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The Notebook Mass Market Paperback – June 24, 2014
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In 1932, two North Carolina teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love. Spending one idyllic summer together in the small town of New Bern, Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson do not meet again for 14 years. Noah has returned from WWII to restore the house of his dreams, having inherited a large sum of money. Allie, programmed by family and the "caste system of the South" to marry an ambitious, prosperous man, has become engaged to powerful attorney Lon Hammond. When she reads a newspaper story about Noah's restoration project, she shows up on his porch step, re-entering his life for two days. Will Allie leave Lon for Noah? The book's slim dimensions and cliche-ridden prose will make comparisons to The Bridges of Madison County inevitable. What renders Sparks's (Wokini: A Lakota Journey of Happiness and Self-Understanding) sentimental story somewhat distinctive are two chapters, which take place in a nursing home in the '90s, that frame the central story. The first sets the stage for the reading of the eponymous notebook, while the later one takes the characters into the land beyond happily ever after, a future rarely examined in books of this nature. Early on, Noah claims that theirs may be either a tragedy or a love story, depending on the perspective. Ultimately, the judgment is up to readers?be they cynics or romantics. For the latter, this will be a weeper. Major ad/promo; first serial to Good Housekeeping; movie rights to New Line Cinema; Warner Audio; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Oh! I did want to say! I love how this book was realistic enough to realize people needed showers. Wasn't it gross in Harry Potter how you followed them all day for months and they never bathed? Both characters bathed a reasonable amount of times, and it just made the book that much more enjoyable.
The Notebook deserves three stars because honestly, I expected more. It was the most contrived piece of literature I've ever laid eyes upon and as idealistic as can bee, but it possessed this strange addictive quality that sucked you in regardless of your intentions. The fairytale vibe was reminiscent of Taylor Swift, and I can definitely see the appeal it has for the people who half-believe this could actually happen, but man could it get anymore sugar-coated? Depsite all of this, the uncanny desire to keep you reading in addition to my curiosity behind all of the hype is really what made The Notebook worthwhile.
If your in need of a good romance & a good read this would be one of the books recommend!
I first read a Nicholas Sparks book I found by chance at a bookstore (The Choice). I enjoyed it so much I decided to read his earlier books. Although I knew this one had been made into a movie, I had never seen it.
I don't generally go for romance, but he has such a way of drawing you in and making it real. I felt Noah's profound love for Allie, and I hurt for his heartache. I cried so many times during the book!
Sometimes it gets a little sappy, but I wanted so badly for things to work out and for everyone to live happily ever after, that I didn't mind a little sappiness.
At the end of the book there were pictures from the movie, but I didn't look through them. Of course, by the time I knew what they were, I couldn't unsee what I had already seen, but I didn't look further and tried to forget them. I had my own visions of Noah and Allie, and I wanted to keep them in my mind. I didn't want them replaced by actors.