The Amateur Critic: Where Rainbows End

“Life is funny isn’t it? Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out,
just when you finally begin to plan something, get excited about something,
and feel like you know what direction you’re heading in, the paths change,
the signs change, the wind blows the other way, north is suddenly south, and
east is west, and you’re lost. It is so easy to lose your way, to lose direction.
And that’s with following all the signposts”
~Cecilia Ahern, Where Rainbows End
2004

This is one of the sweetest books I have ever read and one if my all time favorites. It covers the lives of Alex and Rosie from the age of 5 to 50 completely through letters, postcards, e-mails, chat rooms and instant messages. Filled with insanely lovable characters, it’s a book you’d want to re-read and recommend to everyone you know.

Alex and Rosie are both very lovable characters. Even though I couldn’t connect with them in the beginning, I grew to understand them and their heartbreaks as the story progresses.

One major drawback I found was that the book dragged on FOREVER. Sure, it shows us a lifespan of about 45 years but there were parts where everything got a tad bit annoying and you’d just want to climb into the book and smack everyone on their heads.

The writing style and the way the book was organised was brilliant. I loved the idea of a story being told through a letters. Although it took a while to adapt to, it worked really well.

Characters

Rosie
I am proud of this girl. We can see her transform from a struggling,confused teenager to a strong, independent woman who knows exactly what she wants for herself and her daughter. She is lucky to have a best friend like Alex.

Alex
I love Alex (the fact that he’s played by Sam Claflin is another factor),  I do have to admit that he’s a bit of a coward. He was aware if his feelings towards Rosie and her feelings back for him and yet didn’t take a stand for what was right. Like, what the hell?!
What else can I say? He was a good husband, a great father and and excellent friend. He tried a lot and you can see that throughout the book.

Final rant
Alex and Rosie’s relationship reminds me if the song Realize by Collie Caillat

“If you just realize what I just realized,
Then we’d be perfect for each other,
And we’ll never find another.
Just realize what I just realized.
We’d never have to wonder if
We missed out on each other now”

They were both perfect for each other but scared to admit it in fear if losing the years of friendship they had developed.
However in the end, I was happy. I was satisfied by it and there isn’t anything I would change.

Ratings- 4/5
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Please comment if you’ve read the book and tell me what you thought about it.
Criticism is welcome.
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Neha

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