The Notebook – Book Review

The NotebookThe Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I consider myself to be fairly romantic. I enjoy a good chick flick, and a sweet love story will make me cry. This book, however, was sickeningly sweet. Not only did the Noah not have a flaw (handsome, loner, woodsy, poet, devoted, independently wealthy… need I go on?), but he waited for a decade for the love of his life to make her way back to him. This book is unrealistic to the point of absurdity. Books like this upset me because the belittle the everyday romances that are in the world. They may not be lovemaking four times per day by a fireplace, or canoeing to a secluded bird-filled lagoon, but they’re beautiful nonetheless. The only redeeming characteristic of this book was the interaction between the elderly couple as Allie battles Alzheimer’s disease.

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