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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.
Unfortunately, I didn't read the book, I listened to the audio book on CD in my car. And LOVED it. I'm sure reading the book is also wonderful, but you wouldn't be able to hear the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by contractswriter
I listened to this as an audiobook, and found that I never wanted to stop. It started out a little slow, but very soon became addictive. Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by Debbie
I've read quite a few of Ahern's books and they are all pretty good, but this one I feel is her best. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by iamgwtw
While the format of the book (communiques between characters) is a fast and easy read, the story at times suffers for it because it limits how the story could be told. Read morePublished on August 5, 2011 by Jedibarrister
Rosie and Alex are meant for each other. And yet life keeps getting in the way. Follow the pair through letters, notes, instant messages, and emails. Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by Indian Prairie Public Library
Although I was very happy with the timing, quality, and price of my purchase, I was not completely satisified with the story. Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by Katie Davis
i wonder if ms. ahearn ever reads these reviews, but if she does, she should know the wonderful job that she did on this book. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by K. Lee
I read this book...THEN read Amazon's review, and I couldn't agree with the Amazon review more!!! I quote, "While this style is engaging at first, readers may eventually long for... Read morePublished on August 26, 2009 by Erica non-fiction junkie
I really loved the main characters and quickly found myself caught up in the story! I couldn't wait for them to get together! But then the book dragged, and dragged. Read morePublished on February 12, 2009 by A. Law