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Love, Rosie — Cecelia Ahern

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Cecelia Ahern captivates us once again in a different story of friendship, family, and love. Dipped in wonderfully-stirred emotions—Love, Rosie will make you crack up, giddy, teary-eyed, furious, gasp, and swear at the characters all at the same time. Addictive and irresistible—I remember bringing this to school and my hands can’t seem to let go of it. I would bring it out of my bag during lunch breaks, vacant hours, and even during volleyball practice whenever I got the chance to sit on the bleachers.

Love, Rosie is an epistolary novel—written in a series of e-mails, IMs, letters, invitations, postcards, and newspaper articles from Rosie and Alex along with their family and friends in a span of 45 years. They have been best friends since they were 5, and despite everything that they’ve been through, their friendship remained stronger more than ever. Everybody seems to know that they are destined for each other, rather than, well… THEM. They have to go through marriages, divorces, death, and family dramas—all of that!—before realizing what’s almost in front of them. Destiny surely is meddling but it won’t just cease to chase after them.

Ahern certainly is a creative novelist—every story of hers is very distinctive from one another. The idea of using correspondence is a very clever technique, though not everyone would agree that way, but for me it’s a smart move. Throw it in an entire book, well, that is something—in fact, way too risky. However, she didn’t leave the readers lost and confused, but the other way around. No narration needed yet you still get the context of the story. Brilliantly executed, that is.

 

Rating: ★★★★✰

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