Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern
I have to start by addressing this book's cover, it is hideous, truly awful. It isn't until I've come to write this review that I even realised what the cover looked like -- a sugary image, promising love & sparkle -- pass me a bucket! Whilst it's true we shouldn't judge books by their covers, literally, I, luckily, read this on the Kindle & so had no awful cover image to put me off.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, I decided, given Ahern's reputation, that it would probably be a fairly easy read & therefore perfect for my holiday, in this respect I was right. However, this book is more than a sloppily written love story of fate & "true love", it is an interesting observation of the every day mundanity of human life, how love fits into that & how your life won't always take the course you think it will. This book is by no means a ground-breaking social commentary, but it is a lot better than the cover suggests.
The whole narrative is told through notes, letters, cards, text messages and e-mails. At first I thought it would be incredibly frustrating reading a whole novel like this, however, I soon got into it & as the story develops, and the protagonists get older, it actually becomes a very clever & intriguing way to unfold the plot. Yes, there is a love story, and yes, it does end "nicely", but this book, for me, was very true to life. There were parts that I could really relate to, such as losing a relative or experiencing disappointment when your life's plan doesn't quite work out, but it was also incredibly hopeful & showed that even when you are at your lowest there's always a different path to take, or another way you can improve your situation.
I'm not sure if I would want to read another of Cecelia Ahern's books, however, I would recommend this to other people, especially if, like me, they were looking for an easy holiday read.
Have you read any of Cecelia Ahern's books? What did you think?