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45 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

The Notebook

The most beautiful love story ever. Soul mates truly finding one another and their profound connection drawing them to one another in spite of time and distance. The love Noah has for her is so powerful and so precious that it should inspire everyone to toss those stupi...
The most beautiful love story ever. Soul mates truly finding one another and their profound connection drawing them to one another in spite of time and distance. The love Noah has for her is so powerful and so precious that it should inspire everyone to toss those stupid books that claim men are dogs. Their hearts are as big as women's and here is the story to show just how much alike we are! This story is so wonderful even if it is somewhat tragic. The true epitome of what real love is all about...for better and for worse...for always.

posted by Angelheart444 on February 10, 2009

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25 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

Okkkaaaaayyyyy.... you should read this 1st just buy the book!

DO NOT GET THE SAMPLE UNLESS YOU JUST LIKE WASTING YOUR TIME READING HOW THIS BOOK IS A WORK OF FICTION THEN SEEING.... "[End of Sample]"

posted by Anonymous on January 27, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2009

    An Inspiration of True Love

    The Notebook is a story that shows that men's hearts are as big as women's. It shows tht opposites attract and love stories can end well, no matter what happens inbetween. noah calhoun and Allie neson meet at a fair in the 1930's during the "Summer of Love". Noah is just a teenage boy who works at a lumber yard. Allie comes from money her dad is said to have "more money then god". They fall in love but when she moves from her summer house hearts are broken. 14 years later they meet again. With a few twist it ends with tears and smiles.

    I thought this book was excellent and I really couldn't put it down. After I read this book and many other wonderful books by Nicholas Sparks I just wish I could be the one in his next book. When I saw the movie after I read the book, I was happy that it is relative to the book. I would say the book is better.

    It is a book that I would recommend to anyone that likes any of Spark's book or a romance novel reader. With Allie and Noah in this story it will make you fall in love.

    27 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

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    better than the movie

    This book is a book that pretty much created its own romance category if only people would stop watching the movie and start reading the book. The book capture's so much more of the characters and the pain they suffered trying to move on from the love they once shared. However, the timelessness of fate and romance makes it such a classic for love. The ending is what really sets this book apart because in most romance novels the book ends with the characters living happily ever after or together but Nickolas sparks goes beyond this.(Spoiler alert: if you don't want to know the end do not read beyond this point) He shows the character old and gives them such a touching and heart wrenching life as the wife has Alzheimers and then the end of the book is what every couple in love could ever hope for going out together. Sorry to be a story spoiler this is the best way to review how such an amazing book this is.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2008

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    A FANTASTIC READ!

    Nicholas Sparks is a great writer and has made another great book. I found the book, easy to get in to and didn't have a hard time picking up on the characters at all. He also makes the pace a bit slower, just as a mature love would be and how older characters interact.<BR/>He also, gives us two points of view in one chapter, one paragraph, something unique but can often confuse. I didn't enjoy the concept but he did it quite well. When you are seeing and feeling what one character is feeling, you suddenly in the other character's head.<BR/>My only other faults with the books were the sequence with Allie's fiancée. He seemed to just read minds for a moment or two there and just knew his lady was going cheating on him. This is a distraction. You think he will show up, cause a scene, yet in the end, he is a tool, for her choice.<BR/>Sill, a very good read.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    I see how it is...

    There is no sample it does not give you pages of the real book if you check it out you will know what i am talking about

    Buttttttttttt i have to say it was a pretty good book
    Good job

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    This touching story begins with the main character Noah Calhoun

    This touching story begins with the main character Noah Calhoun narrating his story about the amazing miracle that occurs when one experiences real love and the hardships that come with loving someone with dementia.  Nicholas Sparks captures the very essence of this heartbreaking disease by taking us back to the coastal part of North Carolina after World War II. Noah is troubled by thoughts of the girl he once lost ten years earlier. The bubbly and beautiful Allie Nelson is a socialite that visits North Carolina during the summer and eventually falls in love with Noah who is an average Joe. Family conflicts and social status keep her from being with him and pushes her into an engagement with a wealthy lawyer. During her upcoming wedding she decides to go back to see Noah to relive what they once had. Eventually she breaks the engagement with the lawyer and ends up marrying Noah. This is where there real love story begins turning tragedy into triumph and where the power of love creates miracles beyond our imagination. During their separation Noah attempts to contact Allie by writing her a letter for everyday that they weren’t together. Her mother receives these letters and never gives them to Allie to read. For many years Allie thought that Noah had forgotten about her until she comes across an article about Noah and a house he had rebuilt from scratch. This is the house they always talked about living in after they got married. She decided to go see him and the house he had built. During her visit they reconnect and she has to make a decision about staying with him or getting married to Lon her fiancée. Her mother ends up going to Noah’s house and gives her all the letters that Noah had written years before, thus helping her make the decision to stay with him. Her fiancée also comes to see her and she breaks off the engagement. Eventually she and Noah get married. When she was diagnosed with Alzheimer, she began to write letters to him and family members. He was overwhelmed with all of them, but she told him that when the right time came, he would know what to do with them. He put them all in a notebook and it became their love story. He promises to read to her the stories when her memory begins to fail. Allie puts a plan in place, which included the selling of their home and a written will. She decides to live in a nursing home to make things easier for him because she knew the inevitable would come. After forty five years of marriage she cannot remember who he is. He decides to live in the nursing home just so that he can be close to her. Everyday he reads to her the same story and she asks him who he is. This exchange hurts him deeply, but everyday he remains optimistic that she will get back a glimpse of her memory and remember who he is. He is also old and fragile and ridden with rheumatoid arthritis. He has prostate cancer and his kidneys are beginning to fail, but besides all of his ailments his unfailing love keeps him alive for her. She is confused and frustrated most of the time because she has no idea what is happening to her. Most of her days are spent staring out the window, but when she does remember she says his name over and over and for him it is a gift from God. This is the miracle that he receives despite what the doctors have said. After getting another heart attack he is separated from Allie for a few days, when he returns he decides to visit her and is compelled to kiss her, even though he is afraid to startle her. The book ends with her awakening to his kiss and remembering who he is. She says how much she has missed him and he is grateful yet again for the miraculous gift he has been given. After reading the book I also watched the movie. The ending was different in that he eventually spends a night in her room and lays with her while her memory is still fresh. They reminisce about their lives together and hope that when it all ends they will die together. The next morning they are found together in her bed. They had passed away quietly, hands still held together from the night before.
                                 .
    Alzheimer's disease is a fatal, progressive and degenerative disease that destroys brain cells. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 64 per cent of all dementias in Canada. Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. Symptoms include having difficulty remembering things, making decisions and performing everyday activities. These changes can affect the way a person feels and acts. There is currently no way to stop the disease, but research is improving the way we provide care and will continue to search for a cure.  The elderly in this story are portrayed with love and compassion. The emphasis is on a chronic disease that afflicts the elderly and how it is dealt with. The characters were treated with love and respect. Nicholas Sparks truly engages the reader and gives you a real sense of what Alzheimer is and the hardships that the afflicted have to go through. 


    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    4 Stars

    A beautiful story of love and loss.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    The Notebook is a very EXCELLENT book. I have seen the movie, an

    The Notebook is a very EXCELLENT book. I have seen the movie, and both the movie and book are so fascinating. Sparks has that special ability in his words that make you always want to believe in love (or is it just me). This is a truly inspirational story, with magnificent details. It is somewhat tragic, with what happens with Allie, but it;'s true love..and a tradgedy.. Definitely worth the read, and would read the book/watch the movie all over again. so romantic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Captivating

    I could not put this book down. I only gave it 4 stars because I felt too sad at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Great story. Tear jearker.

    Very moving and touching. Romantic. Very disapointed by the ending though. B.M.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    When you hear ¿The Notebook¿, the first thing to come to mind is

    When you hear “The Notebook”, the first thing to come to mind is the movie with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. While yes, it is a great movie, few people think of the amazing book that it was based on. Obviously, it is a romance novel, and most people are turned off from it because of that, but it is actually a great book. The book, “The Notebook”, is a beautifully written story that is sure to make you cry. If you’re looking for a tragic and wonderful love story, this is definitely the book for you. Nicholas Sparks gets you attached to the characters by telling you about them, making you feel many things for them, such as pity, anger, and happiness. You find yourself rooting for rooting for the characters to figure things out and find happiness, and incapable of putting this page-turner down. He also picked a very unique and interesting way to have the story be told, with having it read to an old woman with Alzheimer’s (the woman being Allie. I don’t want to spoil the book too much more, because you really should read this for yourself, but what I will say is that there are many surprising and entertaining plot twists involved. Even if you have already seen the movie, you really should still check out the book, because, as previously stated, it is simply amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Dread Fiend

    Fear spaghetti.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    &faces &smileyface

    &half &whole &wing &wings

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    This touching story begins with the main ch






















    This touching story begins with the main character Noah Calhoun narrating his story about the amazing miracle that occurs when one experiences real love and the hardships that come with loving someone with dementia.  Nicholas Sparks captures the very essence of this heartbreaking disease by taking us back to the coastal part of North Carolina after World War II. Noah is troubled by thoughts of the girl he once lost ten years earlier. The bubbly and beautiful Allie Nelson is a socialite that visits North Carolina during the summer and eventually falls in love with Noah who is an average Joe. Family conflicts and social status keep her from being with him and pushes her into an engagement with a wealthy lawyer. During her upcoming wedding she decides to go back to see Noah to relive what they once had. Eventually she breaks the engagement with the lawyer and ends up marrying Noah. This is where there real love story begins turning tragedy into triumph and where the power of love creates miracles beyond our imagination. During their separation Noah attempts to contact Allie by writing her a letter for everyday that they weren’t together. Her mother receives these letters and never gives them to Allie to read. For many years Allie thought that Noah had forgotten about her until she comes across an article about Noah and a house he had rebuilt from scratch. This is the house they always talked about living in after they got married. She decided to go see him and the house he had built. During her visit they reconnect and she has to make a decision about staying with him or getting married to Lon her fiancée. Her mother ends up going to Noah’s house and gives her all the letters that Noah had written years before, thus helping her make the decision to stay with him. Her fiancée also comes to see her and she breaks off the engagement. Eventually she and Noah get married. When she was diagnosed with Alzheimer, she began to write letters to him and family members. He was overwhelmed with all of them, but she told him that when the right time came, he would know what to do with them. He put them all in a notebook and it became their love story. He promises to read to her the stories when her memory begins to fail. Allie puts a plan in place, which included the selling of their home and a written will. She decides to live in a nursing home to make things easier for him because she knew the inevitable would come. After forty five years of marriage she cannot remember who he is. He decides to live in the nursing home just so that he can be close to her. Everyday he reads to her the same story and she asks him who he is. This exchange hurts him deeply, but everyday he remains optimistic that she will get back a glimpse of her memory and remember who he is. He is also old and fragile and ridden with rheumatoid arthritis. He has prostate cancer and his kidneys are beginning to fail, but besides all of his ailments his unfailing love keeps him alive for her. She is confused and frustrated most of the time because she has no idea what is happening to her. Most of her days are spent staring out the window, but when she does remember she says his name over and over and for him it is a gift from God. This is the miracle that he receives despite what the doctors have said. After getting another heart attack he is separated from Allie for a few days, when he returns he decides to visit her and is compelled to kiss her, even though he is afraid to startle her. The book ends with her awakening to his kiss and remembering who he is. She says how much she has missed him and he is grateful yet again for the miraculous gift he has been given. After reading the book I also watched the movie. The ending was different in that he eventually spends a night in her room and lays with her while her memory is still fresh. They reminisce about their lives together and hope that when it all ends they will die together. The next morning they are found together in her bed. They had passed away quietly, hands still held together from the night before

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    The Notebook is a heart touching story about love. The tender m

    The Notebook is a heart touching story about love. The tender moments really move you. It’s a book like no other and is pretty much the description of love itself. This book takes place in present day as an 80 year old man tells a story in a journal to a lady who has Alzheimer’s. He’s telling her about a young could who meet over the summer but have to end their relationship when she moves away. When she moves back he tries to find her but she is now engaged to a lawyer. The elderly man is actually trying to jog her memory because he’s telling the story of their lives, but she has no idea. I thought this book was very good and I would recommend it to anyone who loves to read about romances. It’s like every girl’s fantasy to have a love life like the one between Noah and Allie has in the book. I didn’t think I would like this book at first but midway through the book I couldn’t put it down. There are so many loves stories out there but this is by far the best one I’ve read. It made me happy and sad and I was even a little jealous of how good their relationship was.My final thoughts on this beautiful love story are that no other story could compare. Soul mates truly finding one another and their amazing connection drawing them to one another in spite of time and distance, it’s just so interesting to read. Anyone who likes these kinds of stories would defiantly like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Karley Rae

    Wow i thknk this book is so much more descriptive than the book....those who disagree are CRAZY!!!! But i aint hatin....(:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Kitkat101

    I watched the movie but has never read the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Chelchels notebook at res 4

    :) res 4

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  • Posted December 7, 2012

    awsome 

    awsome 

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    This book is absolutely incredible. It has such dramatic feeling

    This book is absolutely incredible. It has such dramatic feelings and emotion to it. If you want to sit at home, and enjoy a great book, this is the right one! Its theme is very good and something you can learn from. Also if you want to read a book for english, this one is very fun and exciting, leaving you to want to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Movie

    I seen the movie for this and it was great. If the book is anything like the movie then it will be amazing. Plus books r always better thatn the movies.

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