Review: The Notebook — Nicholas Sparks

Read: 34
To Go: 66

Book List:
31. Solaris — Stanislaw Lem
32. The Waste Land, Prufrock, and Other Poems — T.S. Eliot
33. The Singles — Meredith Goldstein
34. The Notebook — Nicholas Sparks

“Top 50 38 Romantic Lines” read: 7/38


At 31, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At 29, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle.

Romantic quote: “I am a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.” (Sparks 2)

I’m off to work in about 20 minutes, so I’m going to make this review short and sweet. (Like me!)

The Notebook is practically legend among women — and even some men. The movie is one of those things that everyone has seen and cried at, and the book has a similarly high regard. So you could understand why I, the utmost romantic, went into this thinking that it would be pretty fabulous (especially since the movie included two sexy Canadians, and was a pretty lovely affair).

I was a little disappointed. On the romantic scale, this was kind of average, leaning toward bland. I noticed some changes between the book and the movie (including more drama), and I think they were made for the better because this was just kind of…commonplace, with a side helping of cheesy.

Although I’m not too proud to admit that I got a little emotional at Allie’s final love letter. It was the only one that wasn’t too hard to stomach, and actually contained what felt like genuine emotion.

I’m really not having much luck with this Stylist reading list. Regardless, big thanks to Abigale for lending this book to me! :]

Next book: Not sure yet! When I decide, you’ll all be the first to know.

– Kelsey


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