Thursday, December 21, 2006

Book #50 - The Notebook

by Nicholas Sparks

Noah 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.

I wanted something quick and easy to read after About Grace, and this certainly fit the bill. The love story was moving at times, but overall it felt rather contrived, as if I’d been manipulated to have a certain emotional response to the story. (I don't mind a good love story, but I have a low tolerance for sappy). The writing was nothing special, and I didn’t care for the ending. All in all, a rather mediocre read.

My Rating: 2.5/5


  1. I also just finished reading The Notebook and had very similar thoughts. Quick, light and easy read but nothing satisfying or fulfilling and I hated the ending and didn't understand the point of ending the book that way.

    ps. I'm a lurker who usually reads your great blog. Hi.

  2. They say that if you run Nicholas Sparks through a reading level test, he only writes at a young reading level. He is just my "lets not think" choice. I have three of us books left to read, and then I will have read them all.

  3. Lucy, yay! Always nice to 'meet' a lurker! :) Will check out your blog when I get a minute.

    Kailana, I can believe it about the simple language. I'm not sure I'll bother with anymore of his books. They would probably have to be free and cross my path when I really need some brain candy to tempt me.

  4. I had heard good things bout this book before now! Interesting. Wasn't there a movie too?

  5. Heather, lots of the reviewers at Amazon said they preferred the movie as it fleshed out the characters more and had a better ending.

  6. I felt the same way about this book as you, Nat. I simply don't care for Sparks' writing. Too simplistic and sappy. He's on my "never bother with again" list, along with Richard Paul Evans. I did, however, enjoy James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. Have you read it?

    You know, the more literary works I read, the less I enjoy "fluff." I gave up on John Grisham several years ago. His writing is so simplistic, I felt it was written at a junior high level. Bored me to tears, in spite of the legal drama.

  7. Les, I haven't read anything by James Patterson, mystery or otherwise. I'll add it to my list for when I'm in the mood for a love story.

    Sometimes I can forgive simple language if the plot is fun. Like The Da Vinci Code, for instance. But I know what you mean. I have a Grisham or 2 around somewhere that I got ages ago and have no idea when/if I'll ever get to them now.

  8. BTW, the movie of The Notebook was on tv last night and I caught the second half of it. Cheesy, sappy, you name it! Blech!


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