Thursday, August 20, 2009

-Review: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The Notebook is an epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to an older, invalid woman whom he regularly visits. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths. Though her memory has faded, his words give her the chance to relive her turbulent youth and the unforgettable love they shared.

As teenagers, Allie and Noah begin a whirlwind courtship that soon blossoms into tender intimacy. The young couple is quickly separated by Allie's upper-class parents who insist that Noah isn't right for her. Several years pass, and, when they meet again, their passion is rekindled, forcing Allie to choose between her soul mate and class order.

Well it's not very often I end up liking a movie more than the book, but this is one of those situations.

The Notebook was a great book, no doubt, but I wish it would have went more in-depth into Noah & Allie's past (the summer that they met). That is one reason I like the movie more: you actually get to see what happened that summer and how it came about that they fell so in love & remained that way for the rest of their lives. The book just BARELY skimmed over the details of their first summer & mostly focused on the later years, when they meet back up, & their old-age years.

It did make me cry, just like the movie, though ;]

 - Romance novels aren't really my thing. I guess I just prefer watching sappy movies to reading sappy books. *chuckle* However it did keep me interested throughout, for the most part..


Eleni said...

Interesting review, I've seen the movie which I loved, but never read the book, but honestly I don't think I ever will :]


Susan said...

I read this one earlier this year are really liked it. It has been my only Nicholas Sparks book so far, but I'll probably pick up others in the future. It was really good!