The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Format: Paperback
Pages: 187
Published: November 1st 2007
Publisher: Sphere
Genre: Romance

North Carolina, October 1946. Noah Calhoun has recently returned from war: he tries to forget the horrors he has seen and experienced by restoring an old plantation home. But though his days are spent working, his nights too often give way to dreams of his past.

Fourteen years ago, Noah fell in Love with a girl, and he is still haunted by her memory but convinced he will never find her again. But when the past slips into the present, Noah realises his ghosts are never far away.

My friend loaned me her copy of this book and I was excited to read it. Having being totally in love with movie. I had real high hope. However, I was slightly disappointed.

The Notebook is a love story about a man and woman who after fourteen years apart are reunited and fall in love all over again. Seems like a great premise for a love story. However, it just doesn't come across as believable. The characters lacked the passion that you would expected from this love story. Noah, comes over a bit simple, still pined after a girl spent a few weeks with when he was boy. Allie, just came across are very selfish, leaving her fiance just two weeks before her wedding to go visit Noah. I just didn't seem believable to me.

Nicholas Sparks has a world wide fan based. Honestly I don't understand why. He goes into far too much details about the smallest and more boring thing. Making me quiet a few times really fall asleep.

However, I pushed through the book and it wasn't till near enough the end that I began to like it and I was a bubbling mess. And I mean proper snot tears. I had to stop reading a few times because I couldn't even see from tears. So by the end I did like the story and now I am looking forward to reading more of Sparks work.

Rate: 3/5



  1. I loved this book, but I read it before I watched the film. I think it's a lovely story but maybe one that I do like the film ever so slightly more.

  2. I also loved this book and read it before I watched the movie(which I also loved). Nicholas Sparks books go along with his movies pretty well. I loved Message in a Bottle and A Walk to Remember. Both great books and movies. Do read the book before the movie with this author, you will not be disappointed.


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