The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.
Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever.
This review is spoiler free!
I’ve been wanting to read this books for years. The movie is my mom’s favorite and I’ve seen it a million times. The book was pretty good for the most part, but I think that the last 50 pages or so were a little unnecessary. I felt like the story was just being dragged out to fill up pages. I mean its only 214 pages to begin with but it definitely could have been shorter.
The story about what Allie and Noah experienced after they met up years after falling in love, was just letters and filler that seemed as if it were trying way too hard to be poetic. I mean, I get it. Noah, in Allie’s eyes, is a poet although he claims that he can’t write poetry. However, his letters to her and describing his love are supposed to be just that. I’m not against the concept I just think that it was a bit overdone. Aside from the last bit of the book I thought that it was great and the movie does a pretty good job of being true to it (at least as much as a movie really can).
If you want a quick read that’s “super romantic” this is for you!
4 out of 5
Next I’ll be reading Persuasion by Jane Austen!