Book Review: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

the-notebook Hey everyone!

Yesterday I’ve finally finished “The notebook” by Nicholas Sparks, here’s my review:

First of all, let me just say that I’ve seen the movie a while ago and I really liked it. I know a lot of people say this is a classic girl movie but I disagree. Yes, of course, it’s a romantic movie, probably one of the most romantic movies ever but what I liked about it was that the love story wasn’t the usual cheesy love story, without any depth. It’s this sort of universal love story, just two young kids that fall in love, real love, unattached and pure and it’s beautiful to watch. Of course like any love story there are adversities and obstacles, but in the end, you just want them to finally end up together.

The book is very similar to the movie, almost identical. The scenes are the same and so is the storyline. The main difference is that a large part of the book is about the two days when Allie and Noah meet again after all the years they’ve been apart. Like that is the center of the book. In the movie, while it’s still an essential part is not the whole thing.

Well as I said I liked the story from the movie so I liked it even more from the book. There were a lot of nice quotes and it was nice to learn more about the characters and what they were thinking, which obviously only the book can explain. So for me reading the book brought even a broader picture to the story and I really enjoyed that.

As for the two main characters, I mean I liked Noah from the movie but the book version is even more sweet and lovable, he’s just an angel. On the other hand, I still liked Allie but I didn’t really like the book version of her, I think because it was a result of a man trying to describe a female perspective and I don’t think he got it quite right, not everybody can do it I guess.

There are a lot of good quotes in this book, but I’ve narrowed it down to two:

Favorite quote N.1:

You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have. I love you, more than you can ever imagine. I always have, and I always will. – Nicholas Sparks

Favorite quote N.2:

The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls were connected. Maybe they always have and will be. Maybe we’ve lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them, we’ve found each other. And maybe each time, we’ve been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come. When I look at you, I see your charm and your gentleness and know they have grown stronger with every life you have lived. And I know I have spent every life before this one searching for you. Not someone like you, but you, for your soul and mine must always come together. And then, for some reason neither of us understands we were forced to say goodbye. I would love to tell you that everything will work out for us, and I promise to do all I can to make sure it does. But if we never meet again and this is truly goodbye, I know we will see each other again in another life. We will find each other again and maybe the stars will have changed, and we will not only love each other in that time but for all the times we had before. – Nicholas Sparks

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So that’s my review for you, let me know in the comments your thoughts about the book or the movie, and if you have suggestions about other books from Nicholas Sparks that I might like since this was the first one I’ve read.

Right now I’m reading “Norse Mythology” by my favorite author: Neil Gaiman. I started right after I’ve finished “The Notebook” and I’m loving it so far, expect a review in the next few days.