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Rosie Dunne Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 9, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • ISBN-10: 140130091X
  • ASIN: B000FVHJ76
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,954,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Cecelia Ahearn's Rosie Dunne is the amusing story of Alex and Rosie, best friends who grow up together in Ireland and stay close throughout cross-continental moves, marriages, parenthood, family dramas. and professional triumphs. Friends for close to 50 years, the potential for romance between the pair is always under the surface, yet never seems to find the right time or place to become a reality.

Twenty-three year old Ahern, whose debut novel, PS, I Love You, was a modest hit with critics and readers alike, does not deviate much from the witty yet sentimental style she seems to naturally posses. Rosie Dunne is written through a series of notes, letters, IMs, e-mails, and text messages between the two protagonists and their various friends and family members. While this style is engaging at first, readers may eventually long for more substantial dialogue and fewer choppy exchanges. In fact, about halfway into the story, some may even feel the urge to skip ahead to what is almost an inevitable conclusion. However, the addition of entertaining secondary characters (such as Rosie's best friend Ruby and her overweight, yet oddly talented, salsa-dancing son) help keep the momentum going through one-to-many near misses between Rosie and Alex.

Overall, Rosie Dunne is a touching look at what happens when "the one" always seems to be just a tad bit out of reach. Still, one can't help wondering if this novel may have been better suited to a short but sweet episode of a half-hour sitcom. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Ahern (PS, I Love You) uses letters, notes, e-mails and instant messages to narrate her poignant second novel about thwarted love and missed opportunities. Plucky Rosie Dunne is infatuated with her best friend since childhood, Alex Stewart, but Alex has always been oblivious. After he moves from Ireland to the U.S. with his family, the two keep in touch, planning to reunite—first at Rosie's prom and, later, at college. But Rosie has the kind of bad luck you see in the movies: Alex's plane is delayed, and so Rosie attends the prom with "Brian the Whine," who promptly knocks her up. Rosie decides to have the baby, thereby missing her opportunity to study hotel management at Boston College and hang out with Harvard-bound Alex. At this point—which isn't very far in—the novel begins to suffer from an overfull mailbox. It seems that everyone in Rosie's life sends her (and each other) missives, and this flood of mail weighs the novel down as the years pass. Rosie Dunne is a worthy protagonist, complex enough to be compelling and ordinary enough to be believable. But Rosie and Alex's early, futile get-together attempts are summarized too quickly to be satisfying, and the letters between Rosie's now adolescent daughter, Katie, and her best friend, a boy named Toby, are too obviously reminiscent of Rosie's childhood correspondence with Alex. Implausibility rears its head again when characters sum up their lives in overly serious, long-winded paragraphs foreign to the chatty, impromptu format of e-mail. But the novel endears despite its flaws, thanks to Rosie and our endless appetite for stories of love finally requited. (Feb. 9)
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More About the Author

Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers P.S. I Love You; Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; and The Gift. The daughter of Ireland's former prime minister, she lives in Dublin.

Customer Reviews

I was very disappointed that the book was in this format.
The book is a quick read, and it's so good you're sad when it's a great, typical Cecelia Ahern book..if you liked "P.S. I LOVE YOU" you will LOVE this one!
I was sad by both the poignancy of the story and because I would miss reading about these wonderful characters.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alphia D. Larkins on March 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Oh my, I cannot say enough good things about this book! I just finished reading it and though I was so anxious to see how it ended, I am so sorry now that I can no longer peep into the lives of these down-to-earth but fascinating people, nor receive e-mails and IM's from them! For you get so caught up in their story and their lives, you are there! Alex and Rosie and their friends and relatives and the events that shape their lives are the same as yours and mine, some good and loyal and some not so good nor loyal. I don't agree with any of the negative reviews left by a few other reviewers of this book, and I don't agree with a few that went into details about the story. You should be able to read this book unbiased by other's telling you what will happen to Rosie and Alex. Try to skim over the details of the story in the reviews that tells the whole story. Who wants to read a book if they already know everything about it, all that happens to the characters? That is so unfair of anyone to write a review and do that. I am only going to say that Rosie and Alex's friendship that begins in childhood, and is so intense that it endures way past their teenage years, is the crux of this story. It (and they) suffer through many trials and tribulations and is strained through different and adverse events in the lives of both. Some things are very funny and you will laugh and other things are terribly sad and you will cry, but that is what life is really like for all of us, some good, some bad and some sadness to balance the good times. No one really has a "Pollyanna" life nor would want to and it would make a boring book if it was. This book definitely isn't boring. It keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if the friendship will ever go beyond "mere friendship.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Speelman VINE VOICE on March 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book as many stars as Amazon would let! I wish I could give more. This book just grabbed me and wouldn't let go!

It is about a girl and boy starting out as friends when they are 5. The book is all about people exchanging emails and letters and the like. It goes from them growing up, different relationships, but all along they secretly love each other. The characters are witty and real. I love when they instant message. Our herione has a female friend, Ruby who is to die for. Hilarious!

I will be getting other books by this author! Just outstanding!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Skygurl on August 10, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I usually LOVE cecelia Ahern books.. However I hated everything about this book. It had no story to it, it was like reading through someone's emails.. It was boring the whole time,I couldn't relate to Rosie at ALL because of her stupid and unrealistic choices, and when the book FINALLY ended.. it was nothing special at all. You could see it coming from page one. The ending leaves the reader dissapointed with nothing but a feeling of time wasted. I only rated this book with a one star because I finished it hoping it'd get better, it definitely did not!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Fischbach on July 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading Rosie Dunne and the feeling most forefront in my mind is complete and utter frustration!! I read the previous reviews here and saw that while most people found the book to be on the better side of okay the biggest problem they had was the epistolary format. While I agree that the letters were sometimes too wordy and that it would have been a far better book written in a more conventional manner, the letters and emails didn't really bother me as much as the length of the book and the way the story played out. By the time the climactic moment arrived I felt more than anything... well... pissed off. By the time the event that you are waiting for actually happens, it's an anti-climax of huge proportions. I seriously wanted to throw the book across the room, this is the MOST frustrating book I have EVER read.

The book could have ended 200 pages sooner than it did and I would have given it at least 4 stars. I loved the first half of it. I wanted to love the rest of it. I continued to read on, even after the first frustratingly irritating moment when the book should have taken a different turn. What I read afterward was a whole lot of subplot and further postponement. One previous reviewer mentioned that they hoped Ahern would write a sequel that would continue the story of Rosie and Alex, my thought is that she did, it was the second 200 pages in this book. She could have satisfied us by ending it while the two were still young, then included all these other characters and subplots in a second book that would have probably been as good as the first 200 pages of this book.

I read PS, I Love You by Ahern earlier this year and was similarly frustrated by that book, the characters were wishwashy and inconsistent but the plot was good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenton Spry on January 2, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First off Rosie Dunne is not a likeable character. For the life of me I cant understand why Alex is in love with her. He is a successful doctor and all she does is whine and she is soooooo depressed all the time. And every time they start to tell each other how they feel about each other something stands in the way. And that goes on chapter after chapter. If you like drawn out depressing books this is the book for you. However if you dont I would not recommend reading this book.
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