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Book Review: The Notebook


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. An achingly tender story about the enduring power of love.


I went into reading this novel thinking it is a cliche. Very dramatic and too romance style for me because everything is exaggerated. Anything that is acclaimed to be so amazing usually tends to not be true.

With that in mind, The Notebook is a contemporary love story set in the period of Pre as well as the Post World War II. This novel revolves around Noah and Allie, Noah is reflecting upon his younger years where he had spent one summer with Allie. Of course the girl’s parents are against their daughter seeing Noah due to their social status (maybe I am just getting sick of hearing cliche stories like this). Noah writes so many letters to Allie, of course they aren’t going to be answered (spoiler: she of course will not have got them, there is always an obstacle in the way).

Fast forward, years pass and Noah and Allie are leading their own lives, without each other. After serving in war, Noah returns to his home town to restore his old house (definitely watch the movie here) and Allie sees an ad in the newspaper about him, after all these years so she decides to meet him again to catch up.

I, like majority of people have heard great things about Nicholas Sparks. Maybe it is just this novel however I could not get into this cliche and dramatic novel however I do appreciate the genre it is in and the time it was written in that is why I think from a neutral point of view this novel shows undying love, even if you are sceptical. It shows the attraction, the heat between these two people even after all the years that have passed. So in this sense the novel shows hope. Which we sometimes need reminding of. As this shows that happiness is possible even after so much negativity and the years apart that these two people had. Sparks has captured this with his writing style, by creating these hopeful characters to make the reader get lost in this world.

A quote I really enjoyed: “So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.”

Despite this rating I think The Notebook is worth a read. 3/5 stars.


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