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The Notebook (The Notebook #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  992,147 Ratings  ·  15,880 Reviews
Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, 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 ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published July 5th 2004 by Bantam (first published 1996)
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Oct 06, 2011 Nicole rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one!
I love the movie, but if you think that was sappy, do not pick up this book. I heard Nicholas Sparks had a knack for sap, but I almost drowned in it and felt no spark at all. The book was so frustratingly simple and obvious and laid out. The dialoque droned. I'll come back and add a real quote, but it was something like this:

"Do you want to stay for dinner?" he asked, wondering what she would say.
"Okay," she said, and than asked, "What should we eat?"
"Crabs," he said.
She never had crabs. They b
Lola  Reviewer

I’m just gonna say it: I expected less.

Not being inexperienced in the reading of Nicholas Sparks novels, I somewhat knew this book would contain tons and tons of corny and cheesy replies and gestures. But NOT in every. single. paragraph. I’m not one to discard the idea of soul mates, after all the young adult readings that I have done, but when something is too wonderful and perfect, it’s more annoying than cute. So there is too much of that.

Also, the plot is so weirdly shaped. It starts with No
Aug 06, 2007 Stacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book on a train from Italy to somewhere else in Europe after graduating from college. I was unfortunate enough to be forced to buy it because there were no other English Language novels to choose from.

I know this is a beloved book, by a beloved author, but if I could give it any sort of negative rating, I would. The "Gag me with a spoon" category is almost too kind. My apologies to any one who likes Nicholas Sparks - if you're able to find the genius in his writing, more power to you
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
4 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Sweet and romantic, but I liked the movie much more. In fact, I LOVED the movie and watched it before reading this. In the movie, the characters of Noah and Allie had more intensity and passion. It is one of those rare moments, for me, when the movie was better than the book.

There are some great quotes in this book though. These were my favourite:

"I am a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedic
Apr 07, 2014 Becky added it
Recommends it for: the chicken soup for the soul crowd
This is the worst book I have EVER READ. And the fact that this guy is so popular continues to astound me. I would give it less than zero stars if I could. My sister tricked me into reading this book, and I wish I could gain that time back into my life so I could read a different book. This book teaches you that ANYONE could write a bestseller. Just be sappy and corny and have one big-ass deus ex machina and you're all set for stardom. As you can tell, I don't read shit that I think I won't like ...more
Kat Kennedy
Have you ever come across something so undeniably cute that you feel like you may be crushed by the weight of squee that’s about to explode from you chest.

Kind of like when you see this?

That’s what reading The Notebook was like. The romantic tone of The Notebook was both its greatest asset and biggest downfall. Nobody wants to be crushed by squee anymore
than they want to drown in their own tears and The Notebook wants to destroy you. Never doubt that. Whether it’s leaching your bodily liquids o
Books Ring Mah Bell
Oct 22, 2007 Books Ring Mah Bell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
quite possibly the sweetest love story ever. I wept like a baby.
❁ بــدريــه ❁

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إن السبب الذي يجعلنا نتألم كثيرًا لفراقنا هو لأن أرواحنا
متصلة ببعضها البعض، و ربما كانت كذلك منذ زمن بعيد
وستظل على ذلك في المستقبل. وربما قد عشنا ألف حياة
قبل حياتنا هذه، وفي كل واحدة منها كان كل منا يبحث عن
الآخر حتى يجده. وربما كنا نُجبر في كل مرة على أن نفترق
لنفس الأسباب، ويعني ذلك أن هذا الوداع هو وداع لعشرة
آلاف عام مضت، وبداية لأعوام أخرى سوف تأتي .

وعندما أنظر إليك، أرى جمالك و جاذبيتك، وأعرف أنهما
يتضاعفان في كل حياة جديدة تحيينها، وأعرف أني قضيت
كل حياة لي من قبل في البحث عنك، ولم أكن
Jul 20, 2007 jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This is my favorite love story ever. It shows what true soul mates are. (I also loved the movie as much as the book.) If you don't cry when you read this then something is wrong with you. I think that you can love someone like ally did the lawyer, but only true love with your soul mate like with Noah. People who don't like this book have never truely been loved, because if you have it hits home.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

"I am a common man with common thoughts, and I've l
مصطفي سليمان
كالعادة نيكولاس سباركس يطلع لينا لسانه
ضحكت عليكم وثبتكم

الراجل دا ليه بيعمل معانا كدا؟؟
ليه عاوزانا نصدق ف حاجات مريبة
زي الحب
يكونش ماسوني؟؟؟

الغريب ودي علامة ف كل كتبه
هو ملتزم بشدة متلقيش شتيمة
ولا مشهد عاطفي حار
مع ان مفيش رواية كتبها الا وتستحمل
لكن هو عامل كنترول لوحده
ولا قالك
الدراما تتطلب دا
ولا اتفذلك ولا شئ
وعرف يوصل اللي هو عاوزه

مش قصدي ان اللي بيعمل عكس دا زباله
لا خالص
بس انا بتغاظ ان فيه روايات بتبقي عبارة مشاهد ابيحة
تحتوي علي رواية
او مشاهد مقحومة لا لشئ غير اهو
Jan 21, 2011 Laura rated it did not like it
Vanessa bought me this book after I watched Fracture and developed a serious crush on Ryan Gosling. Well, that led me to this movie and, unfortunately, this book. How does this man have a career as a writer?! Who is paying him to write stories with the most obvious choices in plot/dialogue/decisions. Wow. Lowest common denominator.
Dec 13, 2007 Carolyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tracy Rupple, and no one else.
I read this book because my sister loved it. It made me sad. Not because it was a sad story, but because it was so poorly written.

This Sparks character had a fantastic idea for a story, a truly painful and passionate story of love and devotion. But the book? It was like my 14 year old nephew watched this brilliant movie, then tried to write about it on his myspace blog. It was butchered by an appalling lack adjectives and an appalling lack of emotion. Sad.

The fact that so many people are willi
Aug 28, 2008 Muphyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Muphyn by: Miss Bookiverse
Besides the awful writing style (just to mention unimaginative, spiritless and full of clichés), I found the story just a little too contrived and far too predictable. I couldn't get over the premise where Noah and Allie meet when they are teenagers, spend one summer together and meet again after 14 years to realise they are still utterly in love?! What?!

It irritated me to no end that Sparks felt the need to not leave anything unexplained, describing things in excruciating detail, boring me but
Crystal Starr Light
Well, that's one author I can cross off my "to-read" list.

Noah and Allie fell in love one summer when he was 17 and she 15. She leaves, and fourteen years pass before Allie, now engaged, returns to Noah. Are they still in love? Will she marry her over-working fiance, with whom she shares a passionless relationship and who keeps her from pursuing her passion of art? Or will she choose Noah, the boy she spent a grand total of one summer with and lost her virginity to (and hasn't had sex with anoth
Apr 10, 2008 Abby rated it liked it
So, I didn't love this book, even though every other girl on planet earth does. Here's the deal: it's an old guy at the end of his life, showing how undyingly committed and in love he is with his elderly wife, who is dying of Alzheimer's. Sweet, right? Except here is how he shows his love: every day, he reads her the story of their love. It involves hooking up as teenagers, then being apart without communication for years and years, yet yearning for one another while sleeping around with other p ...more
Oct 17, 2010 Dana rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: true love lovers, people who believes that true love will surely return to you one day
Recommended to Dana by: Anupama P
Does such true love really exist? Nicholas Sparks, all I can tell is that your wife Cathy has been lucky to marry you!I cried like a baby.Yes, true love will return to you, maybe not in a very perfect condition, maybe with a fiancee, maybe not with a good heart, but surely it'll return.
May 02, 2013 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Where I got the book: I have absolutely no idea what this was doing on the Shelf of Shame. I'm really hoping it was a freebie from some event, because seriously, I wouldn't have bought it would I? Another Bad Book Buddy Read with Crystal Starr Light.

Bottom line:

Well, there's no accounting for taste, and if you like sappy Twoo Luv stories this is your man. My mileage varied, mostly because I was reading critically with ALL my teeth and claws out, so I'll forgive you if you enjoyed it because yeah
Jun 18, 2007 Colleen rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Romantics, family of Alzheimer's
As an author, I learned that this romantic, simple style is not my cup of tea. Although I enjoy cheesy comedies (the work of Capra springs to mind), I don't yearn to write them myself. The original love story of this novel was a little too pat and plain-- it was too clear that this was the love of a lifetime. Perhaps I'm jaded, but I really think a lifetime of love is more irritating-- after all, no two people can be absolutely perfect for each other. In fact, that irritation and friction, and l ...more
Heba Nouraldeen
Mar 22, 2015 Heba Nouraldeen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
.. لو ان هنالك مثل هذا الحب ..فكيف يرتضى القلب بسواه؟؟؟؟؟
" من نحن ؟؟ أنا و"اّلى
هل نحن شجرة لبلاب قديمه عالقه فوق شجرة سرو وأغصانها وفروعها متشابكه تماما لدرجه أننا سنموت اذا ما حاول أحد فصلنا عن بعض؟؟ لا اعرف
ويتحول الحب فى هذه الساعات الأخيره والرقيقه الى شىء حساس ونقى .. ويأتى ضوء الصباح بأشعته الناعمه والقويه ليوقظ الحب الصادق....
Aug 28, 2009 Arlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009, romance, adult
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is a story about two teenagers from opposite sides of the track who meet one fateful summer and fall in love for a lifetime. This novel was engaging and steady paced. I was able to read it in one sitting as I was drawn into the lives of Noah and Allie. Nicholas Sparks has created a poignant story about two people who try to recapture the love they once shared despite the passage of time.

Noah Calhoun is a simple boy with simple dreams. He loves poetry, his life in
Sep 14, 2007 james rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who believes in true love and a soulmate.
Shelves: favorites
by far, one of my favorite books.

call me a sucker. i can totally relate to the concept of true love and a soulmate. i don't think you get many chances at finding that one person, and when you do, you know it.

never let go of the one that you know BELONGS with you. on your mind every second of every day.

"forever with you, forever in me, ever the same" (rob thomas- ever the same).
Mar 28, 2007 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes

I suppose [my life] has most resembled a blue chip stock: fairly stable, more ups than downs, and gradually trending upward over time. A good buy, a lucky buy, and I've learned that not everyone can say that about his life.

"A living poem" had always been the words that came to mind when he tried to describe her to others.

Our lives can't be measured by our final years, of this I am sure.

We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only
Apr 27, 2011 April rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one with a brain
Shelves: absoluterubbish
I have, in my lifetime, come across so few people that I can honestly say the following about "Straight to a fault". Mr. Sparks steals the cake in this book. Not only does he play up to every hopelessly/sappily romantic notion pop-culture has ever churned out for women over the age of 10, he does this in a sexist/uber macho yet trying to come of as sweet but rough around the edges kind of way. Oh male privilege.... If you want to write from a woman's perspective, you should maybe have the foreth ...more
~ Odette Knappers
This book.. oh my..

I knew the big storyline from the movie - I mean, who hasn't seen this classic and who doesn't remember a love story like that. Knowing the plot makes every inch of the story more beautiful, more soaked with love.

It made me cry from emotion. Not just once, or twice. Oh my, this is so amazing.

Really, go read this or be sorry for ever.

Best read of this year, hands down. I usually don't reread, but I feel like I can read this story a million times and that it touches my heart e
Juwairia Sama
بأيُّ دفء سُطرت هذه الرواية ؟
كل كلمة في هذه الرواية كأنها همسة رقيقة و عذبة عالقلب وكالتي نسمعها في نغمات الوتر .
كم كان الكاتب بارعاً في ربط لحظات الحُب بساعات الوحدة ، والألم الفاصل بينهما .. ورغم كل شيء انتصر الحب المتدفق في روح "نوا" و "آلى" على الوحدة .
ممتنة جدا لكِ "هبة" على اقتراحك دائماً اندهش بجمال ذوقك .
Marcela M.
Jun 05, 2015 Marcela M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No sé por donde comenzar a describir este libro. Pero bueno, lo intentaré.
Mi amado Sparks, otra vez, logro cautivarme con sus historias de amor. Aunque en este libro, él, maneja un romance que a mí ya se me hes un poco difícil de entender, ya que todo ocurre más precipitadamente que en los otros libros que he leído de él, pero aun así logra convencerme totalmente de que ese tipo de amor y romance puede ocurrir. Y es que sinceramente, este hombre llega a escribir una pagina del porque los hombre
Someone mentioned to me that she likes that I also review/record books that I've read and don't like. Well, this book is right up there for me.

Back when guyczuk was in 4th grade, his teacher came to me one day, saying I had to read this book she'd just read. It was the best book EVER and she stayed up all night to finish it, crying as she read. Being the sort of mother who likes to see what makes her son's 24 year old teacher (who spent more time on the internet planning her upcoming wedding th
I saw the movie of the Notebook before the book, and I regard it as one of the best romantic-non-comedy films of all times. Right up there with Titanic and couples like Ross and Rachel and Meredith and Derek. ;)

Even my mother, a woman who despises all romantic-gooey-type films, loves this film. So after I saw the movie, I decided to read everything belonging to Nicholas Sparks. So I started with this. And honestly? I thought the movie had a lot more passion than the book. Ryan Gosling and Rachel
Apr 07, 2008 Alyssa rated it liked it
I decided to read this book because I absolutely love the movie. It's pretty muc the story of Levi and I, except that we're aren't old yet. He had to kind of convince me to date his, and it was the greatest summer of my life. We were separated by his time at Basic training and his mission to Taiwan. Neither of us had much closure when the relationship had to end. When he returned from his mission I was engaged to someone else, but I had already stated to realize that it wasn't meant to be for he ...more
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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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“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough..” 22248 likes
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