‘Where Rainbows End‘ (also called ‘Love, Rosie‘) was written by the same author who brought us ‘P.S. I Love You,’ Cecelia Ahern. This novel was written in what has to be the most unique writing style I’ve ever read, with the story being told through emails, instant messages, and the odd letter. Don’t let that discourage you, though. It sounds weird, but you truly do get sucked right into this story, which is about two people—a girl named Rosie, and boy named Alex—who are so obviously meant for each other and love one another, but can’t seem to admit it.
While reading ‘Where Rainbows End‘ you feel like you’re snooping through someone’s personal emails, which is kind of fun because it’s something that’s totally unacceptable to do in the real world. Cecelia Ahern even spells words wrong in the emails Alex and Rosie share as children to make it more realistic.
All right, let’s talk about the two main characters: Alex and Rosie. They’ve been best friends since the age of five, but they are suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to Boston. Despite the distance, their friendship never ends. The problem is that they love each other and want to be together, but they won’t admit it to each other. And so they get married to other people and have children with other people and life goes on and they continue their lovely little friendship throughout it all. Even through marriages, babies and divorces, the two of them remain solid.
So here’s the thing that frustrated me about this book: Rosie and Alex kept making the same mistakes, and they kept being too afraid to tell each other the truth. I hated that these two were so obviously right for each other, but neither of them could just suck it up and say something. Granted, Alex did write a letter to Rosie once, telling her how he truly felt about her. But when he found out she didn’t receive said letter he didn’t even bother telling her what it had said. At some points I was actually hitting the book against my forehead and saying, “Why. Don’t. You. Just. Tell. Each. Other. How. You. Feel. My. Goodness.”
This book makes me both happy and sad: Sad because I think Rosie and Alex would have made a perfect couple in their youth—but instead they wasted their youth on people who were so wrong for them. It makes me sad when I think of how many amazing moments they could have spent together, how beautiful their children would have been, etc. And it makes me happy because the story is realistic, and because at least Alex and Rosie do get a happy ending (better late than never, right?). [spoiler]At least Rosie eventually does get that letter that Alex wrote her all those years ago. [/spoiler]
As far as the characters in this novel go, I have to give Cecelia credit: She managed to make each one of those characters so realistic that they practically spring off the page; this surely wasn’t an easy thing to do with a book written through emails, instant messages, and letters.
Who would I recommend “Where Rainbows End‘ to? Someone looking for a lighthearted, fun read that shows what happens when we don’t gather up the courage to say how we truly feel. Someone who wants a more realistic read (because everyone knows a Rosie and Alex—or maybe you are the Rosie or the Alex?). And lastly, someone looking for something a little different and who won’t mind the unique writing style.
P.S. They made a movie out of this book; it’s called Love, Rosie and stars Lily Collins and Sam Clafin as Rosie and Alex.