Mar 17, 2013

The Notebook.

The Notebook.
Nicholas Sparks.
Publisher:Grand Central Publishing.
Publication Date:October 1,1996.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.



The Notebook was the second book I read by Nicholas Sparks, when I was 16 years old. It helped me through a tough time. It helped me escape. Though I prefer the movie bit more, I loved the book, I loved the fact that it was different, it felt like I was reading completely different story. The story felt inspirational to me. It felt real. If you are into romance, I would highly recommend The Notebook, you find yourself not wanting to put it down, till the end.

A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn't understand. Until he begins to read to her. The Notebook is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love, a story of miracles that will stay with you forever.
Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, 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.
Allie Nelson, twenty-nine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape.
Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just 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 fundamental changes that affect us all.

I read The Notebook multiple times since first time I picked it up, when I was sixteen. Every single time, I find myself getting into the story, unable to put it down even if I know what’s going to happen. How can anyone not love such romantic story? The Notebook wasn’t what I was expecting, since I saw the movie before reading the book. It took me by surprise, but in a good way. Though I do wish there were more scenes between them, when they just met, like there was in a movie. Despite that, I enjoyed the book, I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s one of the romantic stories that you can’t help but love. It’s unlike any other romance books out there; Nicholas Sparks has an unique writing style, one that everyone will fall in love with.

The descriptions and emotions were amazing. Usually books with lots of descriptions tend to get bit boring for me; this wasn’t case for this book. Actually it fit the book pretty well, it made the book look more realistic. The descriptions of what was going on got me easier to imagine of what was going on and be able to connect with both characters: Allie and Noah. I enjoyed reading from both Allie and Noah’s point of view, to get to know each of the characters. Both of their emotions were displayed perfectly, even if I didn’t know how they were feeling, I could imagine how they were feeling because of way their emotions were described.

Noah & Allie: How can you not root for them? For their relationship? That what I was doing all through the book, despite Allie being engaged. Even if I am against cheating, Allie and Noah belonged together. I could tell that they still love each other. Even if Allie tried to deny her feelings at first, I knew that there were still there; just by the way two of them looked at one another. It made me sad when Allie got sick and forgot Noah. But I thought it was sweet how Noah read to her every day, from the notebook, of their relationship. It made me happy when she did remember him. What Noah and Allie had, that was true love is. It actually reminded me a lot of my grandparents, that’s the kind of love two of them had before my grandfather passed away. Every single time, it reminds me of them.

This book was inspirational to me. It made me smile, it made me sad, frustrated but I loved every moment of it. I know it’s a book I am going love, no matter how many times I read it. Nicholas Sparks is an author I will always love. His books touch me, and I am looking forward to his new book in September.


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