of books anyways so it’s not a huge deal.
On the whole I loved this book. It was so beautifully ordinary but was so scary to read someones life go by. Really put into perspective how quickly life moves. I can’t wait to see the film now!