Woman Crush Wednesday: Rosie Dunne


If you haven’t read Love, Rosie (or Where The Rainbows End) please do so immediately. The story follows the WCW of the day, Rosie Dunne, and her best friend, Alex, through their lives of missed opportunities, complete misunderstandings, and tells a tale of love and loss all told through emails, letters, and IMs.

I specifically chose Rosie as my WCW because not only is she hilarious she’s also a very strong character. She has a bit of a rough go of it during her life but she makes it work. She doesn’t quit when things get hard and does everything she can to keep moving forward even when every obstacle seems to be standing in her way.

My heart broke for Rosie multiple times in this book and of course she made many mistakes but at her core Rosie is a genuinely loving and caring person that often put other people’s needs before her own. I loved watching Rosie grow from a young child to a reckless teen to a precarious young adult to a semi-wise grown up.

Just as most books these days there is a movie version of the novel but I do advise reading the book first if you’re going to see the movie. The movie itself isn’t bad but they did have to remove a lot of the story in order to shorten the film and although some may argue the shortening of the film is better than the long winded romance we’re given in the novel, I for one loved seeing Rosie and Alex take two steps forward and one step back (multiple times) in their relationship in the novel. But to each their own.

Honestly though, Rosie is a character you should get to know. She’s one of my favorite female characters and I love her wit and sass in this novel. I might have to go and reread this book now. I almost forgot just how much I love it. Good thing I own it.

‘[Greg] is the luckiest man in the world to have you, Rosie, but he doesn’t deserve you and you deserve far better. You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and who can protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who can make you happy, really happy, dancing-on-air happy.’ – Love, Rosie

Book Review: Love, Rosie


Synopsis from Amazon:

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 each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, the are separated as teenagers when Alex and his family relocate from Dublin to Boston. Like two ships always passing in the night, Rosie and Alex stay friends, and though years pass, the two remain firmly attached via emails and letters. Heartbroken, they learn to live without each other. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel o f several missed opportunities, Rosie and Alex learn that fate isn’t quite done with them yet.

I’ll admit I’m a hopeless romantic so I’m a sucker for a good love story and this one is great. I first heard about this book because it’s now a movie and of course I had to read the book before I saw the film (although of course the movie will disappoint me now).

The story follows Rosie and Alex, best friends since the age of seven, who go through multiple up and downs but always find there way back to each other. As friends of course. It was like watching a dance reading this book. They would come together and I would think finally they’re going to be together but then something/someone always got in the way.

The book is written entirely written in emails, letter, and instant messages sent not only between Alex and Rosie but also between their siblings, parents, other friends, and significant others. It expands over 40 years of time and it’s great watching Alex and Rosie grow up and grow together but also apart.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was really frustrating sometimes because I just wanted Alex and Rosie to be honest about feelings for each other but they act so stupid sometimes that I was annoyed. However it was also so funny to read all the things they would say to each other and all the things they wouldn’t.

Definitely a book to check out before you see the movie. Which stars Lily Collins so it’ll definitely be pretty good at least.

Favorite Line: 

Then the laughing stopped and there was this silence. What the hell was it? It was like the world stopped turning in that instant. Like everyone around us had disappeared. Like everything at home was forgotten about. It was as if those few minutes on this world were created just for us and all we could do was look at each other. It was like he was seeing my face for the first time.

Stars: 4 out of 5. I loved this book a lot but I wanted more from the ending. I was satisfied with it but after everything that happened in the novel I expected something bigger than what I got.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!!! I loved this book. Definitely one you’ll want to read. And so many good quotes. It was hard to pick just one.

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Also if you’re not afraid of spoilers check out the trailer for the movie below.