Book Review: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

After reading ‘A Walk To Remember’ by the author, I quickly jumped on this one because I really loved reading that book and suddenly had high expectations for this one.

This is a story about the power first love. Noah and Allie meet and fall in love one summer as teenagers but Allie’s parents don’t think Noah is good enough for their daughter considering their financial and social status so they ensure that Allie cuts all ties with Noah after that time. Fourteen years later, Allie is engaged to be married but something doesn’t sit right in her mind so she sets off on a journey back to the small town where Noah and herself fell in love. Noah is back in town after returning as a soldier at war in Europe and when Allie finds him, they both discover that much has not changed in the way they feel about each other. However, Allie is still engaged to one of the most eligible men in the state and is unsure if she should follow her heart or go ahead with her marriage.

This is a typical romance story about first love that stands the test of time. It was a quick read, well written and relatable but had no spark or surprises to it. Although I enjoyed listening to the audio book, it was rather too predictable for me. I would say it was just okay, nothing out of the ordinary and I am now skeptical about reading more books by the author. Nevertheless, I will try one more and let you guys know how that one goes.

Rating: 3 Stars

Published: January 5th 2000 by Grand Central Publishing

Pages: 227

Genre: Romance

The Author:

Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010), The Best of Me (2011), The Longest Ride (2013), See Me (2015), Two by Two (2016), Every Breath (2018) and The Return (2020) as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. His twenty-second novel, The Wish, was published on September 28, 2021.

Film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels, including The ChoiceThe Longest RideThe Best of MeSafe Haven (on all of which he served as a producer), The Lucky OneMessage in a BottleA Walk to Remember, The NotebookNights in RodantheDear John and The Last Song, have had a cumulative worldwide gross of over three-quarters of a billion dollars. The Notebook is also being adapted into a musical, featuring music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson.

Sparks lives in North Carolina. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. He co-founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina in 2006. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame) he also spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school. In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4×400 meter, in New York. The record still stands.

The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving cultural and international understanding through global education experiences for students of all ages was launched in 2011. Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of the Sparks family, more than $15 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects. Because the Sparks family covers all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.

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