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.
*MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
I was not at all influenced to buy this because it has the same name as me. Nope, not one bit.
This book has really just left me speechless. The characters were so dynamic and deep. I felt so bad for Rosie, her life was so shitty and it was like a never ending cycle of disappointment.
I, though, have come to conclusion that it’s all Alex’s fault. Every time he would get upset he would either be with a woman or have another baby with said current woman that he feels nothing for emotionally. He had all these second chances to be himself and do what HE wanted but he didn’t.
Rosie isn’t really in the clean with the situation either. She, against her best judgement, stayed with what’s-his-name Greg even though he was unfaithful. When Rosie was younger, she recalled thinking about what she would do if her husband/significant other was unfaithful and she didn’t listen to herself. She gave him another chance when ONCE A CHEATER ALWAYS A CHEATER Greg was caught, again. I’m glad Kevin socked him in the nose.
I really like the writing format, it’s set through a series of letters, emails, and IM’s. I thought that, even though this book was around 400 pages, it would be a fast read. It was sort of a fast read. Sometimes I would be dreading the longer emails or letters and just skim over it. I think some things could be taken out but I still loved this book all the same.
I felt so sad when Katie began to grow up and go through everything that Rosie and Alex went through with her best friend Toby. It just reminded me how life is so full of shit and how it can take a turn for the worse.
I couldn’t stop sobbing.
A gif that sums up my reaction: