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Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life -- boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in n...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 24th 2007)
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Laura Cashavelly
Mr. Sparks, All my life I believed in order for a wonderful marriage all you needed was true love. And now, knowing that for a relationship to work it needs much more then love, reading your books is honestly quite pathetic and sad. All your books are the same, have you ever thought about writing a book that doesn't involve two people falling in love over the course of twenty-four hours?
Lisa
The Choice has assured I will never read another Nicholas Sparks book. I found this novel to be a long-winded, tedious waste of time. And I got really irritated with his lack of research. If you are going to write about a dog whelping – get your facts right. If you are going to write about comatose people – get your facts right. Oh yeah, and if your leading lady is an accomplished P.A. , you might want to try giving her a brain. And I’m sorry, but I see nothing redeeming about defying a person’s...more
Bethany Andrews
For all you Nicholas Sparks fans out there, rest assured, he's done it again. He's written another ridiculously perfect, impossible not to cry over, romance. I'm usually not a fan of this type of work, but as I've said before, there's something about a Nicholas Sparks book I can't resist. It's like my guilty pleasure or something.

This one is about Travis, a small town vet, who has everything he could ever want out of life. He's got excellent friends, a cool dog, his own house and a great job. Su...more
Elise
Jan 06, 2008 Elise rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks fans
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Nikki De Los Santos
Pulled at my heart strings and ended up crying for about 5 mintues at the end. His writting has a way of getting in your head and you can imagine yourself in the situation. What would you do......
Vivian
Mar 16, 2009 Vivian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vivian by: mom
This has been my favorite book and my plan is to read every Nicholas Sparks book. I read this book last summer and this book is also about love and promises. I learned not all promises should be kept (even though they should). This married couple has been together quite some time and they had there good and bad times. In the time of there marriage a promise came up- If anything ever happened to Gabby and needed be put on life support, then her husband Travis, would only let her be connected for...more
Becky
Nov 26, 2007 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of Nicholas Sparks, readers who like sentimental love stories
Shelves: adult, romance
When a new Nicholas Sparks novel comes out, you know what you're in for - a southern romance between a romantic, lovable, handsome man and an intelligent, independent, naturally beautiful woman. It will be a fast read that makes you long for the simple, small town life. I'm not a big fan of romances, but Sparks books are simply good stories and always enjoyable reads. Also, one never knows whether the ending will be a certifiable tear-jerker or joyful happiness. "The Choice" is about two neighbo...more
Annie
Oct 20, 2008 Annie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks Fans
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Célia Loureiro
This must be the 10th Nicholas Sparks book that I read, after a few years break. The last one I had read had been “Dear John”, and I hated it to the point that I never thought I’d read one book from this man again. To be clear: he’s still the same. If you want to know his “formula”, mix up these ingredients:
- Many dialogues (to make it lighter) with easy and random jokes;
- Really cool and sexy guy with little holes on his chicks who enjoys his beer;
- Pseudo-independent and strong woman who drink...more
Katie
********MAJOR SPOILERS*********










For those of you who have read this book..... Did you have as many problems with it as I did?

First of all Gabby is in a committed relationship and even though its not a perfect one, its not terrible and they're in love. Then she spends some time with Travis and BAMMM! she's in love with him too only after two days! What? And they had to say in like the stupidest way possible! 'i love you Travis Parker.' 'And I love you Gabby Holland.' I do not understand how that...more
Julianne
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Kit
Apr 18, 2009 Kit rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: any silly romantic lover
This book is very interesting. Like most of Nicholas Sparks romance books you fall in love with the characters and what the best to happen for them, but in a small way some thing goes wrong, but it always ends up leaving you all warm inside.
I find this one different because even though the back cover describes the book to be about Travis, most of the story line is about Gabby's side of view in there whole time of getting to know each other.
The first part of the story starts out in Feb 2007, an...more
Becky
I have to be in a certain type of mood to read a Sparks book. A friend told me this was a good, but I get irritated with Sparks tendency to kill off his protagonists by the end.

The Choice is a great read (and thoughtful...who doesn't need to be reminded that we all need Living Wills.) I loved the Part One where Travis and Gabby "grow" in love. Part Two moves too quickly, but this might not be a bad thing. As a reader, I wanted more details, but admit this would have muddle the plot and ultimatel...more
Jana
I surely have a problem. I read another book from Sparks. He is trying to be Jodie Picoult, but it's not going for him. His characters are awfully shallow and stereotypical - his story is so so, but he doesn't know how to describe it.

He is a Budweiser guy, she is shy and naive. He is uber sexy, she is not so. And he tells her he loves her after 2 days (although he was a complete vagabond for his 30something years), and she does as well, but he tells her that first.

Sparks' popular psychology ana...more
Sid Frost
If you love Nicholas Sparks' books, this one might well be your favorite. I know it is mine.

Travis Parker is a young veterinarian who will soon be taking over his father's practice. He has all the toys a man could dream for, a place on the water, boats, motorcycle and good friends. He's happy, but when he sees his friends with their wives and children he sees what he is missing. But, he doesn't want just any woman; he wants that special one he hasn't yet found.

Gabby Holland is a physician's assi...more
Christine
In a small town in North Carolina, Nicholas Sparks tells the story of Travis Parker. Travis is a veterinarian who is satisfied with his life. He took over his father’s business; all of his customers love him and his father. When Gabby Holland moves in next door to him, he is taken by surprise by how he catches her eye. Gabby is happy with her boyfriend of three years. She is also surprised by how she cannot stop thinking about Travis even though they had barely met. When she thinks that her dog...more
Kirsti
Yech. So I thought the Notebook was a little disappointing, but suspected that was because I'd seen and adored the movie so much that it overrode the contents of the book. Now I decide to read another of the Sparks books, only to be terribly disappointed AGAIN. I must be a sucker for punishment.

First, Travis is perfect. Utterly perfect, and I would punch him in the face if I met him in real life, not fall madly in love with him. All he seems to do is exercise, so accordingly, he is physical perf...more
Jo Guasque
Liked it but a little drag. I like Travis a lot since where can we find a guy like him huh? Very vocal about her feelings towards Gabby. I mean, I would love to have someone like him. Don't you? Well I like this book mainly because I love the way it was written. I so love the way Nicholas Sparks wrote those words. I mean, It really do made Travis desirable. haha. light read but it took me months to finish it since the first few chapters are very boring but in the middle, I cannot put it down. ha...more
Ash
" How far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?"
This kind of summarizes the novel. As usual I cried while reading the novel, a typical Nicholas Sparks' book. His characters are so real that sometimes I wonder if he writes true stories about real people. Travis' characterization, his thinking was very real. I would have thought and acted in exactly the same way as he did in those circumstances. Part two of the book was simply brilliant.
Definitely this was one of the most realistic novels...more
Timothy Springer
Several people had warned me. "Oh, you're reading a Nicholas Sparks book," they had asked. "You're going to cry." It seemed the unanimous assumption to his books.

Obviously, like many people, I had enjoyed the movie of "The Notebook" and heard numerous life-altering stories about the novel. Never feeling compelled to read the source of that adaptation, I picked up another of Nicholas Sparks' novels ("The Choice" being currently up on the NY Times Bestseller list). It also helped that most of the...more
Nkem Iregbulem
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks is about how the choices we make affect our lives. I really enjoyed reading this romantic, thrilling, and heart warming book due to the complex affection expressed between Travis and Gabby. Written in third person omniscient, The Choice uses flashbacks to investigate the idea of love. Throughout the book, readers were often presented with the question: "How far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?". Travis Parker, the protagonist, lives in North Carolina wi...more
Cindy
In this sequel to Sparks masterpiece THE NOTEBOOK. Allie has moved on and Noah, aged and infirm, seems a bit demented as he's spending much of his time talking to a swan. Meantime, his son-in-law, Wilson Lewis, married to Noah's daughter Jane, has committed the most grievous of marital sins--he forgot his wedding anniversary.

Wilson has been the classical good husband, faithful, hard working, providing for his family his first priority, and in that endeavor, he spent too much time at the office....more
Breanna
In the book, The Choice is about Travis Parker who lives in North Carolina. He has a great job, friends, and can enjoy going boating, swimming, and having bar-becues with his friends. But he has a hard time with relationships, he has had many relationship but none of them seem to last. Until a new neighbor moves in next door, Gabby Holland. When he tries to be neighborly to Gabby, she seems to hold a grudge against him. Gabby soon comes around though, and they start to spend time together and fa...more
Lisa
we recently started a reading group up here in the mountains...and we were given a list of books that were in bulk for reading groups to chose from, and this was one of the books. im not really a fan of Nicholas Sparks, so i wasnt that thrilled to start it, especially when i had a stack of books sitting on my nightstand that seemed sooo much more interesting. i was feeling the pressure to finish this book, all for the sake of a book club, which it turns out, i wasnt going to be able to make the...more
Sheri
Well, what a monumental waste of time and money!! It was insipid and anyone could have written it without being a bestselling author. The worst thing is that I paid full price for it at the airport and didn't even like it well enough to pass it on to anyone else to read. Why inflict more pain? I don't know that I'll ever read another one of his books again and if I do, rest assured, I'll get it at the library. The funny thing is that my other choice was a Grisham novel (another author who writes...more
Andrew Hildreth
The Choice is a wonderful and sad, heart-breaking love story. It wasn't what I expected when I first started it—which isn't a bad thing—but I still very much enjoyed the story. Being that it only took me 3 total reading days to finish it, it was very hard to put down.
By page 20, I was already hooked into the story and much liked the all the characters that were introduced at that point. I'm not sure how many times I laughed out loud during the first half of this book, especially the first coupl...more
Lesli Spafford
This book wasn't one of my favorites, although it did have a happy ending which isn't that common with books written by Nicholas Sparks. I think the reason that I didn't love the book was because of the female character, Gabby. I thought she was rather dull and kind of bratty.
I was inspired by Travis Parker. I loved his zest for life, his commitment to family, friends and good health. He had a good head on his shoulders. He gave me a renewed appreciation for the simple things in life...especiall...more
Hamda A 240521
The choice is the second book that was very interesting and enjoyable to read. The language is easy to read and understand, the events are connected and easy to follow, and the story itself excites you more to keep reading until you reach the end. The story was written by Nicholas Sparks, and it is simply about a man who has everything ( job, friends, and home), and believed that a serious relationship would cramp his style. And that was until a new neighbor moved in next door. I really recommen...more
Hanna
Just like all Nicholas Sparks books "The Choice" includes a spectrum of emotions and a passionate love story with a few hiccups along the way. The characters I dare say are relatable to anyone yet hold their own sense of uniqueness. This is a good characteristic of the book because it gives it a sense of reality while also allowing you to escape for a while. What drew me into the book was the way the two main characters, also the love interests, spoke to each other. Nicholas Sparks' dialogue for...more
Coral
Nicholas Sparks always has unexpected twists, and this book is no different. Easy to read and held my interest. Definitely recommend!
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As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist's assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

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