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Question: 2 best friends that send notes/letters to each other for decades

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Asked by pamcanington on Thu 25, May 2017 06:56am :
I read a book some time between 2004-2010 that was a memoir-type book.  It
started with 2 best friends (girls) that passed notes back and forth to
each other through school/college.  As they got older, they wrote letters
to each other since they moved apart.  They got married, had children,
worked, had ups and downs.  The book was written by one of the girls and it
was actually just all the notes and letters she'd received over the years. 
No story line - just notes and letters in chronological order - and that's
how the story was told.  I'm not entirely sure it wasn't Fiction, but the
way the notes and letters were posted throughout the book makes me think it
was real.
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Comment by sallievern on Sun 28, May 2017 10:15am:
"Where Rainbows End" (also titled "Rosie Dunne" by Cecelia Ahern?
[fiction] "Where Rainbows End" is a story told through letters,
emails and instant messaging about the ever-changing relationship
between the two main characters Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart. Rosie and
Alex are close friends from childhood but one day they are suddenly
separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to Boston. The book
guides us through their relationship as it continues to change due to
distance, new relationships and circumstances which seem determined to
keep them apart. One question remains throughout the book, were they
always meant to be more than friends and will they risk everything
including their friendship on
love?" "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


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