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Message In A Bottle

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  185,007 Ratings  ·  3,601 Reviews
Thrown to the waves, and to fate, the bottle could have ended up anywhere. Instead, it is found just three weeks after it begins its journey. Theresa Osborne, divorced and the mother of a twelve-year-old son, discovers it during a seaside vacation from her job as a Boston newspaper columnist. Inside is a letter that opens with, "My Dearest Catherine, I miss you my darling, ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Warner Books (first published 1998)
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Oct 20, 2008 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks Fans
Shelves: read-in-2008
For those of you (like me) who have seen the movie of the same name starring Kevin Costner, the end of this novel will come as no surprise. I knew what I was getting in for when I started this book and kept the tissues well-stocked. In fact, I had to stop reading it on the bus for fear of crying in public.

Instead of going into a detailed review, I'd like to share with you an excerpt of an interview Nicholas Sparks did with the NY Times after writing this novel. He shares his inspiration but I ha
Mar 14, 2010 Abby rated it did not like it
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Erin Olsen
Apr 08, 2008 Erin Olsen rated it it was ok
I bought this book used for fifty cents at a book sale.

I'm glad I didn't spend more money on it. What a disappointment. It dragged pretty much through the entire book & then BLAM, the end SUCKED so hard it just pissed me off & any good feelings I'd had from this book were quickly forgotten.
Apr 15, 2010 PurplyCookie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-novel
If you thought "The Notebook" was a tearjerker, then get ready to have a hanky on hand and be on an emotional rollercoaster ride with Sparks's second star-crossed love story, "Message in a Bottle".

When Theresa Osborne takes a much-needed summer holiday at Cape Cod, she finds a lot more than a break from the hustle and bustle. On an early-morning jog along Cape Cod Bay, she comes across a corked bottle with a scrolled-up message inside that reads, "My Dearest Catherine, I miss you." Subsequent p
Tatiana Khaykina
Sep 17, 2015 Tatiana Khaykina rated it liked it
I read this book when I was the 1st year student and it took me less than 3 days to finish the book, although, I didn`t have much time to read because of the studies. And, nevertheless, I couldn`t stop. This is my favourite Spark`s book so far. I found each dialogue, each event and each Garett`s dream romantic. The plot is very interesting, although, at first Nicholas Sparks seemed to be quite typical and predictable.
Theresa found a message in the bottle when she was jogging and her adventure be
Feb 14, 2010 DJ rated it really liked it
Read this book while vacationing in Cancun in 1998. Read the final page watching the dawn on the beach. Perfect experience!

If I remember correctly, it was one of my favorite books during that time. The book made me compelled to write a letter and throw it out to sea, which I never did.

It's a heartfelt story that should be read. However, it's not memorable because after all of these years, I am not interested in reading it again. It's a one-time-good-book read. If you like Sparks's writing, the
Megan [I'm okay, I'm alright]
Since I don't really have time and don't want to write a detailed review, I'll just say a few things...

1. I didn't really like this book as much as some of Sparks' other novels. I'm not sure why...

2. I would give this book three and a half stars, still, because it was still good.

3. One thing that really bugs me is that i almost feel like Sparks thinks he needs to write an explicit sex scene to sell something. Out of all his books that I know of, A Walk To Remember is his only one thr doesn't.
Apr 18, 2008 Laurelina rated it it was amazing
Just like many, if not most, the movie did NOT do justice to this book. Nicholas Sparks wrote a very detailed, vivid story of Theresa and how she found Garrett through clues in the letters that eventually were found offshore. The difference lies in that the characters described in the book were more human, they were much more flawed, but definitely real. The movie portraied Garrett as a victim of the circumstances that was lied to and that somehow did not have any say in what occurred. It also p ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I resisted reading this book for a long time because the movie is one of my favorites. There were differences that, at first, I found difficult, but I got over that without much effort. Having just struggled through a long difficult read of David Copperfield, this read was smooth and easy and fast.

I am a very emotional person and that emotion seems to be more readily let loose now that I admit to getting old. I have always been emotional and have never been shamed by letting others see that emot
Sep 15, 2010 Em rated it really liked it
Message in a Bottle is the first Nicholas Sparks novel that I have read. I was in high school back then and my mum received a copy of it few years after it was released. I read it for myself and instantly fell in love with the story. Until today, I consider it as one of the best novels of Sparks.

I can still remember how I passionately copy by hand and read over and over again the letters of Garrett to Catherine. As young as 13, I discovered my love of the written language through this unforgetta
Mar 22, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 9th-grade
After finishing Message in a Bottle, I am completely speechless. I was unable to put the book down and so eager to continue to learn what will happen next. Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author and after reading this book, I'd say this is his most touching novel I've read so far. A woman, Theresa, is recovering from a divorce. One day, while she was on the beach, she finds something that'll change her life forever. She sees a bottle with something inside--it's a letter. She reads it and tears be ...more
I remember reading this book a long time ago and I suddenly started to remember it today. I remember that it made my heart ache, and it made me cry so much. Nicholas Sparks does have a way with his stories and I am glad that I gave him a try once upon a time. The ending was extremely sad... so if you're into romances with happy endings, I don't think this book is for you. But if you're into romances with heartbreaking moments and an ending that will have your heart cry out, then you should defin ...more
Marcela M.
Jul 08, 2015 Marcela M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es Nicholas Sparks, así que por descarte ya se sabe que tiene un cinco de cinco.

Una historia corta, pero con mucho contenido. Nicholas nos vuelve a cautivar con un amor entregado y apasionado, pero imposible. Dolorosa y maravillosa como solo Sparks lo puede hacer.

En esta nueva historia, (al menos para mí), se vuelve a repetir la historia de dos amantes, que se enamoran a primera vista, y su amor, aunque es apasionado y verdadero, es imposible. Como ya he dicho en todas mis opiniones de los libr
Jan 24, 2009 Chana rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Written in a very simplistic way, one story line, nothing going on but the conversation or action currently on the page. I can see how it could easily be made into a movie as it is very low on content and high in maudlin emotion. Being a romance it has to have some silly language, in this case the overuse of the word "tightening". Take this line, "The breeze was blowing through her hair, and the sight of it made something tighten in his stomach." If that isn't enough to get you giggling, take th ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-books
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Helena (Renchi King)
Romantični žanrovi rijetko su moj izbor.Sa ovom knjigom htjela sam lagano zaključiti ljeto (iako me još čekaju 2-3 slične..) i nisam baš pogriješila.
Nema one prepoznatljive sladunjavosti,odbojnosti pa strasti..i na kraju,pisac je muškarac!
Vrlo lijepi opisi života pored oceana,lišeno uvijek naglašenog luksuza i ostalog prenemaganja, koje se danas obilno nude čitatelju ovog žanra..
Lijepa priča o izgubljenoj ljubavi,o izgubljenim prilikama i zanimljivo-bez klasičnog happy end-a!
Priča nam nudi i zan
Johan Patrick Sy
Jun 07, 2013 Johan Patrick Sy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Johan Patrick by: Rico
Isang bote, isang extra-ordinaryong pag-ibig ang dala ng akda ni Nicholas Sparks. Ito ang pangalawang nobelang ginawa nya kasunod ng The Notebook

Kung nagustuhan mo ang The Notebook, magugustuhan mo din ang ikalawa nyang akda. Mula sa masayang wakas ng The Notebook ay binuksan ni Sparks ang trahedya sa ikalawa nyang akda.

Pareho lang ding elemento ang ginawa ni Nichlas sparks sa akda nyang ito at sa The notebook. Una ay ang kwento ng pag-ibig na nawala. Sinundan ng kamatayan ng bida. Naaalala ko b
Shreya Kashyap
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Leo Martin
My Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis: Very Dear John-ish and The Rescue-ish.
I kinda hate this book, but I tell you, this is a touching story. For me, this is the saddest of all the books of Sparks, so far.
An epitome of the world's greatest regret, letting go of someone even if you really love him/her.
Like what I said yesterday, it was hard for me to get in to the book at first but I soon completely fell in to it, holding on to the moments of bliss till the loneliest part of the book. There are a
Jun 12, 2008 Wee!wawaLAA!!! rated it it was amazing
haha, haven't been reading a bunch of Nicholas Sparks's books lately...
I have no idea how the movie is, but it must be far beyond the level of this book. But the ending is SOOOO damn sad. Seriously.
And because of that thing called my short-term memory span, I can't remember their names, so I'll just phrase it with pronouns. :D
So she finds a message in a bottle (thus the name) and falls in love with the way the man (OMG, I REMEMBERED HIS NAME, just now :P) writes and expresses his most definete t
Tạ Hương
Feb 04, 2014 Tạ Hương rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: none
Two questions:

Why does an experienced, professional diver neglect to wear his effing life jacket on a journey that is known to be later than usual, with a storm that is known to be approaching?


How can Garrett write Catherine a line such as, "Before we came together, I moved through life without meaning, without reason. I know that somehow, every step I took since the moment I could walk was a step toward finding you." when they have known and loved each other since (at least) third grade?

Jul 07, 2016 Amina rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, owned, novels
the best book by Nickolas Sparks .
love the story , the characters and everything in between .
it made me cry , laugh and think .
Listen to this instead. Much better Message in a Bottle
Most of my friends around these parts are probably wondering what the hell is wrong with me. I don't normally read such... Squishy books. I read a couple Sparks back when I was a heart sick teenager, cried my eyes out, and then moved on. Well, at some point, long long ago (inagalaxyfarfaraway), I apparently bought this book. I then proceeded to place it on my book shelf, where it remained until earlier this week. I had just finished another book, and I knew the perfect book to start next. I grab ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Freya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Message in a Bottle

While reading the book in my most-behave-and-holding-back-tears manner, I found its great preponderance on the last parts of the story. The first message was deeply doleful. It contained a full hint of longing and desiring to be with one's love again. Such a powerful epistle, in depth with emotions that will really trigger your lachrymal glands to weep. I was very eager to finish the book, cause aside from the fact that the reviews are boosting with accolade, I've been hearin
Paula Espadinha
Aug 01, 2013 Paula Espadinha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas Sparks e' o grande mestre das historias de Amor!
E como mestre q e', as suas historias envolvem-nos, embrenham-nos, entusiasmam-nos, ensinam-nos...e levam-nos a pensar e dissertar sb esse estranho e profundo sentimento capaz de guiar, abanar, revolver, mudar as nossas vidas dum momento para o outro, apanhando-nos de surpresa e levando-nos mtas vezes a reagir contra nos mesmos!
Nesta bela historia convivemos com duas personagens , ambas com uma grande capacidade de amar e ambas profundamen
Cheryl Bradley
Dec 04, 2009 Cheryl Bradley rated it it was ok
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Thrown to the waves, and to fate, the bottle could have ended up anywhere. Instead, it is found just three weeks after it begins its journey. Theresa Osborne, divorced and the mother of a twelve-year-old son, picks it up during a seaside vacation from her job as a Boston newspaper columnist. Inside is a letter that opens with:

My Dearest Catherine, I miss you my darling, as I always do, but today is particularly hard because the ocean has been singing to me, and the song is that of our life toget
Oct 15, 2011 Liezl rated it it was amazing
I first watched the movie before reading this book. It didn't have the happy ending I was rooting for but it made me understand the other side of love.

This book didn't fail me, it made me cry an ocean of tears. I associated the story to my own love story. It happened during a year before my college graduation. I remember I even wrote about this on my journal. He didn't die but he went away for good and it took me so long to recover.I was left with "What ifs" and "If only's" but time heals everyt
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Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

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 he followed with the n

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