This book is definitely different than any other books I have ever read before due to the way it is written. Ahern has chosen to write this seemingly simple love story in an epistolary manner which makes the story much more interesting. The novel is basically a collection of letters, e-mails, chats, notes and any other forms of written activities – all compiled into one novel.
It didn’t take me long to read this book since I felt like reading my old e-mails (although I don’t have such tragic love story…yet?!) and who doesn’t like to browse around old notes, diary entries and e-mails for the sake of nostalgia. I actually took an interest of this book when I saw the movie on TV. It was a pretty good film but I knew better that when a movie is based on a book, the book is usually way better and I was right (I really think the movie was nothing like the book, well OK, maybe a little bit…).
I guess this book relates to me in a way, I mean who has never had one of those boy-girl best friends status where at the end one or the other fall for each other – I certainly have. I love how Rosie and Alex keep being friends after so many years and it really shows how they genuinely care for each other. However it does annoy me at how long it takes for them to finally be together. While reading the book, I secretly wished that Ahern would get them together earlier so that there could be a Rosie-Alex child.
I bet I’m not the only frustrated reader as there were just TOO many missed opportunities, and even with the massive opportunity aka “the silence”, Rosie and Alex STILL didn’t get it…even I am not that stupid! I also think it’s cute how Alex’s misspelling of “know” to “no” is passed on to Rosie’s daughter, Katie. It just shows how strong of a friendship they have. And is it a big coincidence that daughter Katie has almost the exact same story as her mum with her best friend Toby, only that their story got a way better ending than Rosie and Alex. When I read this part, I was practically screaming “This is what’s supposed to happen with Rosie and Alex!!”.
This book is so frustratingly sweet and wonderful. Maybe it’s because of the simple story line that relates to almost everyone. I mean just admit it, that the best lover is (often) your own best friend because they know you better than anyone else and you can be comfortable with them, even in silence. And this is Rosie and Alex, their lives are dedicated to each other, to making sure each one has a good life, even when they are married to someone else (and hate each other’s partners), they still want the best for each other and when they are in a mess (like how Rosie is most of the time in this book), they will still look out for one another even when they are separated by distance.
I don’t hate the ending, I think it’s quite sweet. I mean they have been friends since they were 5 and only at 50 everything started to fall into place. I guess it is the perfect ending to a perfect friendship, an ending that is so sweet that it made me cry a little and wish the book had more chapters.