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Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern – a review by Luke

Where Rainbows End
The book cover of Where Rainbows End

I have read a few Cecelia Ahern books: P.S. I Love YouHow to Fall in LoveIf You Could See Me Now, and FlawedWhile I enjoyed each of them, my favourite remains to be the first book of hers that I read: Where Rainbows Endor, for those of you who live in the U.S., Love, Rosie

The story follows the friendship between Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart. Cecelia Ahern doesn’t only tell a moment of their life; in fact, it’s their life story, starting from when they were five continuing onto their adulthood. As kids, they got into plenty of trouble; as teenagers, they were even more trouble. However, when Alex’s family moves to America from Dublin, Rosie and Alex find themselves apart from each other. Of course, their friendship doesn’t dissolve. No, they still manage to stay in each others’ lives, still supporting each other through their hardships.

I adore everything about Where Rainbows End, especially Rosie and Alex. I love how their friendship is the main focus of the story. Cecelia Ahern did such a fine job bringing them to life, even in the epistolary style; in fact, I think the way their story is told allowed a more intimate relationship between myself and the characters, and I think that’s what made me so invested. Of course, there were other characters I loved, as well, and one of them was Rosie’s friend, Ruby, who resembled Jennifer Coolidge in my head.

There were so many laughs along the way. Nothing made me laugh so hard like the beginning of Chapter 20. Of course, every conversation between Rosie and her friend, Ruby, always amuse me. But for the beginning of Chapter 20, when they talk about diets, about the time they went on “the alphabet one,” about what food each of them resembles, I couldn’t contain my laughter. It was just so hilarious!

Love, Rosie
Poster for the Love, Rosie movie

So there’s no wonder why I seek Where Rainbows End when I feel so down in the dumps. Every time I get lost in Rosie and Alex’s story, in their own dramas—and in the hilarious conversations between Rosie and Ruby—I forget about my issues. It amuses me; it makes me laugh. It makes me feel so much better about myself.

I have yet to watch the movie; in fact, I keep putting it off. I’m worried that I won’t like it, but I’m hoping that I will love it—or at least enjoy it. I’m hoping that I will love Lily Colins and Sam Claflin as Rosie and Alex, respectively. Where Rainbows End is one of my favourite books, so hopefully, the movie will become a favourite—if not that, then I want to at least still enjoy it. Until then, I can’t wait to reread it again!

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