Already, this challenge is difficult for me! I must admit that I don’t have a “favorite” book, although there are many that I will read over and over again. They are like comfort food or a security blanket. Love, Rosie is one of those books for me. It’s epistolary style draws me in and the plot, though I know it well, keeps me reading for hours. I’ve tried to analyze why I like it so much here for you.
Rosie Dunn, the protagonist, is smart, funny and fully flawed. One of the reasons I love this book so much is that I identify with her – not in her life experiences, but in her personality. No matter what happens to her, she stays positive and looks to make the best of her situation. Her story is the embodiment of the saying, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans.” However, Rosie’s personality is only one part of the story.
There’s also Alex, her best friend and a strong addition to my fictional-character crush list (source of a future blog post? hmmm). They remain friends despite the physical and emotional distances that separate them throughout the story. I don’t want to spoil too much, but Katie is another favorite character, especially later in the story.
But the deep, somewhat shameful, real reason that I love Love, Rosie? The romance. The very romantic and sweet ending despite all the twists and turns of the plot. It’s not much of a surprise, but it gets me every time. This is a book for women who have ever had unrequited love or felt like their love life was falling apart. It’s for eternal optimists who still believe love will save the day. So on a rainy day, take your tea and your blanket and curl up on the sofa with Rosie Dunn.
Day 07 – A book that’s hard to read