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The Lucky One

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  264,728 Ratings  ·  9,278 Reviews
When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of ...more
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published (first published 2008)
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Sheila Myers It's hard to choose only one thing, but I'll say it was the way Nicholas Sparks worked Thibault's backstory throughout the novel instead of all at…moreIt's hard to choose only one thing, but I'll say it was the way Nicholas Sparks worked Thibault's backstory throughout the novel instead of all at once.(less)
Meike the plot line is close, but not super close
I still found them very different since the book didn't make me feel anything and the movie made me feel a…more
the plot line is close, but not super close
I still found them very different since the book didn't make me feel anything and the movie made me feel a lot of things, but that is just how I felt.(less)

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Aug 14, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Damn, I really can't understand why I even started reading Sparks in the first place. This book was so full of stereotypes, it was awful. I mean, the guy was, of course, handsome, attractive, great with kids, a good craftsman, and surprise - surprise, he even could play the piano! The woman was beautiful, sensitive, a great mum, a talented cook, bla bla bla... And Sparks doesn't even make the effort to change the setting. Not once! It's always near or in Wilmington, North Carolina. *yawn*
It had
Lola  Reviewer
Jun 20, 2014 Lola Reviewer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks fans, contemporary + romance + drama fans

''I'm not sure what I should put for an address. Like I said, I just got to town and I'm staying at the Holiday Motor Court. I could also use my mom's mailing address in Colorado. Which would you prefer?''
''Yeah, I know. Kind of far from here.''
''What brought you to Hampton?''
You, he thought. I came to find you.


Nicholas Sparks has his reputation of writing the most popular and some quite beautiful/original love stories. Of course, The Lucky One was no exception. There were some ele

Opening Line:"Deputy Keith Clayton hadn't heard them approach, and up close, he didn't like the looks of them any more then he had the first time he'd seen them."

THE LUCKY ONE is another great read from Nicholas Sparks. Here we are given a story with a slightly darker edge and far more suspense then his usual soppy romance. Dog lovers and fans of The Guardian in particular will appreciate this engaging romantic suspense.

One of the great (or
Nov 23, 2008 Barb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barb by: Megan Anderson
A typical NS book, which seems like a gender-reversal of "Message in a Bottle". It was an easy escape read, and the characters are all well developed. I actually hated reading the chapters on Clayton! What a creep! I love Zeus, who had a great handle on character reading!

Almost feel that NS is becoming a bit Danielle Steeleish in his writing...formula, token sex, surprise of who died/lived.

All in all...not a bad book for a cold weekend!
Apr 13, 2012 Tiffeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I'd seen the movie preview and thought that I should really read it before watching it. Problem is, I have a real love/hate relationship with Nicholas Sparks. I'm a happy ending kind of a girl. I read books to escape the sadness, drama and sometimes craziness of life. I swear, every other time I read a Sparks book I swear I'll never read another. I don't like it when people find true love and then one of them dies or does something stupid so they're ripped apart ...more
Nicholas Sparks is not a good writer.

His dialogue is completely flat, and it doesn't help when he throws in comments such as "he liked her wit" when nothing at all witty had been said. I can only imagine he is working toward a certain word count when he describes every step of making tacos and homemade ice cream. I've heard that he disdains the label of romance author for himself, but most romance authors I read can write circles around him.

Dec 04, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Whenever I go to read a Nicholas Sparks book my first (and usually only) question to anyone who has read it is "Am I going to cry?" I ask this because in many of Spark's novels the main character dies in the end often in a tragic way. Since, I now want fun books with happy endings, it breaks my heart when this happens.

However, Sparks has such a rich and inviting writing style that even with these reoccurring tragic endings, I can't help but fall in love with any and all of his books. The charac
Dec 20, 2008 AnnaMay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so this book followed my reading of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. After that great work of literature, anything would pale, probably. Maybe I'm not being fair, but I really just didn't care for Sparks' latest. I've only read a few of his books, but already I'm seeing a pattern and I found myself getting bored and saying, "Awe, come on," throughout. The plot was too predictable, the characters were too generic, and I guess I just wasn't in to the whole storyline. The creepy cop ex-husband di ...more
Kelly Moran
Oct 16, 2008 Kelly Moran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
I found The Lucky One, by Nicholas Sparks, captivating. Nicholas Sparks is a #1 New York Times best-selling author with over fifty million copies of his books in print worldwide and translated into over forty languages. Other titles include: The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer, At First Sight, Dear John, The Choice, and Three Weeks With My Brother. Nicholas Sparks has also had four of his novels adapted into major motion pictures including: Message in a Bottl ...more
Anna Marie
I read it because I can't watch a movie without reading the book, first. What I want to know is, HOW this man got so popular? He can't write for crap. Utterly unbelievable. First of all, we have Elizabeth, who is a single mom who is a teacher (think lesson plans, grading papers, gone all day, etc) who takes her son to chess/baseball/violin, who also cares for her grandmother (who had a stroke), AND co-runs a kennel/obedience school out of her home AND is carting her son back and fort to ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 26, 2008 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started off a little slow, maybe because he spent so much time introducing the characters. It just got a little old and before I knew it I was 1/2 way through the book and not much had happened. But good thing you don't read the beginning last.

I did like the story, I'm a sap for romance, I loved the character Logan.

On a side note I couldn't get past some of the writing. For being such a famous author I would think they would use spell check or something before they published it. (Ex. finally was
Norah Una Sumner
“It was their secret, a secret meant for just the two of them, and she'd never been able to imagine how it would sound coming from someone else. But, somehow, Logan made it sound just right.”

Such a great book.I really liked the whole concept of this book,it's very interesting.Logan is such an amazing character,he's pretty much my new fictional crush.But I do agree that he should have told Elizabeth about the photo as soon as he met her,that would make both his and her life so much easier.Eliza
Inés Izal
Jul 05, 2014 Inés Izal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Creo que Nicholas Sparks es mi autor favorito sin yo misma saberlo. Mi relación con él es bastante tensa, porque lo odio con todo mi corazón por esos finales tan crueles en sus libros, pero lo amo con toda mi alma por todas las historias de amor tan maravillosas que ha creado.
Y tengo que decirlo o explotaré: ¡Por fin un final feliz!

The famous Nicholas Sparks creates yet another amazing tale of lovers.
Driven by luck and determination, Logan Thibult is in a search for a woman in a photograph that he found serving war in iraq. The photograph saved his life numerous times and with little persuasion by his friend Victor, he set on a journey to find the woman and repay the debt he felt he owed.
Elizabeth, a woman who spent the rest of her life after highschool struggling through life as a single mother, is overwhelmed with her li
Mar 26, 2015 Rodaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Všechny knihy od pana Sparkse mám prostě strašně ráda :-) A u Talismanu to bylo také tak. Je to velice jemný, milý, citlivý a romantický příběh, který se krásně čte. Celkově Sparksův styl psaní mám moc ráda, jeho knihy se mi čtou velice dobře!
V téhle knížce se mi líbila přítomnost pejsků (Zoro - pejsek hlavního hrdiny - je prostě skvělý :-) ). Mohla bych tedy říct, že bych tuhle knihu doporučila i milovníkům pejsků...
Příběh není nikterak náročný, asi je i lehce předvídatelný, ale Sparks umí lám
Mar 18, 2012 CC rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The cheese factor is pretty high for this one, people.

When Logan Thibault, a Marine serving in Iraq, finds a picture of a pretty woman in the sand, his friend Vincent considers it to be Thibault's good luck charm. Thibault doesn't, but whatever. Once out of the Marines, Thibault tracks down Elizabeth -- the woman in the photo -- by walking -- yes, walking -- from his Colorado home to a small North Carolina town. There, he finds out she's a single mother. And her ex-husband, a deputy, is an assh
I was waiting for a flight, desperate for reading material, so I picked this up at the airport book stall. I read the summary on the back cover and decided it sounded better than a James Patterson book, but definitely wasn't going to set my world on fire. Wow, was I right.

About a third of the way through, I was shaking my head at the complete and utter CHEESINESS of the story. So, I checked the front flap for the author's name and other works to make a mental note to avoid them in the future. I
I'm not going to lie: I read this book because I wanted to watch the film and I wanted to watch the film because Zac Efron is in it and I wanted to stare at Zac Efron for 90 minutes because I am shallow.

I also wanted to read the book because I'm fascinated by the fact that so many of Nicholas Sparks' novels have been turned into films. Is he really that good or just he have an extraordinary agent?

Well, I enjoyed this book. Between reading the blurb and seeing the trailer for the film, I knew exa
Dec 17, 2014 Zoë rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will always compare every Nicholas Sparks book I read to my favorite, The Last Song. Because of that (and also because of the fact that I listened to it while driving home from college (and the narrator had a creepy smooth-jazz voice that he contorted into a shrill country accent while reading for Beth)), I thought this book was just okay. I never really connected to any of the characters except Ben, Beth's grandma, and Zeus and honestly I thought Logan was kind of stalker-ish for walking ...more
Feb 01, 2010 kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This is the first Nicholas Sparks book I've read and I'll look for another. This book grabbed me from the first chapter, clearly written and intriguing characters and, even though I had a pretty good idea of where the plot was going and didn't really have any surprises, I still really enjoyed the story and how it was told.
Logan Thiebault is a great character and I really wanted him to find his way and his HEA. Without too much detail, his experiences as a marine and how that affected his life we
Oct 30, 2012 Noelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yes Elizabeth, I am reading this one...... for Zack Effron's buns in the movie alone LOL
Laura V.

Siempre hay una primera vez para todo.

Me gustó. Sip. No shame.

Logan, encuentra esa fotografía en la arena y su suerte cambia completamente. Aunque no está seguro de lo que significa, la conserva con él durante cinco años. Cuando se encuentra más perdido de lo que hubiera deseado, decide ir en su busca. En parte le debe su vida, y en parte siente que algo debe hacerse.

Esta parte es MUY extraña. MUY MUY MUY. Muy raro, muy perturbador, muy escalofriante. Un tipo que no conoces de nada, que du
Dec 05, 2015 Cath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“She was struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people...”

Rating: 4/5 stars

This is my first Nicholas Sparks book. And OMG this was so awesome!! Like I totally loved it.
To be honest I first thought that I would put it down after a few chapters; but then everything started to, you know, mix together so perfectly, that I couldn't help but loved it.

The writing style was nice and simple, with no use of tric

αγαπω τον σπαρκς!!!!
πραγματικα μακαρι να υπηρχαν οι αντρες που περιγραφει στα βιβλια του
θα μου πεις αν υπαρχουν εσενα θ περιμενουν δεν θαναι πιασμενοι!!!χχαχαχα
μαρεσε τοσο το τρεηλερ που ειπα πρωτα θα το δαβασω κ μετα θ δω τη ταινια
στην αρχη πιστεψα θα ζοριστς λογω οτι ηταν στα αγγλικα μιας κ στην Ελλαδα δεν εχει μεταφραστει ακομα
αλλα δεν μπορουσα να το αφησω!!!
ενα βιβλιο γεματα συναισθηματα απιστευτη διαλογοι ατακες φλερτ μεταξυ των ηρωων
ωραιο χιουμορ
αγαπας του χαραχτηρες κ ταυτιζεσαι
η γιαγια
Feb 27, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another charming love story from Nicholas Sparks! This is the story of how a photograph brings together two strangers. Logan, a soldier before the story opens, finds the photograph while serving in Iraq. After surviving a series of close calls Logan comes to believe that the photograph he's been carrying is lucky and is the reason he hasn't been killed. Under the suggestion of his best friend and fellow soldier Logan sets out on foot with his German Shepard Zeus to find the woman in the ...more
The Lucky One was a light, easy and absorbing romantic read. It wasn't one of Nicholas Spark's better novels but the story flowed well and the characters were interesting but the book did tend to get very predictable and clichéd towards the end. I didn't like the ending at all! It was poorly developed and felt very forced and rushed.

It's a good book to read on the beach during a hot sunny day. Three stars!
Carolina Stroschein

“You should be kissed everyday, every hour, every minute.”

Michelle [Helen Geek]
3.5 Stars and only because this was a buddy read with Holly. Else, it would have one or more – fewer stars.

This is my first Nicholas Sparks book and frankly don’t understand the hype. There were a few things I liked, but nothing I absolutely loved. I’m pretty sure this was the normal style and depth of this author, so saying, I won’t go out of my way to read another. It would have to be highly recommended.

Things liked about his story:
1 – I liked the premise of the story as outlined in the book b
Andy Wilkerson
Eh, I'm not sure why I keep trying Sparks’ books. I haven't had any luck with them, but a trailer comes on with Zach Efron and I think it looks good so I look up the book I see that it is another Sparks book, then against my better judgment....I read it.

I really think if this story was written by another author, I would have enjoy it because I thought the storyline was good. However, Sparks has this annoying habit of making his characters so extreme that it turns the story into a cheesy unreali
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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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