Book Review: The Notebook

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook Cover

My Rating: ***** 5 out of 5 Stars

Why Did I Read?

I first read this book several years ago, and I loved it then!  I just decided to read it again because I was looking for a quick, easy, light read.  I don’t read many novels nowadays, but lately I’ve been reading a lot of self-help and inspirational books so I was in the mood for a little change.  I didn’t remember much of the book from the first time I read it, but I would have to say I probably loved it just as much this time!

Summary

From the back of the book: Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story-it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again… At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle…

What Did I Think/My Recommendation

A perfect love story!!  Noah and Allie have a love that many people could only dream of.  While I was reading, I realized that the reason I enjoyed the book so much is because it reinforced to me the importance of presence.  We know that presence is important in our lives, but it’s not always so easy to do in this busy world where we are always planning what is next and not stopping enough to enjoy the moment.  Noah and Allie knew how to stop, enjoy the moment, and appreciate nature and all the blessings surrounding them.

I also like the way creativity and living a simple life are valued in this book.  Money and work are not everything…sometimes putting too much focus on them can cause you to lose what is really important in life, as some of the characters in this book found out.  In the end, love always wins!

This was a very quick and easy read, and I loved that.  I love books that make me cry, and this one did…several times.  If you enjoy reading love stories and books that pull at your heartstrings, I definitely recommend this book.  I have not yet seen the movie, but I’m planning to do that very soon.

Update 3/3/15 – I just watched the movie last night, and I loved it just as much as the book!  If you like tearjerkers, I highly recommend it! 🙂

A few of my favorite quotes from the book:

“I am a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”

“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking.”

For additional reviews or more information about The Notebook or author Nicholas Sparks, check it out on Goodreads.

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