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      02.07.2012 15:28

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      This book had me hooked I could notput it down. I have since read this book 2 more times since first reading it.This book by Cecelia Ahern is beautifully written and has such passion.The story is about two childhood friends, who with ups and lots of downs still stay friends and are very much involved in each others lifes even with distance between them.This book is cleverly written, the story is told trhough letters, cards, emails etc so you feel that they are real when reading them.Great book.

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      15.10.2011 13:15
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      Read a different Cecelia Ahern book

      I had been introduced to Cecelia Ahern a few months ago when someone bought me a copy of PS I love you, I really enjoyed this and went onto watch the film then looked into her other books and bought A Place Called Here, which I'd also really enjoyed so therefore I had high hopes when I picked this up the other day!

      The book is written in the forms of mementoes between friends and one time lovers Rosie and Alex; there is letters, emails, texts, instant messaging - no real narrative it is just relayed in the letters etc, this was alright at first but got a bit annoying towards the middle of the book. A good point to it though was that it showed you whereabouts in time you were since the book spanned a couple of decades. They had always been close since they were little as they were each others only real friend, but in the background it seemed like there was something more going on.. however something always seemed to get in the way, will they ever get together?

      I was really not at all impressed with this book, I would say that it doesn't meet up to the standard of her previous books. I'm not sure why but it just annoyed me and I wasn't at all interested in it, I ended up giving up at about 250 pages - yet there was about 400 to go! The plot just didn't seem realistic, there was so many different things that got in their way and this was only at the 250 page mark, I didn't really see how this could actually happen. The only good point is that I bought it when it was on offer for £1.99 on amazon.

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        01.03.2011 18:31

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        brilliant book that's easy to read - but good quality too!

        Having read and love Cecelia Ahern's 'p.s. I love you' I was so excited to receive another Cecilia Ahern book as a present. I've never been a big reader - so was pleased to find an author whose writing I liked so much. I don't think any future book of Cecilia Aherns will quite compete with PS I love you, but this did a pretty good job. I read this about 5 years ago so don't recall all the details of the plot - but then you can read about that elsewhere. There were 2 key aspects of the book that have really stuck with me though - one is to do with the plot , so I won't give that away, but the other is to do with the fast pace at which the book goes. The 2 main characters, Rosie and Alex, are children at the start of the book, but before you know it they are teenagers, and then adults. In my early 20's at the time of reading it they went from being much younger than me, to much older! (with the next generation ending up older too). I think it served as a great reminder that time can go so quickly, and to reflect on our own families. I recommended this book to my Mum, and she enjoyed it too - so it seems to appeal to many ages. I suspect it would be more popular with women though, but I don't know. I found it easy to read, and as I read it I was willing for Rosie and Alex to get back together in the end... I would recommend this book if you enjoy fictional love stories.

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        03.10.2010 01:20

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        Lovely story

        I don't read a lot of books, i'm more for the internet to be honest- however once i get my head into a good book i can't put it down until its finished!

        I absolutely love this book, it's the classic boy meets girl love story, with all the heartache and will they wont they scenarios- it's that well written you actually drift of into the story.

        The layout of the book can be a bit annoying, it's written as if a few people are writing letters back and forth to one and other; which tells a story over many years, well besides the last chapter which is written mainly in normal paragraphs if i remember correctly.

        I paid £3 for it from Asda about four years ago, it is a long book so i probably wont read it again but i would recommend anyone who loves a slushy romantic story to read this one. I will worn you though, once you start reading you will be hooked and wont be able to put it down till you find out if the main characters hook up!

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        15.06.2010 13:46
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        Read it now!

        As I read books very quickly, I tend to read an awful lot of books. In this way, I am not generally fussy about what books I read and tend to read whatever books I can get my hands on. Having said that, it is very rare that I find a book that I really, really enjoy to make me want to recommend it to other people. This is one of those books.

        I don't remember reading any of Cecelia Ahern's other books. I may have done, but they obviously didn't connect me with as much as this one did.

        The main difference with this book is that it is written entirely in the form of emails, letters, postcards, greeting cards and instant messages. This is new to me and I have never read a book that has been written solely in this form.

        The story follows the lives of Rosie and Alex who are best friends from the age of five and follows the ups and downs in their friendship. Their lives dramatically change when Alex's family move to Boston, but the two friends still continue their friendship in spite of living in different countries. Over the years, Alex and Rosie have arguments, but as other characters are also introduced, the conversations still continue even if they themselves are not talking to each other.

        The other main characters in the book are Rosie's parents, Rosie's sister Stephanie who lives in France, Alex's parents, Alex's brother Phil, and Rosie's friend Ruby. The conversations, emails and letters are sometimes funny, but sometimes sad. This book made me laugh out loud and also made me cry. I count a book as being very well written if I find myself getting lost in the book and feel as though I am living the lives of the main characters. This book did this and I did not want to put this book down. I wanted to find out what was going to happen next and find out what happened to the two friends in the end.

        I would happily recommend this book to anyone and once you get used to the fact that the story is told completely via emails and letters etc, I am sure you won't be able to put the book down!

        I am now going to see if I can find any other books by Cecelia Ahern as I hope that her other novels will be as good as this one.

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          03.05.2010 17:25
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          A story of two friends and their bond

          Where Rainbows End By Cecelia Ahern. Published in 2004.

          I absolutely love Cecelia Ahern's books and they are brilliant unique stories. Cecelia Ahern is a beautiful writer and I haven't yet found a book by her that I didn't like. Cecelia Ahern is one a my favourite authors and ever whatever she writes, I am sure to always read it.

          Inside most of her books Cecelia Ahern writes a message to her family and friends thanking them for their support. She also mentions all of the people who worked with her to make her books possible. I know that sometimes most authors do dedicate their writing to someone or write thanking people, but I really do especially like the way Cecilia Ahern does this.

          Where rainbows end is quite a long book, but if your anything like me and love reading, then it won't even bother you. The book itself has five parts to it and has fifty chapters. I think that where rainbows end is the only book I've ever with so many chapters! Or maybe I haven't just read enough books.

          Where rainbows end is set in Dublin, Ireland and tells the story of two friends, Rosie and Alex. Growing up together and going to the same school, Rosie and Alex have a special bond and are very close friends. That is until Alex's family moves to Boston. And Rosie gets some unexpected news, that turns her life up side down. Although the two friends are apart they still keep in regular contact with each other.

          Where rainbows end is told through emails, letters and instant messages. This book is the fist novel that I have ever heard of being written in that form. For this reason I did find it hard to get into it, because it was so different from anything I have ever read before. But you do get used to it and soon I found myself hooked by it. The story also features Rosie and Alex's families, which gives you as the reader a brilliant insight as to how they feel about different situations.

          Cecelia Ahern also wrote: P.S I love you, If you could see me now and a place called here.

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            09.04.2010 11:06
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            a great read

            Cecelia Ahern is probably most famous for writting 'PS I love you' because the film of the same title was based on her book. She has, however, written a couple more good books and 'Where rainbows end' is one of them.

            Rosie and Alex are best friends from childhood. In my opinion, they have a really special bond. Of course, they argue from times to times about some seemingly prosaic things but they also know everything about each other. Sounds perfect? Well, it is, until the day when Alex learns that his parents are moving to the US. Obviously, there is not way he can stay in Ireland (where the book is based) by himself as he is only a teenager. Rosie then plans to come and join him and she applies to Boston University. However, the night of her flight she learns something that stops her from going to America.

            All of the characters are witty and full of fun. Apart from Alex and Rosie, there are also Rosie's parents (her mom tries to learn to use e-mail which is absolutely hilarious), Alex's first love Bethany (a really annoying one)and Rosie's sister Stephanie who lives in France and appears only occasionally. Ruby is a sort of 'subsituted' best friends from Rosie's work. She is older than Rosie but that doesn't make her any wiser. She is very noisey and always tries to read notes from Alex (yes, Rosie and Alex keep their correspondance for a very long time). She has an on and off relationship with Ted so we also learn a bit about her love problems. I immediately fell in love with Ruby, she is a very funny character.

            Alex's equivalent of Ruby is called Phil. It's his brother and he knows about Alex's real feelings. The same with Ruby - she knows what Rosie really feels so this way we can learn about them as Rosie and Alex don't want to reveal them. It getrs frustrating at times because they seem to be such lovely people you just want them to be happy.

            The story is written in an extremely clever and witty way. Even though the whole book consists of different notes, letters and e-mails, I had the impression of learning about everything 'first hand'. It starts off with Rose and Alex's argument over a birthday party when they were something about 7 years old. Thank to the way it's written I looked at Rosie and Alex's situation from just so many perspectives!

            'Where Rainbows End' is not only a book full of fun. It is also quite moving at times and I was about to burst into tears a couple of times. All the letters and e-mails are extremely amusing but at the same time I felt a bit sentimental.

            I strongly recommend this book - it is a great read, maybe not the most ambitious one, but it is very hard to put down and you won't notice when you will have read all 453 pages.

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              19.02.2010 23:18
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              Fantastic book, you will not be disappointed.

              Where Rainbows End... I must say this is one of the best "chick lit" books that I have ever read. From the moment that I picked up the book I could not put it down. I think I finished reading it in just under 4 hours.

              Cecelia tells a tale of a childhood friendship between a young girl and boy; watching it blossom and flourish through bad times and good.
              The book is warm and heartfelt and a pleasure to read.

              I do not think that I have spoken to one person who has not agreed with me when I said that some parts of the book triggers memories from when I was younger.

              Cecelia's books are fantastically written and none of them are similar.

              I would definately recommend this book to anyone who was spending a day on the sofa relaxing.

              I can assure you, you will not be disappointed.

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              12.02.2010 23:25
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              A book which will be loved by millions!

              **Where I Got It and Price**
              I was in waterstones and they had an offer on "3 for 2" and i wanted a romantic girly book. I had seen the film P.S i love you and didnt want to read that book because i thought it would ruin it. So i went for something from the same author "Cecelia Ahern".
              The recommended price in the UK is £6.99 which is the usally price for a paperback book.

              **The Cover**
              The cover of my book isnt exactly the same as the one in the picture. The cover on mine is blue at the top slowly fading into pink and then yellow. On the back it has the blurb and some reviews from newspapers etc. On the inside at the front is more praise for the book and in the back is an order form for Cecelia Adhern others books and a picture of Cecelia.

              **Overriew**
              The book is a romanitc comedy the same as many of Cecelia Adhern books. Its a very quick and easy read. The whole book is written in letter form so you find out what is happening by the characters writing, texting and emailing each other. Its perfect for people who dont like reading long pages of description that isnt really very relevent. Also sometimes it can leave you hanging because they may lie in thre letters etc. The main characters are Rosie and Alex and they live in Ireland.

              **Plot**
              Rosie and Alex have been best friends since the beginning of school. They have been joined by the hip but when Alexs dad gets a job in America they have to seperate for good. When Alex is supposed to return for the prom anda cant make it crazy events make things very difficult for Rosie pushing them further apart. Alex has old "friends" entering back into his life which pushes them even further apart. So can they really be soul mates or will something change again.

              **My thoughts**
              This is now one of my favorite books and i couldnt put it down. I think that the way the book is written is very interesting and find it nice to read something a little bit differnet now and then. The characters are also believable and some of things they got up to when they were younger you did or when they are adults they come across challenges that everybody has. The book can get sad at times and i cry at everything so i was nearly in tears. Also once i had finished this book my mum started reading it too and she loved it as well. It's an easy read and i hope you like it.

              Hope I Helped,
              Emma :)

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                10.02.2010 20:04
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                great story about two best friends who may be brought together by fate:)

                Cecelia Ahern is a wonderful writer whos style of writing is different but very effective. As a very hard to please and very slow reader, when given this book to read i expected to read a few chapters and get bored, however i couldn't put it down! After the first page i was completly drawn in and finshed it in a few days, rather that weeks!

                The book is writen in letter-form and is not like many other books. The story revolves around to characters, Rosie Dunne and Alex Stuart who have been best friends forever. It shows their relationship through four decades, going through the good and the bad of their lives. They both grew up in Ireland but when deciding where to go to college Alex applies to Boston where he then moves to, Rosie then chooses to follow, however when falling pregnant at the age of eighteen things change...

                This story really is a rollacoaser of emotions and will have you laughing and crying alone with the tragic and fun-loved moments of these two best friends desting to be together.

                I would seriously recomend this book for anybody who is looking for a romantic book to really get stuck into!

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                  20.01.2010 20:20
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                  A great read - I believe in love.

                  I generally enjoy Cecelia Ahern's stories and the style she writes them in. Therefore, I have read the majority of her books. Cecelia has said her stories are very much emotion driven. I think this is one of the reasons I always enjoy her books. For me, her stories are always emotive in someway. I guess I find this enjoyable to read because I can relate to the way some of the characters are feeling. Of course, the scenarios in the stories and the way they are dealt with are different but the feeling of certain emotions similar.

                  Where Rainbows End released in November 2004 is Cecelia's second book following her debut novel PS, I Love You. The story begins with the central characters, a young Rosie and Alex. Being best friends they have a strong connection and share everything. They remain best friends throughout their lives, albeit with plenty of trials ands tribulations thrown in along the way. The story follows them as they grow up and throughout adulthood as they go about their own separate lives on different continents (Rosie in Ireland, Alex in America). It becomes fairly clear early on in the book that there is more to their relationship then friendship (they want to be together) but other things/people seem to get in the way. This often leaves them both questioning the others feelings - are they really destined to be together? As I got towards the end of the book I was keen to find out the answer, however, I don't want to spoil it and give away the answer to the will they/won't they question.

                  Although I did enjoy reading Where Rainbows End I must admit it took a bit of getting used to at the beginning. The story is told by way of emails, instant messages and letters sent between the characters. For some reason I thought this format was just going to be used to introduce and establish the main characters at the beginning of the story. Though it did click after the first chapter this format would continue throughout the whole of the book and this is the way the story would be told. Overall, this was not off putting but sometimes it was a bit confusing as to who was writing to whom. This may therefore be a bit distracting for some.

                  In conclusion, I'm definitely glad I read this book. I enjoyed Where Rainbows End as like many of Cecelia's other books it has a touch of fairytale about it. Of course this may not be something all people would be comfortable with. It's published by Harper and I bought it from Amazon where it's currently reduced from £6.99 down to £4.27. I've also noticed it selling in Tesco and Asda for around £4.00 - £5.00.

                  Thanks for reading.

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                    05.10.2009 21:50
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                    An original story that you won't be able to put down!

                    Cecelia Ahern's follow up to the acclaimed 'PS I Love You' this is her second novel released in 2004.

                    It is written in the form of letters, emails and text messages between the two main characters Rosie and Alex. They are childhood friends who grow up together, move apart, fall in love and keep missing each other. Love comes at the wrong time for each of them. Through the letters we see their separate lives develop, moving further and further apart from each other.

                    The end is quite predictable but it doesn't ruin the overall effect of the book. Like her first novel I was unable to put this down and really enjoyed it.

                    I found the epistolary style at little difficult to get into so was not hooked from page one exactly but after a few pages I did get into it very quickly and then couldn't put it down.

                    I think this is as good if not better than PS I Love you - I read it compulsively, it's one of those ones that you know what will happen but need to read it and keep reading until you finish and then feel lost without it!!!

                    It's a really beautiful, charming story that I would recommend to anyone who is after an easy chick-lit read.

                    It can be purchased on Amazon for £5.49 (or thereabouts) but am sure if you look around can be found even cheaper. Whatever the price it is well worth the money.

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                    17.09.2009 17:37
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                    A really great fairytale like read

                    Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart have been friends since they were 5 years old. Years later Alex and his family move to Boston. Rosie plans to follow him there but something happens which forces Rosie to abandon her plans. As the years go by, the pair keep in regular contact but their friendship is put under tremendous strain through a variety of things. Are the pair destined to ever be together or will they always be just best friends?

                    Following on from Cecelia Ahern's hugely successful debut, PS, I Love You, I was always going to be wary that her second novel (and subsequent novels) wouldn't live up to the hype. Thankfully any wariness was dispelled pretty quickly as Where Rainbows End is a fabulous story. So good, I've now read it twice. I find I form a better opinion of a book on the second reading for some reason.

                    Where Rainbows End is written in an incredibly unique way. It's written through a series of letters, instant messages and emails and that's the whole book. When I first read it I was worried we wouldn't get to know the characters properly but, surprisingly, we get to know the characters better this way as they reveal their inner-most feelings in the letters, emails, etc.

                    I loved Rosie Dunne, and in turn, Alex, too. To like this novel you have got to like both of the main characters as they are featured the heaviest, writing notes and emails and things to each other. I couldn't help feeling for the pair of them and hoping that, for once, fate would allow them to be together. Even though there was a lot thrown in their way, their friendship still remained and I loved how Cecelia managed to keep that up. I love that they didn't drift apart, even through the rough times.

                    There are also emails between the other characters we meet in the book, Katie, Rosie's daughter; Toby, Katie's best friend; Ruby, Rosie's friend; Stephanie, Rosie's sister; Kevin, Rosie's brother; Rosie's parents; as well as Alex's son Josh. Cecelia manages to weave the story and all of the emails/notes in perfectly well and the book flows easily.

                    Where Rainbows End is the ultimate love story. It goes on for decades, which makes it sound long-winded, but it's not. It also doesn't drag at all, which it could have easily have done especially in the way it's written. It really is an immense book and is well worth a read. Cecelia is an outstanding writer and her books are like fairytales for grown-ups! I can't praise Where Rainbows End enough, it really is that good.

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                      15.09.2009 19:58
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                      an uplifting and heartwarming book

                      Where Rainbows End is a brilliant novel about two people Alex and Rosie who have been best of friend from children to teenagers. But just as they start to contmeplate being more than friend Alex's family moves away from Dublin to America.

                      The book follows both there lives as they get on with their live and fall in love but still manage to keep in contact. The ending is one of fairytales.

                      I loved this book as the writing style is unique. Cecelia gives us an insight to the characters lives through emails, letters and instant messengers. Its amazing how this style can keep you interested in the characters but she manages it so well. The novel flows incredibly well and I didnt want to put it down. Every conversation is gripping and the reader empathises with the main character Rosie throughout.

                      This book was another incredibly well written book that kept me interested throughout. Its another uplifting heart warming book by Cecelia Ahern.

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                      11.09.2009 20:17
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                      You have to read this book

                      One of the things that appeals to me about the books written by Cecelia Ahern is that they are all so different. Where Rainbows End is no exception, the style of writing alone is different from PS I Love You and any other book she has written since. The book is formed of a series of conversations in a variety of forms be it letters, emails, instant messenger conversations and many others. I think this is a very entertaining way of writing as it seems like you are almost snooping on the lives of these people.

                      The two main characters are Rosie and Alex, the beginning of the book starts with them as kids and shows you that they have been friends for a very long time. You realise that they know everything about each other, all their hopes and dreams are shared. The book follows them through their lives with a variety of events sending them on completely different paths. At various points throughout their lives they keep intersecting and you realise that these two are meant for each other, they are soul mates. The question is do they make it?

                      The book is based for the majority in Ireland, which is also the home of Cecelia Ahern meaning that the descriptions are accurate. This book will make you cry both because you are happy and because you are sad. I really enjoyed everything about this book, the emotions, the writing style, the characters and the plot. I think the book is an excellent second book from Cecelia Ahern and in my opinion she will find it hard to write another book that tops this one!

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