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.
Oh my gosh. Where do I even start with this book?! Okay. I spied the audiobook on sale for $2 (that's right -- TWO dollars!) over Thanksgiving at my favorite used bookstore so of course I grabbed it. After a good month plus of just listening to Christmas music in my car, I decided I was ready for an audiobook again. This is the one I chose.
I was sucked into it right away. The main characters, Rosie and Alex, are from Dublin and the audiobook readers all had Irish accents! It was great. This is a book of written correspondence -- letters, emails, Instant Messages (you can tell it was written in the '90s/early '00s), invitations, cards, and so forth. I do want to pick up a copy of the book to see what they actually look like in print. Now that I think about it, it's kind of ironic that I was listening to an audiobook about written correspondence. But along with the spot-on accents, the audiobook had theme-fitting music interspersed (like 'Pomp & Circumstance' around a graduation, for example) so it worked.
Rosie and Alex were both such lovable characters. Both of them -- but especially Rosie -- had some tough breaks, but they both charged ahead with life and pushed through. We saw these two through times they were tight as thieves and times when they fought. We saw them support each other's dreams and decisions, but also call each other out. And OH the many near misses! My little heart could hardly take it!
Ruby was a great secondary character as an older, supportive voice of reason for Rosie. She played that role with some tough love, and she and Rosie were almost tied for sense of humor. The second to last scene of the book is absolutely perfect.
I discovered shortly after I started reading it, that it was re-released with the title Love, Rosie and it is being made into a movie! With two actors who I adore as Rosie and Alex -- Lily Collins and Sam Claflin:
See? Adorable! So in conclusion, go read this book! It's a cute read, it's absolutely lovely and you'll be looking for the "silence" of your own when you're done!