Friday, March 16, 2007

Book 11: Love, Rosie

NUMBER: 11
TITLE: Love, Rosie
AUTHOR: Cecelia Ahern
STARTED: March 9, 2007
FINISHED: March 15, 2007
PAGES: 464
GENRE: Chick Lit

FIRST SENTENCE: (or in this case, first salutation) "To Alex"

SUMMARY: [From barnesandnoble.com] 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.

REASON FOR READING: Kristy gave it to me and said it was enjoyable.

THOUGHTS: Normally I take an automatic irrational dislike to all books told in e-mail, letter, IM, etc. formats. I like rhetoric, dialog, and description, which is difficult to find in books formatted through written conversation. Somehow, Ahern managed to get me to like her book. The story of Alex and Rosie is told almost entirely through e-mail and IM conversations and, somehow, it manages to convey a sense of realism that I enjoyed immensely.

I don't have much else to say about the book because it did not wow me, and I doubt I'll remember it in a few months, but it did surprise me.

MISCELLANEOUS: Oh, gchat.

KEEP/SHARE/CRINGE(?): It's going back to its owner
RATING: 6/10 [Good]

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