Review: The Notebook

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

2 stars

Read from 18 – 19 June, 2020

Synopsis: Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned form the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.

Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever.

Bookish Things: 256 pages. The cover is quite average but not the worst I’ve seen.

Where to buy: Any good bookstore or Amazon on kindle for $11.99.

My Review: 

I normally do things the other way, the book first then the movie, but with this one I saw the movie first and I fear it ruined the book.

I was bored reading this because I knew what was going to happen and while the writing was easy to read, it wasn’t beautiful enough to enchant me.

For a story so emotion-laden I was surprised at the simple word choices and lack of flowery prose.

Did I enjoy the book, yes, but there was nothing new or surprising that meant I could fall into the story. The movie ruined the experience of reading the book for me.

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