Book Review: Where Rainbows End / Rosie Dunne / Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Where Rainbows End / Rosie Dunne / Love, Rosie
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit, Love
Release Date: November 8, 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback
Price:  $12.15 (The Book Depository)


Sometimes you have to look at life in a whole new way . . .

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.

From the gifted author of PS, I Love You comes this charming, romantic, addictively page-turning novel that will keep readers laughing and guessing until the very last page.

Cecelia Ahern, the 22-year-old daughter of Ireland’s prime minister, holds a degree in Journalism and Media Communications. The author ofPS, I Love You, she lives in Dublin, Ireland.


Truth be told, I don’t know how to express in words all the feeling I’ve felt while reading this. This book is a real gem! I would like to thank my friend for recommending and lending this book to me!

I was kinda stuck with my two currently-reading books which I started not so long ago – well, last October – and since I’m not progressing and I feel so bored and all, I’ve decided to switch to new read to get my hype back. So then, it just so happened that my friend just finished Where Rainbows End and it’s going to be a movie, and then she recommended it. She said it’s great.

Where Rainbows End or more popularly known as Love, Rosie is about Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart. Rosie and Alex are best friends. The story started when they’re still so young. Rosie and Alex love to do silly stuffs together, they’re always mailing each other, they grew up and studied until high school together, it was all that at first. They’re just being friends and funny and cute and I thought it will just go on like that, until Alex had to go overseas before they graduate high school, because of his father’s work.

While Alex was away from Rosie, they still kept in touch through mails or online messaging. But it’s just so hard for Rosie to be apart from her best friend. One night, during their high school ball, Alex wasn’t able to accompany Rosie because he missed his flight back to Dublin. So Rosie had no choice but to invite another man for a rebound. Rosie got pregnant. She lost her dreams for college, her dream to work or own a hotel, and she became a single mother and shouldered all the hardships alone. But Alex never left her. Alex still cared for her even if they’re far away from each other. (This is not a spoiler, this happened in the earlier story, then came twists and turns starts after this.)

Before starting the book, I expected it to be really light and fast-phased read. I watched the trailer of the movie before reading it, and I was like, “Oh yeah, chick flicks. Guess I’ll just swoon with the love and romance, and it’ll be sweet blah blah.” I think I was right that the book is fast-phased, but I dunno if it’s light. For me, it’s really long – I don’t mean like a long read – it’s actually a very quick read, but long in a way that I felt like I’ve been reading the book for a very long time already. I think that’s because of all the happenings and stuffs. There are lot of things going on and you’ll just be surprised on what will happen next. 

This book, for me, is so beautiful and well written. I think, it’s really great for an author to make his/her readers feel so many different emotions with just one story. As a reader of Rosie Dunne, I swooned, I felt sad, happy, excited, pissed, hurt, hateful and I was so frustrated through out the story. You know, I have never felt so frustrated over a book that I ended up hating the story, the characters, the happenings and everything about it, but still love it at the same time. Yeah, well… it’s a really weird mix of emotions.
This is also the kind of story where even if you’re already tired and pissed and mad and hurt, you’d still want to go on and finish it and find out what will happen in the end. You’ll look forward if Rosie and Alex will finally be together, or everything will just remain as messed up as they are or they’ll just be best friends forever and such. There are lots of twists and turns. One moment, they finally have the chance to be together and it’s already so close for Alex and Rosie to be happy, then the next thing you’ll know, they’re far away from being happy together again. It’s just so frustrating and annoying.
But I loved how Ahern worked all those turns quite well. It’s a roller coaster of emotions. I also love the writing style of Where Rainbows End. The whole book is written in a mail/messaging/email format and I think it’s so cute.

So overall, for me, this book is just so hauntingly beautiful. While reading this, I’ve been teasing my close friend. This friend of mine has a thing for her best friend, so yeah. I thought this best friend story is quite perfect for her. lol. And, you know, I liked how I did not end up getting tired on the story even if I’m reading this simultaneously together with We Were Liars. When I stop, I’ll eventually still look for it and see what’s going to happen next. I totally recommend this book to y’all!

PS: I cried at the ending for some reasons. lol. And I think Lily Collins and Sam Claffin make a great Rosie and Alex. 🙂


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