If you’ve read our book review of The Notebook, then you know we have little to say on the topic. Of course the trend continued when it came to the movie review because The Notebook did nothing for us. Lucky for us, Nicholas Sparks is a sorcerer who foresaw our current predicament of being at a loss for words when it comes to leading this discussion because we loved none of the quotes from The Notebook, so this quotefest is sans The Notebook quotes. Instead, we present some of the discussion questions available from the anniversary edition of the novel.
When asked by her mother, Allie claims to love both Noah and Lon. Do you think it is possible to be in love with two people at the same time?
Father Knows Best
Gus tells Noah, “My daddy used to tell me ‘the first time you fall in love, it changes your life forever, and no matter how hard you try, the feelin’ never goes away. This girl you been tellin’ me about was your first love. And no matter what you do, she’ll stay with you forever.” Do you think this is true? Can you still remember your first love?
The Power of Words
The letters Noah and Allie write to each other, the poems they share, “The Notebook” Noah reads to Allie every day are all integral parts of The Notebook. What does this suggest about the power of the written word and why is this power an important part of the novel?
Hard to Say Goodbye
When Allie comes to see Noah three weeks before getting married, do you think she wanted to see him just to say good-bye? Was it right for Allie to make this visit? Would you change your answer if she were already married?
This Old House
The restored house Noah lives in plays an integral role in the novel. In fact, an article about the restoration is what draws Allie back to New Bern. What do you think the house represents?
Allie’s mother regrets having hid Noah’s letters to Allie for so many years. What do you think was Allie’s mother’s motivation for hiding the letters in the first place?
Love Wins in the End
Were you surprised to learn that Allie decided to marry Noah or did you always know they would be together?
My Endless Love
Noah and Allie’s love for each other at the end of the novel seems as powerful as it was in the beginning. Is it possible for the intensity of first love to last that long?
So……do you think the discussion questions are good substitutes for The Notebook quotes? Are you still with your first love? Have you ever been in love with two people at the same time? Have you hidden something from your children for their own good? Let us know in the comments! |RL