Where Rainbows End (otherwise known as Love, Rosie) – Celia Ahern
“You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK.”
This novel is the peak of romantic slush…but I still loved every word. The story follows Alex and Rosie, two childhood friends who grow up together; it begins with them aged seven and ends when they are fifty. If this sounds familiar, this book has been released as a film called Love, Rosie. However, as ever, the book is very different to the film and I would strongly recommend to everyone to go ahead and read it. The novel is written in a series of letters, emails and instant messages mainly from Alex and Rosie. Every page is a very frustrating read because you just want to scream at both characters for wasting their lives not falling in love with each other. Ahern doesn’t leave out anything; it’s funny, painfully awkward and completely veracious throughout. While the ending may be inevitable, you spend every page just waiting for it to happen. Just. Read. It.
Statistical Probability of Falling in Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith
“Is it better to have had a good thing and lose it, or never to have had it?”
After reading some heavy books for my course, I decided to relax with something lighter and came across this. Hadley is on the way to her father’s second wedding at JFK airport, but she misses her flight. While sitting waiting for the next available one, she meets Oliver; British, charismatic and charming, Hadley might actually be glad that she was too late for her flight. They get to know each other in the airport and on the plane, but just as their chemistry blossoms, they are separated. Smith brilliantly explores the likelihood of love bringing people back together. Set over a 24-hour period, this book explores the possibility of finding love when you least expect it. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
“You consider the situation with Rosie to be the result of genetic compatibility?
‘You have such a way with words,’ Gene said. ‘If you want to be a bit more romantic about it, I’d say you were in love.’”
If slushy romance is not your thing, then this is the book for you. Dom Tillman is an extremely intelligent geneticist and scientist who lectures at a university in Australia. He has Asperger’s Syndrome and, while being able to spot this in others, is incapable of realising he has it himself. Don is competent in many academic areas, yet struggles in the game of love. He has so far been unlucky when it comes to dating and so devises a plan – “The Wife Project” – to find the most compatible suitor. Cue Rosie – eccentric, subversive and contentious, she ticks every box that Don does not. Don would usually never go for a girl like Rosie, but it might turn out to be the best decision he’s ever made. Simsion creates an environment where being idiosyncratic (like Don) or unorthodox (like Rosie) is not only OK but may prove to be the perfect combination.