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Okkkaaaaayyyyy.... you should read this 1st just buy the book!
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Posted November 11, 2010
A Story about Love and Hope
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is a story about two teenagers from opposite sides of the track who meet one fateful summer and fall in love for a lifetime. This novel was engaging and steady paced. I was able to read it in one sitting as I was drawn into the lives of Noah and Allie. Nicholas Sparks has created a poignant story about two people who try to recapture the love they once shared despite the passage of time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Noah Calhoun is a simple boy with simple dreams. He loves poetry, his life in a small town, and a girl that was never meant to be his. Allie Nelson is accustomed to a life of riches and luxury, but she desires much more for herself. She loves art, music and spending time with a boy her parents do not approve of. As they explore their love for one another during their summer together, they realize that theirs is a love meant to last a lifetime. However, circumstances pull them apart for over 14 years and they are faced with trying to find a way to get back what they once had.
I enjoyed the story, but I feel the author could have spent a little more time telling the readers about Noah and Allie's reunion and a little more of what they went through to make a life for themselves. It was interesting to experience this story through the eyes of Noah as he enters the last chapters of his life.
Compare Book to the Movie
I've never seen the movie nor read the book, so it was enjoyable to do both back to back. After finishing the book in one sitting, I watched the DVD and was immediately able to compare the differences between the two. I feel the book was well written and the movie did a great job of bringing the main events to screen.
One of the differences I noticed was the encounter between Allie and Martha. Martha was a love interest of Noah that never fully developed because he could not bring himself to move on. In the book, Martha leaves Noah well before Allie comes back into Noah's life. In the book, they break up after Noah and Allie spend the night together, so obviously the timing was off, but it still worked well.
Another difference I noticed was the way the movie depicted Noah and Allie's relationship as somewhat volatile. They fought and told each other on several occasions that they hated each other, when that never happened in the book. In the book, their love was perfect and steady. In the movie they fought quite a bit and their breakup in the movie was disheartening, which didn't happen that way in the book. So there were differences in their character development between both.
The main difference between the book and the movie was the ending. As that would be a big spoiler for this review, I will not provide a detailed account, but let's just say I felt the ending in the movie was more appropriate for this storyline.
Overall, I enjoyed both the movie and the book and I'm glad I chose this for my reading challenge.
Posted November 1, 2009
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A Love Story
This was your average love story. I thought the writing was nice, but it never really grabbed me. There was nothing really wrong with it, but it just didn't have that factor that makes a book irrestible. I, however, loved the movie and prefer it over this book. The movie was much more grabby and fun.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I watched the movie and thought it was awesome! But the book is nothing like the book--you can tell it was written by a man--it reads like a porno!
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Posted March 14, 2009
a rare occasion when the movie is better thn the book
the title says it all... the book isn't bad but it isn't good either. if i could go back in time i wouldn't read it it's three hours i'll never get back.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2008
The Biggest Decision
This romance novel is about Noah and Allie. Allie and Noah fell in love when they were only fifteen, but they couldn¿t love each other. Allie was rich and her family didn¿t want her to marry anyone that would be unsuccessful. Noah was poor and even though he was romantic and a poet, he is not considered to be considered successful. When Allie went back to her home town, she fell in love with Lon. Lon is a big lawyer that was considered very successful. But just a couple weeks before the wedding, Allie went to visit Noah just one more time. When Allie arrives, the two really hit it off. It only took a couple of days to realize that they fell in love again. But now Allie has the biggest decision of her life. Will she choose Lon or Noah? I really liked this book. However, I felt that I was too young for this book. There were some parts that I would not suggest younger person to read. I also didn¿t like how the book kept switching points of view. It was annoying. However, I did like the ending. The ending really made me stay and read the book. This book was fun to read. If you enjoy reading romance novels, this is the book for you. The author, Nicholas Sparks writes many other books as well. I can¿t compare this book to any other book I have read because I have never taken the time to read a book like this except for now. This book was made into a movie. It is very different from the movie. The movie sort of reminds me of the movie Titanic. This was a very good book and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2007
Sweet, but not much to it.
I'll have to break from the norm here and say that I really didn't like this book that much. It was ok, and the ending was sweet. But the book spends far too much time building up to when Allie and Noah finally sleep together. I thought the deeper message of love and commitment was a bit overshadowed by a rather smutty few chapters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2007
I was disappointed
My First Nicholas Sparks book was The Wedding and after being amazed how much I liked it, I decided to read this book, but I was disappointed. With all the hype about it, I was sure it would be great, but after reading it and other Nicholas Sparks books after I have to say this is not his best. Maybe because I saw the movie first and found out it wasn't like the movie or whatever, but I must say he has better books. I would still recommend it to read, but try other titles such as: Dear John, At First Sight, The Rescue, The WeddingWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2006
romance...but nothing exceptional
I don't normally read romance, but I was sick so I read this book. It's pretty good, but it didn't make me cry or anything. And I have a question: really, what is the point of reading a book simply about two people? Maybe I just didn't see the lessons, if there were any...I found this book interesting and engaging but fairly pointless. *yawn*Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2005
Most certainly an ironic love story
the notebook, honestly was an ironic sort of book. after i read it, true, i cried a couple of tears, but it made me annoyed when i read how ally became oblivious to noah due to her illness. yes, it touched me, how every so often, she'd remember noah, then a few moments later, she'd once more see a stranger to what was her love. they had a sweet love story, i'll say that, it just make's me furious to know that their story ended tragically sad.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2005
This was the best book I have ever read. It really touched my heart & most love stories in movies/books do not do that. I cried during this time I jumped into this loving story. I recommend this to anyone who has a sense for romance & goes weak for it (hopeless romantics)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2005
See the movie
Read the book 2 years before the movie came out -- I didn't care at ALL for the book, but the film is my very favorite movie. I recommend to see the movie rather than read the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2004
Alzheimer A Destroyer of Paradise
Noah and Allie meet after fourteen years apart and falls in love again. She breaks off her engagement to a successful lawyer and together they declared their vows. For forty five years they had an idyllic marriage blessed with five children. Their love grew every second of the day, every hour of the hour. They managed to pull through tragedies such as losing one son and a bout with cancer. But it was Alzheimer that disrupted their paradise. For slowly, Allie will lose all memory of Noah, and the love they shared. The Notebook is a story of love and commitment, of for better or for worse, of respecting the sanctity of marriage. It brings your faith back in mankind and celebrates unquestioning love. The compassionate education of the intricacies of love and the dismay of a devastating disease leaves an unforgettable impression. But the book has the WORST dialogue ¿ `¿ You are special.¿¿ `¿ I know.¿¿ It is also riddled with clichés and fake characters. And lines such as `¿ She looked so beautiful¿¿¿ `¿ He looked so handsome¿¿ left much to be desired. The book¿s attempt at trying to evoke emotions from its readers were a tad too much. Allie was unlikable. She was too self involved, inconsiderate and thought too highly of herself. Noah probably had more substance but he could still be considered a sap. Descriptions were too florid. Certainly not an intellectually filling novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2004
Posted July 27, 2004
A decent read
Call me crazy, but I liked the movie more than the book, because the characters were 10 times more believable and it actually held my attention. I'm not saying that this book was bad or anything but...it was lacking something. I was bored by the descriptions the author gave; it was a slow read. I'm not one of these people who truly appreciates highly emotional books. If you're looking for a nice, romantic read, by all means read The Notebook.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 15, 2004
Not bad, not the best...
I love to read, but there's a good reason that I don't read romance novels that often. I find them overly fluffy and cheesy, and while they try to portray love as this undying, beautiful thing (which it is), they overdo it by making it seem...predictable, cheesy, and completely unrealistic. Like I said--I don't normally read romance. I picked up this title because it was recommended by a friend, and I plan on reviewing the film based on it (coming out June 25th, 2004), and wanted a good basis going in. This book was less than I what I expected, however, kind of just drawing charicatures for its characters, and none of the people seemed very 'real' to me until you get into the nursing home in the last half. I knew how the book was going to end with an inkling at the VERY beginning, and knew for sure half way through. There were no surprises, and I felt like the two characters (Noah and Allie) rekindled their love over nothing. We're continuously told about this 'great love' they shared over the summer, but never really given a good, hard description of what happened to them to make them fall in love. I felt like the characters fell in love simply because Nick Sparks wanted them to, and not because they were actually meant to. Just...I enjoyed the last half of the book more than the first half...but still, I wasn't VERY satisfied. I could deal with the story, I enjoyed it, but it was't my favorite. I'd recommend that people read it before they see the movie (I think the movie will be better, actually--it looks like they're actually going to develop the love story that the book neglects), but otherwise...it's not a really 'unique' book until the very end when you find out what the love eventually does for Noah and Allie in the winter of their lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2003
I thought the book was okay but not great. I felt that the book went by too fast and that there wasnt really any substance. It was very predictable and did not leave anything to the imagination. However, one good thing about the book is that it leaves the reader with a sense of wanting the strong love that is clearly present in the story. Something to aim for for lack of a better phrase. Other than that, It was very general. I guess I had to high of an expectation and set myself up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.