Before reading this I would like you to know a movie for this book comes out at the beginning of February. I will try not to give too much away in this review. I will try. I choose to read books before the movies because I like to get the full picture since its impossible and I’m sure quite costly to depict the movie exactly as book.
*THE Oprah Winfrey said, you know a book is a good book when the first few sentences captures your attention or something along those lines, so that is how I will begin this book review. Because what Oprah says, is what I will do*
First few sentences
Stories are as unique as the people who tell them and the best stories are those in which the ending is a surprise. At least, that’s what Travis Parker recalled his Dad telling him when he was a child. Travis remembered the way his Dad would sit on the bed beside him, his mouth curling into a smile as Travis begged for a story. “what kind of story do you want?” his dad would ask. “The best one ever” Travis would answer.
Nicholas Sparks, as he is most known for, set the story in the Southern part of the USA, North Carolina to specific, in a small town called Beaufort. Gabby who was not from this small town relocated to be with the man she loved, only to find a new love, thus the beginning of one of the many choices she’d have to make.To choose Kevin, the man she’d loved for a long time or Travis, the man she fell in love with in one weekend. Her choice made, she continued to live her life till years later, circumstances threatened to separate her from the man she chose and loved.
When I began reading the book, I thought it was really slow and dull because Nicholas Sparks really wanted his readers to get to know the characters and the small town by divulging too much about their past lives and personalities. As the story went on, I realized the importance of all the background “stuff.” Besides the slow beginning, this book is a page turner. Once I was deep in it, I couldn’t put it down, I’m sure I could have finished it in one day but due to other obligations, I finished it in 3 days. All this to say, it isn’t boring. Gabby’s choices were tough ones and the man she picked had THE toughest choice to make in the whole entire story in my opinion. This book was so intense, had me all in “my feelings” I laughed and cried mostly cried with the characters and I just fell in love with love. The ending was not predictable in my opinion because what I thought was going to happen was far from what actually happened. I’m so glad I purchased the book and I cannot wait to catch the movie when it hit theaters.
“but I’m different now than I was then. Just like I was different at the end of the trip than I’d been at the beginning. And I’ll be different tomorrow than I am today.”
“this place, with you by my side, is where I’ll always want to be.”
“… true love exists. And that even the darkest hours can’t take that away.”
” guilt was the cornerstone of any good marriage. It meant that a conscience was at work, values were held in high esteem and reasons to feel guilty were best avoided whenever possible.”