“You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with and if you’re OK.”
Author: Cecelia Ahern Published: 2004 Pages: 558
This novel is the epitome of romantic slush… but I still loved every word. The story follows Alex and Rosie, two childhood friends who grow up and together experience life and everything that comes with it. It begins with both characters aged 7 and ends when they are 50. The novel is written in a series of letters, emails and instant messages mainly from Alex and Rosie, but does also include correspondents from other minor characters too. While the letter writing may be perceived as something which cannot truly show the entire story, it does nothing to hinder the intensity between Rosie and Alex and if anything improves the perspective because it reaches a more personal level, revealing feelings that may not have been expressed out loud when one was in the company of the other.
I don’t think this book would sit very well with someone who doesn’t like romance, but in my opinion I think it is Ahern’s best work. Previous novels of hers that I have read are ‘P.S I Love You’ and ‘How to Fall in Love.’ Both of these were also romance stories, but neither compare to story of Rosie and Alex. Every page is a very frustrating read because you just want to scream at both characters for wasting their lives not falling in love with each other.
Ahern manages to successfully narrate these two characters all the way through their childhood, adolescence and into their adulthood while preserving an authentic and realistic voice. Not only is the book completely honest but it really captures a true relationship between two people, furthermore Ahern doesn’t leave out anything, it’s funny, painfully awkward and completely veracious throughout. Both Rosie and Alex are relatable; their arguments are petty and they both make stupid decisions, but that only made me love them more. While the ending may be inevitable, you spend every page just waiting for it to happen.