The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks — Book Review

Heyy guys!

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 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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12 thoughts on “The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks — Book Review

  1. learningbeaut by Ruth Garcia says:

    Omg I felt the same way about Allie! I read the book and saw the movie. But I notice a lot in movies and books that we make cheating seam okay because that was their soul mate or they where in love first. But in my head I am always like what about the other person? They didn’t deserve that! Haha

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Maybe that’s why, lol. I don’t typically watch romantic movies or read those kinds of books. But I’m loving the fact that after having read these books I’m getting to know myself more and what I like lol

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  2. 50shad3s0fjay says:

    I never read the book but I have seen the movie a very long time ago. I’m definitely the type to cry at this novel LOL although I do agree, Allie should not have cheated despite the circumstances of her and Noah being soulmates if they were meant to be like they were then she should have trusted and waited until she’d told her current partner her feelings and then set him free instead of cheating on him! Thats way more respectful of him if she let him know before at the end of the day! Bless him! I’m not sure I would be in a rush to read this book, maybe if I hadn’t already seen the film as like you say it sounds like an easy relaxed read! But since I’ve seen the film I don’t feel the need to read the book! I enjoyed your review 🙂

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Lol awh cry away! Indulge yourself in these novels 😁
      Yeah thank you! Exactly!! So weird how their actions are justified 😒
      Yeah it’s just an easy read you could easily get through it in a few days.
      Thanks doll! These reviews are pretty new to my blog so hopefully people like them haha

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  3. Hunida says:

    Lol I never read the book but man do I love the movie. Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams are both so dreamy. I agree that she should have broken up with Lon right away but I also see how she was torn & couldn’t decide. I think Noah’s “flaw” was supposed to be his poorness. Lon was super wealthy & just what her parents wanted. Noah was broke & what she wanted. I must say, I don’t think the movie made me actually cry either though. I just love love love the ending & the whole notebook thing. ♡♡♡

    Anyways, great review, Rossy! Lovely reading your thoughts. Looking forward to more!!

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      I love them too I think they’re great actors. Hmm interesting, perhaps, but I don’t see much of a flaw in being poor. Lol. But yeah, her parents were a little messed up too but at least her mother came around.


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