Sunday, September 20

Book Review: The Notebook

Title: The Notebook

Author: Nicolas Sparks

Pages: 239

Summary: A story in an old notebook is read to an elderly woman by a sad stranger. It is the story of Noah and Allie, who fell in love but were kept apart for many years. As the stranger reads, it becomes clear that he is engaged in a desperate struggle to reach the woman who no longer remembers her past.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I’ve heard a lot about this book, because of the movie. So many people talked about how amazing the movie was. I have watched parts of the movie, and thought it was alright, very sad, but alright. And I feel the same way about the book,, a little sad, but a good book. Nicolas Sparks is a good author, in that the heart and soul of his characters are shown on the pages (to watch Noah try to recapture Allie’s memory is heartbreaking). It’s very sad to read, as Noah hopes his wife may remember some piece of him. Great job on the author’s part here, I think he captured the emotional response of those who have a family member with Alzheimer's very well, it’s a sad thing for anyone to have to go through or watch, but you can really feel the pain Noah does when he’s talking about his wife.

Issues I have with the book are, you don’t really see how this love develops. You find out they are madly in love, you find out that they got married, lived a happy life and now they’re in a retirement home. But you don’t get to see how the love developed (although you do in the movie). But in the book, it can be a little unconvincing that the couple are so in love, because you really don’t get to dig deep into their relationship and see that love. The book would have been better if you could see how the romance played out in more in-depth explanation.

For the most part it was a good read, but it’s more of a rainy day read the anything else. I think I will check out more of the author’s work, just so I can get a better hold on what his writing is like, but overall not a bad read.

Would I recommend it to read: The book wasn’t impressive as I thought it would be. If you like romance books, I think you might enjoy the book. But it’s not a book big on my recommendation list.

What to read next: PS, I Love You, The Time Traveller's Wife

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, Chick Lit Challenge


  1. I really found this book very distasteful. Bad writing, very silly plot, and that end? Like everything leads back to sex? Ugh.

  2. I haven't read this book, but I've heard a lot about it and watched the movie. I'm not sure if I would like the book, and based on the fact that there wasn't a lot of relationship development I am a little wary of it. I might try another one of his books though, in the interest of finding out what all the fuss is about.

  3. I liked this book, but I liked the movie more. You don't read Nicholas Sparks if you're looking for great literature. I thought it was entertaining, a nice light read.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  4. Anna I agree, from what I saw of the movie, it was a lot better, and the ending by far was better.

    Zibilee - I want to read more of his books, soon too, see if he's as good as the hype around him is.