Audiobook Review: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Audiobook Review:  Love, Rosie by Cecelia AhernLove, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
Published by Hachette Books November 1st, 2004
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 512
Format: Audio
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

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’m going to start by saying I am definitely torn with how I feel about this book.  I listened to it, which was a total pleasure since it’s narrated by an Irish lassie and her accent is absolutely delectable.  The main characters are Irish and the book setting is mainly in Ireland and Boston.  So, listening to the verbiage in an Irish accent made my stomach all happy and content.

The book focuses on two main characters, Rosie and Alex.  It’s told entirely in letters, instant messages, emails, etc…. which is kind of fun and refreshing.   Alex and Rosie are BFFs since toddler age, and the story starts with them as wee bairns, talking about birthday parties and such.  It follows them through middle school, first girlfriends/boyfriends, first kisses, high school, college… then twenties.  Thirties.  Fourties.  FIFTIES.  Like… sweet Jesus.  Talk about a life story.

There are a TON of side characters.  Lots of side stories.  I loved it all.  All the characters are quirky and weird and interesting, and its really fun to see what happens through different eyes and opinions.

Anywho – Rosie and Alex.  Definitely destined to be together, eh?  And I would totally label this as a second-chance romance.  But let me tell you something important… it’s a fekkin’ journey to get to the HEA.  Yes, there is one, and at times you’re going to be SO FREAKING frustrated with the story and what happens that you’ll want to DNF.  Multiple times.  It’s a long damn story and it’s not all hearts and rainbows.  It’s actually kind of exhausting.

BUT, if you stick with it… if you decide to tough it out, enjoy the quirky little characters and what happens to them, you’ll finish the book in satisfactory condition.  Kind of.

Gah, I know this is the hottest mess of a review – but I can’t help it.  I loved the story.  But I kinda hated it, too.

I guess it’s been published under different titles, and it’s a movie, too – so I’m definitely going to check out the movie.  The guy that plays Alex is the dude who’s in Me Before You, plus this author wrote P.S. I Love You.   So….  watching the movie is sooo happening.  I’m interested to see how the book translates to film, because this plot would be hard to execute.

Anyway, cute story.  At times it was a five star listen, and at times I wanted to throw my phone out the car window… so I’m averaging this bad boy at 3 happy little Irish stars.   🙂

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