Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

74%

14 Critic Reviews

His writing is beautiful in its truth. The characters are authentic, the plot is fantastic yet not unbelievable, and each scene flows smoothly together...For those of you that haven’t seen the movie yet but love romance, young or old, devour this novel. You’ll know exactly why I’m a Nicholas Sparks fan.
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Synopsis

Includes 20 photos from the movie and a reading group guide.

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...
 

About Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California when he was eight. In 1984, he received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Notre Dame. Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and spent 56 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list followed by another 54 weeks on the paperback list. Sparks has had a string of New York Times bestsellers including: A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight, Dear John, The Last Song, Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Safe Haven became his eighth film adaptation. Sparks is involved in many local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
 
Published January 5, 2000 by Grand Central Publishing. 227 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Notebook
All: 14 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 5

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Oct 02 1996

The book's slim dimensions and cliche-ridden prose will make comparisons to The Bridges of Madison County inevitable.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Katharine M. Sparrow on Sep 02 2010

His writing is beautiful in its truth. The characters are authentic, the plot is fantastic yet not unbelievable, and each scene flows smoothly together...For those of you that haven’t seen the movie yet but love romance, young or old, devour this novel. You’ll know exactly why I’m a Nicholas Sparks fan.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Kelly Milner Halls on Feb 01 2004

...it's the inspiration drawn from his real life grandparents that makes THE NOTEBOOK more than just a novel of flames reignited.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Nikki C. on Jan 28 2014

This story is being told by the old, aged man. He is telling the story to an old woman that means so much to him...I recommended this book because it is a beautiful love story displaying the real effects love has on people. I love this book and I am positive, that who ever reads this will too.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by h18dicarr on Jan 28 2014

I really enjoyed this book and movie but my favorite part is the ending when Allie and Noah both die in each other’s arms. That is my favorite part because from knowing how powerful and passionate there love is, and from knowing what Noah went through to have Allie comeback to him by being patient and staying by her side make the ending worth it.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by BurgGirl on Jan 28 2014

These timeless lovers take their vowels literally and carry them in their heart as they keep true to “for better or for worse.” As Nicholas Sparks’ touching, tear jerking, moving novel unfolds he shows just how powerful and selfless love can and should be.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Ivy G on Jan 28 2014

The Notebook is a classic tale of love lost and regained after many years, and is a truly romantic and touching story. This is an amazing book that captures your attention and keeps you guessing what will happen next. You will never want to put it down.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Jan 27 2014

Nicholas Sparks makes you fall in love with the characters andthe love they share. You feel as though you are the one falling in love andexperiencing all the hardships...If you enjoy a good love story with a happy ending, thisbook is perfect for you.

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EzineArticles

Above average
Reviewed by Pascasio JR Felisilda on Nov 22 2010

There are two stories in "The Notebook". One is the young and innocent love between differing individuals and another is mature (older) and tested love between similar individuals...It appeals to a diverse group of people.

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Brothers Judd

Below average
Reviewed by brothersjudd on Jul 09 2001

In the perfect, because utterly shallow, conclusion to the book, Allison, who any idiot has figured out by now has Alzheimer's, is returned briefly and miraculously to her right mind by the magic of the story and recognizes Noah...just long enough for him to jump her bones.

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Jules' Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Jules on Sep 20 2009

The book would have been better if you could see how the romance played out in more in-depth explanation. For the most part it was a good read, but it’s more of a rainy day read the anything else...but overall not a bad read.

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Hope Chest Reviews

Excellent
on Jan 28 2014

This book has certainly found a spot on my keeper shelf. Reading it was a touching and emotional experience that has left a huge impression on me. It was an inspiring, thought-provoking, powerful and passionate love story that was absolutely unforgettable.

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It's Time to Read

Above average
on Jan 01 2009

The story of their relationship as young lovers ended quite abruptly...And the ending, well that too was abrupt, and I was surprised the story finished, I was expecting more. However, all that aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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The Independent Review

Above average
Reviewed by Kelsey on Jun 12 2012

I was a little disappointed. On the romantic scale, this was kind of average, leaning toward bland. I noticed some changes between the book and the movie (including more drama), and I think they were made for the better because this was just kind of…commonplace, with a side helping of cheesy.

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