Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Star Rating : 3 out of 5

Content Rating : MILD

Back Cover :
"Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life - boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?"

My Thoughts :
This is a quick read, a good BEACH READ. I liked this book; but, it is not his best one. It was predictable, as Nicholas Sparks’ books tend to be. However, predictable makes it a good relaxing read. Sometimes you just want a light read, nothing overly complicated or suspenseful. Again it’s Nicholas Sparks…so it’s a little bit of a tearjerker. This book will appeal to teen reader also.  

I gave this a book a MILD rating. There is no strong language or violence. Sexual activity is insinuated, but is not shown or described.

     What I liked :
  • The Content – It’s nice to pick up a romantic book and not have to worry about the content being overly sexual.
  • A Fast Read – Every now and then you just want a quick diversion that does not take much thought.

     What I didn’t like :
  • Predictable – You know the ending before you even pick up the book, simply because it is a Nicholas Sparks book.
  • Editing issues – The weekend Gabby spends with Travis seems to have an extra day in there somewhere. The time table does not quite work. Another thing I disliked was the transition between the first half of the book and the last half. It feels like so much of the story is left out; and almost like we pick up with different characters. Also, the Epilogue should have just been the final chapter. To me it is not an epilogue; it is a continuation of the story, not a final comment.
Note from the Author :
“The Notebook.  Millions of people loved the novel.  Millions of people loved the film.  With Cliffs Notes coming out on the novel in 2009, a case can even be made that it’s become something of a modern classic.  Nowadays, I’m fairly certain that when people look back on my career,The Notebook will always be first in the list of work for which I am most known.  This doesn’t bother me at all, by the way.  I’m proud of that novel for many different reasons, but that doesn’t mean that I fully accept the fact that I’ll never write a novel that becomes even more well-known.
Still, there was something magical about the story, and after finishing Dear John, I set out with the hopes of capturing at least a bit of that magic once more, if only to show that I hadn’t forgotten why people began to read my novels in the first place. 
The Choice was the product of those efforts.”
Review by Shayna Hinshaw

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