The Notebook

Sparks, Nicholas

Paperback - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Notebook
In a Southern nursing home, an 80-year-old man reads from his diary to his wife, suffering from Alzheimer's. It's the story of their teenage romance, followed by years of separation because he was from the wrong class, followed by her decision, on his return from World War II, to be her own woman and marry him. Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, 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 more. Allie Nelson, twenty-nine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape. Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all.

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2012,1996
Edition: 1st Student Guide ed
ISBN: 9781455515592
Branch Call Number: FIC S
Characteristics: vii, 274 p. ; 23 cm.


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List - Book - Movie Tie Ins by: nypl_huguenot_park Apr 30, 2012

Other Books by this author that have been turned into Movies are Dear John , The last Song etc.

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Dec 31, 2014
  • karen9 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Isn't this what we all want in our life? A beautiful love story that cracked my heart open, I love it. Unlike other romance stories, this one is more sweet and grows on you. Love that builds from spending time together talking, walking, admiring views, things we do on a regular basis. I love this book.

Oct 17, 2014

whoever has this copy please finish it because me and another person have had holds on it for ages. k thanks

Jul 23, 2014
  • gagasgirls rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After the death of James Garner I decided to watch one of my favorite movies "The Notebook" and then wanted to read the book again. i love both but am partial to the book version. i do enjoy all of Nicholas sparks books.

Jul 10, 2014

This is the fourth book I’ve read by Nicholas Sparks including The Lucky One, A Walk To Remember and Safe Haven. Though it was not my favourite, it was still a beautiful story that I could not put down. The Notebook follows the lives of Noah and Allie, two people who were once in love but torn apart. Fourteen years later, as Noah reads on his porch Allie reappears and old love hidden deep inside them once again resurfaces. They begin to fall deeply in love, more than before but there is one major obstacle stopping them. Now Allie must decide- does she want to live the life she always thought she’d have, or a life filled with passion and love and happiness?

May 23, 2014
  • Yellow_Dog_501 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Even though I found this plot intriguing, it had no moral value of any kind.

Mar 01, 2014

I’ve always been a fan of Nicholas Sparks. Even though I hate sad endings, what Nicholas Sparks is famous for, somehow I always find myself reading his books. It’s kind of like when the girl in the horror movie opens the closet door, despite all the scary music. The notebook is told by Noah, a retired man reliving his love life. Noah met Allie one summer, and couldn’t forget about her afterwards. 14 years later, she randomly shows up at his door. The two have dinner and discuss what would have happened if they stayed together. The love between the two of them is obvious, but time has separated them and there are complications. This story truly shows what soul mates are. What is a soul mate? Is it the person you marry? I always thought that, but a soul mate is someone you can connect to on different levels, and even though you love them, you might lose contact with them. The title of the book is the Notebook because Noah is reading the love story of Allie and Noah from a book that was written by him and Allie. This book really showed that, love doesn’t always have a happy ending but it is always there. “So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday.” Love is something you work at, but something that comes naturally. It is passionate and it is tender as well. This book displayed how love changes you, for the good and bad, you find someone who can see your good and bad and except both sides because they want all of you, forever.

Feb 01, 2014
  • Green_Jaguar_44 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

this book is kinda weird. like, this old guy is telling the story of his love ( that part is really nice) and apparently he wrote down everything in his notebook, so at the end of the story we go back to the old man in the nursing home who tells the story every day to his wife, who has a terrible memory and sees little gnomes or something running around. the part about the love story is great, though. The part with the old man is kind of boring and slightly confusing. its a pretty good book though.

May 31, 2013
  • molls_02 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love the poetic writing. The words flow so well together, and I hate real poetry. A beautifully tragic story.

Feb 05, 2013
  • Jellybean1985 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best love stories put to paper. Can't wait to see the movie one day.
Read it in the Large print as the regular print list was way too long.

Oct 09, 2012
  • sanara123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A book for all romance lovers and I loved it. It is one of the best books I have ever read and you should read it too. I find it amazing how after all those years, they still love each other! I cried and laughed many times throughout the book. I wouldn't mind reading this book over and over again. :)

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Jul 06, 2012
  • Saulia rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Noah and Allie are a couple when they are young, they spend a wonderful summer together and fall in love. However, circumstances make it so they have to break up. However, years into the future, Allie is engaged, but Noah finds her again and they realize the love never left.


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