The Lucky One
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Lucky One

by
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  181,161 ratings  ·  8,210 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 luck—winni...more
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published (first published 2007)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Kate
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...more
Lola
Jun 20, 2014 Lola rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks fans, contemporary + romance + drama fans
description

''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?''
''Colorado?''
''Yeah, I know. Kind of far from here.''
''What brought you to Hampton?''
You, he thought. I came to find you.


description

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...more
Buggy
~ROMANTIC, SUSPENSEFUL AND ULTIMATELY HARD TO PUT DOWN~

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...more
Barb
Nov 23, 2008 Barb rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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!
Tiffeny
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 for...more
Jason Lilly
I should have known what I was getting myself into.

Okay... Let me begin with some positives so I can avoid being hunted down and beaten by the army of Nicholas Sparks fans.

Sparks is an excellent storyteller and a master of the romantic motif. He is good at taking a timeless story element and putting a new spin on it. He is also good with pacing, using smooth and lyrical words during romantic moments and quick and terse words in the more suspenseful moments.

However...

There are few things more irr...more
Christy
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.

Ivy
Oct 01, 2009 Ivy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who needs to kill some time on a flight.
This wasn't one of my absolute favorites--just okay. I have read several Nicholas Sparks novels and I put this one in the category of "True Believer" and its sequel, "At First Sight".

By now the author pretty much has a formula which he follows in most of his books: always set it his home state of North Carolina, there is always a storm where the plot twists and/or reaches its climax, someone usually dies, and the couples always fall in love and end up in bed--usually, boring, uninteresting sex e...more
Amanda
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...more
Kelly Moran
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
Ashley
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...more
Katie
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
AnnaMay
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
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 visitati...more
Karen
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...more
Shannon
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...more
kari
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...more
Inés Izal
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!

description
CC
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...more
Samantha
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 photogra...more
Katerina

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...more
CL (www.loveisastateofmind.net)
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...more
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...more
April 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...more
K.D. Absolutely
Although this was the novel that brought back my interest on reading novels again, love stories are really not among my preferences. I loved the movie The Notebook and I also read a couple of years back, Spark's Message in a Bottle but this one is not at par with those. It could have been better if the one who got the picture was probably the one who accidentatlly killed the brother in the desert war so the emotional impact during the climax would really be more dramatic. The second half of the...more
Ellie
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!
Noelle
Yes Elizabeth, I am reading this one...... for Zack Effron's buns in the movie alone LOL
Arlene
This is the first novel I've read of Nicholas Sparks, and I was definitely pleased. I enjoyed Sparks' writing style, as well as his plot and character development.
The Lucky One is about an ex-marine named Logan Thibault, who begins a journey in search of an unknown woman whose picture he found during one of his tours in Iraq. He believes the picture of Elizabeth was his lucky charm and responsible for getting him safely through his three tours in the war. As a result, he makes it his mission to...more
babyhippoface
Ummm... again, I need a half star option. 2 stars seems too few, but 3, too many.

I used to be a big Nicholas Sparks fan. I especially enjoyed The Notebook, and I have read most of his books. But with the last few it seems to me that either his writing is getting too...I don't know, something... or my tastes have changed.

While I was interested enough in The Lucky One to want to see how it all ended, I was annoyed by three things throughout the entire novel:
1] I could not pronounce Thibault in...more
Christine
While deployed to Iraq U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds the picture of a woman with a dog half buried in dirt. Although he is unsure why he feels she is his lucky charm he keeps the picture, carrying it wherever he goes as he survives his third tour of combat. He believes she saved his life. He vows to find "E" once he returns to Colorado.

Back in America, Logan begins his hunt to find his lucky charm in person. In North Carolina, he has a nasty encounter with Sheriff Keith Clayton; but the forme...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Fidus City: På jagt i Barcelona 1 4 Jul 31, 2014 08:43PM  
Has anyone seen the movie? I dont know if should go see it? 101 588 Jul 10, 2014 05:36PM  
Cozy Chair Book Club: The Lucky One 2 6 May 03, 2014 02:39PM  
PenPal Readers: The Lucky One buddy read *starting March 16th* 5 21 Mar 17, 2014 11:06AM  
  • The Vow: The Kim and Krickitt Carpenter Story
  • Sam's Letters to Jennifer
  • The Last Promise
  • One Day at a Time
  • Something Blue
  • Between Sisters
  • Ever After (Lost Love Series, #2)
  • The Christmas Shoes (Christmas Hope #1)
  • Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #4)
  • The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
  • A Summer Affair
  • Until Angels Close My Eyes (Angels Trilogy, #3)
  • Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2)
2345
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.

After breaking the N...more
More about Nicholas Sparks...
The Notebook (The Notebook, #1) A Walk to Remember The Last Song Dear John Safe Haven

Share This Book

“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...” 1135 likes
“He was the toast to her butter.” 632 likes
More quotes…