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The Choice

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  101,682 Ratings  ·  5,412 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 30th 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2007)
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Laura Cashavelly
Jul 21, 2008 Laura Cashavelly rated it did not like it
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?
Oct 04, 2008 Lisa rated it did not like it
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
Feb 04, 2016 Angela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't going to be a long review, but it will be a ranting one. Just going to jump right in...

The characters in this book are ridiculous! First Gabby. One word- Annoying! She got on my last nerve. This is going to sound insane, but she thought way to much. The first half of this book is her just thinking... but it's about nothing at all. She just goes on and on and on about any and everything!!!! Then on top of her babbling she was obsessed with making it crystal clear that she had a boyfri
Apr 28, 2014 Zia rated it it was ok
First of I'd just like to say I don't hate this book, nor do I love it.


Nicholas Sparks has shown through his story the choice that true love no longer is valued and has no meaning. He basically conveyed that a strong attraction towards the opposite gender can be referred to as love.

For instance, if I were to hang out with a single person for the entire weekend and have a strong attraction towards them because they were attractive I would not refer to it as love It can called a huge crush, or s
Bethany Andrews
Oct 20, 2007 Bethany Andrews rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Jan 06, 2008 Elise rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks fans
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Jun 26, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok
********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
Nikki De Los Santos
Apr 25, 2008 Nikki De Los Santos rated it it was amazing
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......
Célia Loureiro
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This must be the 10th Nicholas Sparks book that I read, after a few years break. The last one 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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
I'm one of the few people on the planet who is not a huge Nicholas Sparks fan, but that said, I liked this book.

This is a book for those times when you just want to sit in front of the fire and read something that isn't too deep. It's a very easy read, something that you can put down when the kids need diapers changed or someone has started a kitchen fire, and when you have the chance to pick it back up, you won't be totally lost.

The story line is easy to follow, not so many characters that thi
Nov 26, 2007 Becky rated it liked it
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
Mar 16, 2009 Vivian rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vivian by: mom
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Oct 20, 2008 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks Fans
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Apr 26, 2009 Sheri rated it did not like it
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
Nov 21, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
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
Dec 26, 2011 Kirsti rated it did not like it
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
Jul 16, 2008 Julianne rated it liked it
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Sep 21, 2015 Jana rated it did not like it
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
My 3rd Nicholas Sparks book & although not bad it certainly doesn’t live up to the first 2 I read (Safe Haven & The Longest Ride) which I loved.
The first half or more of the book is basically the two main characters falling in (hard to believe) insta-love over a weekend. Hard to believe as I couldn’t see any reason why Travis would fall madly in love with her after a weekend. She really didn’t seem that nice. Plus Gabby already had a boyfriend which she loved very much or so she kept tel
Marie-Eve Côté
Mar 12, 2015 Marie-Eve Côté rated it it was amazing
WOW !! This book takes my breath away. The title of the book is so right and I hope that I will never have to do that choice. Nicholas Sparks wrote another incredible book that I won't forget any soon! I without a doubt recommand The Choice to everyone, it makes me feel grateful for what I have. Seriously people, read this book !! Travis & Gabby are going to be in my heart for a while
”I didn’t want to fall in love, not at all. But at some point you smiled, and holy shit, I blew it.”- Unknown

Setting:Beaufort, North Carolina; 1996-2007

Cover Thoughts?:Border collies are the only dig dogs that I’m not completely terrified of, mainly because they have that fluff going in their favor. But once again, we have another stereotypical Nicholas Sparks cover. At least it’s not white people almost kissing, though. That’s worse.

Plot:Meeting the love of your life doesn’t usually involve
Apr 18, 2009 Kit rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 26, 2015 Abdullah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بدايةً لا أستطيع إخفاء سعادتي بعودة جرير لترجمة الروايات التي تتصدر بورصة الروايات في الولايات المتحدة .. كان أمراص افتقدناه لعدة سنوات

حين بدات بالرواية أصابتني حالة من الشمقمقة .. هل تعرفون الشمقمقة .. أن تقرأ كتاباً وأنت تحس بأنك سوسن او خلود وهي تقرأ روايات عبير .. تحس بأن رجولتك منقوصة لأنك سمحت لنفسك بقراءة هذا النوع من الرومانسية السطحية .. تبدين جميلةً يا عزيزتي .. أنت الأجمل يا طوم .. وقام طوم باحتضانها من الخلف .. وكانت الرجولة الوحيدة في المشهد هي ان اسمه طوم وليس طوم .. فحتى رجولته ك
Feb 03, 2016 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, adult, read-2016
Really enjoyed this one! Now I’m ready to watch the movie. :)

I’ve had The Choice by Nicholas Sparks on my reading queue for quite a few years. But as with his other novels, I’m always very hesitant to dive into his stories because it’s either a love or hate situation with Sparks and his novels. There are no in betweens with this author. He either taps into my emotional psyche and has me on the verge of tears, or takes me to the opposite extreme where I want to fling the book right out the window
Elizabeth ☆❀Hot for Alphas❀☆
Jan 07, 2016 Elizabeth ☆❀Hot for Alphas❀☆ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tearjerker, Dog Lovers
Meh! Now I'm ready for the movie =)
There are really two choices in this book. The first is Gabby's choice between Travis (the hunky neighbour she spent the weekend getting to know) or her long term boyfriend, Kevin (FYI the real victim) who is hesitant about making a lasting commitment. The second choice comes later and this one is the more interesting of the two. When Travis has to decide whether to turn off Gabby's IV, effectively starving her to death after an accident puts her in an extended coma.
There is nothing inspiring a
4.5 stars
this is my least favorite book written by Nicholas Sparks. I liked it but not like the others.
the idea and the characters were so good. maybe it needed to be longer. part one took most of the book which I find so wrong. there should be more in part 2.. more Gabby & more details.
Nicholas Sparks writes fire!

I've been kept awake late reading a book. Never two books! I've no idea how a writer consistently churns out excellent stories everytime, without fail. No slump, no dry spell. Sparks truly is a gifted writer.

While it's a typical love story involving a man discovering the woman of his dreams, the real weight of the entire plot lay in the last few pages. It lays a big emphasis on human choices when things go wrong. Most times, we humans tend to get carried away especi
Aug 11, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok
Eh. This was a little too clichéd and happily-ever-after for me. The story, conversations, and characters were not believable or realistic, nor was the ending.
Timothy Springer
Oct 13, 2012 Timothy Springer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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