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Title: The Notebook
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Warner Books
Publication Date: 1996
ISBN: 0-446-52080-2
Summary: The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.

A Sappy Mess

This could be the shortest post I have ever written about a book. It’s quite hard to muster the effort to analyze a book that is so shallow and should definitely be judged by its cover. How is it possible for a book to have so many of the tropes that a hopeless romantic like me would eat up and make me hate every single moment of it?! Noah pines over Allie for 14 years, and one day she shows up on his door step. They proceed to spend the next few days in bliss reliving their summer romance and discover new ways to love. That entire concept should make my heart go pitter-patter. Instead I sighed, side-eyed, and rolled my eyes too many times to count. Even as a romance fan in general, I am not an avid reader of romance novels, so I don’t know if this is typical of this genre. If you’re a lover of romance novels, then the aspects of the book that annoyed me might actually bring you immense joy. I will admit as a silver lining that I did enjoy how Noah and Allie seemed to bring out the best in one another. Oftentimes in romances presented in the media, they beat us over the head with the falsehood that romantic relationships need drama and conflict. It was refreshing to read a more low key and delicate love.

Overall Opinion

This book is so saccharine that I now have a toothache and will need a new filling at my next dental checkup. I love a good love story, but this love story was too annoying and boring for me.

The Final Grade

Burn It: I was almost brought to tears while reading the book, not because I was touched by Noah and Allie’s story, but because of the boring and lazy writing.

Your Turn

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