I haven’t done a book review in a hot minute. In fact, I think this one’s my second one. I’ve been reading a LOT so my reviews are just piling up but I have written my thoughts on every single book while they’re fresh in my head, so I don’t forget.
Anyway, let’s get started!! 😀
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Genre: Fiction, Women’s Lit/Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary
Series: Duology, followed by The Wedding
Sypnosis from Goodreads:
Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned form 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.
I liked the story though I thought it was extremely short and simplistic, and at times too cheesy and corny.. The story seems to take place in a matter of days, all the while recounting what was the past. The remainder of the book is told in the future by Noah and though the beginning of the book hinted what the ending would be like, it was still nice to follow the story to know how it got there.
I want to say that I liked both the characters, Noah and Allie, but at the same time, that’s not true.. I kind of despise, Allie..? Is that too harsh? Let me explain..
SPOILER ALERT (if you haven’t read it yet, perhaps you’ve already seen the movie):
So we obviously know Noah and Allie end up together, because that’s every love story.. Anyway, in the novel she was engaged to the lawyer, Lon. And yes, I know, I know.. This is a story about “soul mates” whatever.. But Allie.. Knowing that visiting Noah wouldn’t be a good idea, she still went anyway. And she went a second time the next day. And one thing led to another. You know where I’m going with this right?
Well, she technically cheated.. Why is that okay because they’re “soul mates”? Or am I the only one bothered about that stuff? LOL. What happen to being faithful? Why not tell the guy that she’s still in love with Noah instead of realizing that she needs to do so AFTER hooking up..? Hmmm?
And while Lon was very understanding, God bless him, I don’t know.. It’s not very clear in the story whether she even told him it happened or not.. Shady, just saying lol.
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Ok back to what I was saying before I derailed..
I liked Noah the best. He was different and his character brought a certain feel to the story. BUT at times I felt like he was a bit unrealistic. Not saying guys like him don’t exist, I’m sure they do, but he almost seemed to perfect and well..no one’s perfect, ever. Let him have a flaw or two..
I do believe in their love story, despite of what I said about Allie. I do believe that you can fall in love with someone so deeply to the point where you think of them as your soul mate.
Anyway, it was an okay book. I literally finished reading this in two days. The story was short, very cheesy, and very easy to read. It’s also not the kind of story I want more of, so I will NOT be reading The Wedding..
I’ll be honest, this story didn’t make me cry the way my godmother had implied. I did tear up a bit when Allie broke his heart, not once but twice.. Like seriously, Allie. Why..?
Enough said, I don’t want to ruin the book for those of you haven’t read it, but I’m sure I’m one of the last ones to read it, lol. I did watch the movie as well, and didn’t like it as much. It’s far more dramatic than the book..
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My Rating: 3/5
I think they could have added more depth to the story because I thought it was too simple. Not exactly my kind of book.. If you love romantic, cheesy novels about soul mates reuniting once more, this is a book for you.
Have you read this book? Watched the movie? Both
Which one did you like best and why?
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