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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (February 9, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 140130091X
  • ASIN: B000FVHJ76
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,802,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com 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)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

It is magical and bring old memories out of anyone!
Tabitha Brown
I also highly recommend her fist book, PS I Love You! .... Keep the tissue box close with both of these books.
Sharon Carman
I was very disappointed that the book was in this format.
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32 of 34 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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14 of 15 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M on June 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was very disappointed when I read this book. As others have said in their reviews, I had to force myself to read each page. Because of the format of the book, you can't really see the relationship between the characters develop; you're told of events instead of being shown. The plot seems very cliche: two best friends in love and have trouble getting together, one deals with teen pregnancy...it's been done before. Unfortunately with this story, it is very difficult to become engaged and to fall in love with the characters.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bethenina on February 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Rosie Dunne" is a good book, but you kind of get sick of them dawdling after a while, and you begin to scream : JUST GET TOGETHER ALREADY.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Foraker on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After reading PS I Love You, I was anxious to dive into another of Ahern's books. Luckily Rosie Dunne was only a library book, and not one I would've spent too much money on. I wish I would've thummed through it first. The entire book is email exchanges between the characters. I was surpised by the other positive reviews. This book was quite frankly, a headache. It was too easy to page ahead and ahead to get to the two main character's emails, as those were the only ones I was interested in. A WHOLE, ENTIRE BOOK OF EMAIL EXCHANGES! Confusing, unappealing to the eye, and boring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Dinnem on May 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! I just finished it last night and although I couldn't keep my curiosity at bay and spread out the story so I could spend one more day with it, I was sad to be finished. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to "know" Alex and Rosie and all of their friends and family throughout the years. I felt that the layout of this novel, with emails and letters and cards, gave a unique glimpse of the thoughts and feelings of all the characters. You'll probably more than likely find a little bit of yourself, your mistakes and your triumphs, in the characters of Ahern's novel. A true gem, one that I feel lucky to have found!
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8 of 11 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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