Author: Cecelia Ahern
Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit, Comedy
Cecelia Ahern known for her sickly and extremely unrealistic novels has churned out yet another chick-lit, this time in epistolary form i.e written exclusively in letters, texts and emails.
The novel centres on two protagonists, Rosie and Alex who have been the best of friends pretty much since they were born. The narrative follows their story from childhood to growing into teenagers and later adults as they explore different relationships and careers, all the while, still attempting to maintain their own friendship through the ups and downs life throws at them.
The characters of Alex and Rosie are fairly well-rounded characters, particularly Rosie, whose character development is more evident than her male counterpart. The most interesting aspect is, of course, the nature of the relationship between the two. Ultimately, this novel appears to be Ahern’s answer to the question that has baffled humanity for centuries; can a relationship between a male and female ever be purely platonic?
Ahern’s answer is a complex one as demonstrated through the obstacles faced by the main characters. However, what is most charming about this book, is the way in which she addresses this question through a second set of characters, another generation. Whilst I want this to remain a spoiler free review, I will say the way in which she constructs her answer is delightful.
All in all, this novel is a charming one, if not a little simplistic. If you’re looking for a light read that will offer laughs, tears and smiles, definitely purchase this from your nearest store (or kindle) today!
The Bug’s Verdict: 7/10