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BOOK REVIEW: Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

Book Review: Where Rainbows End/Love Rosie by Cecelia Ahern - Venus Aby


Book Title: Where Rainbows End
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November 8th 2004
Rating: 3 stars
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From naughty children to rebellious teenagers, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But just as as they’re discovering the joys of teenage nights on the town and dating disasters, they’re separated. Alex’s family move from Dublin to America – and Alex goes with them. For good.

Rosie’s lost without him. But on the eve of her departure to join Alex in Boston, Rosie gets news that will change her life forever – and keep her at home in Ireland.

Their magical connection sees them through the ups and downs of each other’s lives, but neither of them knows whether their friendship can survive the years and miles – or new relationships. And at the back of Rosie’s mind is whether they were meant to be more than just good friends all along. Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart, but when presented with the ultimate opportunity, will they gamble everything for true love?


Where Rainbows End, aka, Love, Rosie, is almost 600 pages of letters, emails and IMs (oh, the days of MSN). It was a somewhat fun read. But, I mostly found it a bit ridiculous. 

How The Story Is Told

I actually enjoyed the aspect of Ahern telling the story of Rosie, Alex and their family and friends through letters, email and IMs. I’ve never seen it in a book before so it was refreshing to read this.

The Actual Story

So to put the story in a nutshell, Rosie and Alex are in love with each other but due to their choice of not communicating effectively, the story drags on to see if they finally confess their love.  This book was honestly way too long for a quick, solvable issue: effective communication. I do understand that life gets in the way sometimes. Nonetheless, I find it ridiculous that the timeline of this book was from when they were infants up to when they were around 60 years old. That’s why I prefer the film, for the reason that the timeline isn’t ridiculously long like in the book. I never found a good reason for why they technically lied to each other and themselves, as well as the partners they had. It was extremely unfair, especially on Alex’s partners’ behalf. 

The Characters I Liked

I love Rosie’s character. The best part of this book was her character development, in my opinion. I love the fact that she didn’t give up on her relationships. Although it is generally a good trait, it did, unfortunately, stab her in the back with a *certain* relationship she had. Rosie’s relationship with her parents, siblings and daughter was honestly very wholesome.  I really loved how close she was with them and how her daughter, Katie, is blunt but supportive of Rosie’s decisions. Also, Rosie’s passion is very admirable. Although she has many setbacks, she still pushed on to achieve what she wanted. It was great to see her journey to be her definition of successful. Rosie is why I gave the book 3 stars instead of 2.

Alex’s brother, Phil was a favourite of mine, too. Although we hardly see him in the book, he was the person who had common sense and the confidence to tell Alex the truth instead of walking on eggshells around him. He always said what I was thinking. It was reassuring seeing that a character in the book was as annoyed at the whole situation with Rosie and Alex like I was.

The Characters I Disliked

Alex’s character was one that I disliked. I found him obnoxious and so annoying. The only impression I got of him was that he only cared about having a high status in life, even if it meant that it would strain the relationships he had with his family and friends. This is an incredibly awful trait. It’s a shame that I wasn’t really rooting for him to get with Rosie because of this.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.8

Check out my book review of Where Rainbows End/Love Rosie by Cecelia Ahern!

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  • Reply Olivia Roach

    Ah, I am not the biggest fan of when a book is drawn out simply because of a problem with communication where the characters could have solved it pretty easily! But it sounds like Rosie’s character definitely saved the book in some aspects and made it a pretty decent read in the end regardless of the drawn out plot 🙂

    May 14, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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