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The Choice

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  94,705 ratings  ·  4,852 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
ebook, 327 pages
Published September 24th 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2007)
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Laura Cashavelly
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?
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
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
Jan 06, 2008 Elise rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks fans
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Bethany Andrews
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
Nikki De Los Santos
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......
********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
Mar 16, 2009 Vivian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vivian by: mom
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Célia Loureiro
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 and strong woman who drinks Diet coke
Nov 26, 2007 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 20, 2008 Annie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks Fans
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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
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
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
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
”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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marie-Eve Côté
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
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.
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
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
we recently started a reading group up here in the mountains...and we were given a list of books that were in bulk for reading groups to chose from, and this was one of the books. im not really a fan of Nicholas Sparks, so i wasnt that thrilled to start it, especially when i had a stack of books sitting on my nightstand that seemed sooo much more interesting. i was feeling the pressure to finish this book, all for the sake of a book club, which it turns out, i wasnt going to be able to make the ...more
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
Liane Almeida
I dont even know how to begin this review
well firstly, I didnt love this book, mainly because I dont think you can fall in love with someone in 24 hours.I think I am kind of bored with Nicholas Spark's books, its not all his fault, maybe is just me.
All his books are always about the good guy (handsome) so much in love with the good girl (always pretty, clever and so on), its like so easy, I could have written this book.
secondly, the plot was so tedious, argh..
I didnt quite like the ending, so u
Jo Guasque
Liked it but a little drag. I like Travis a lot since where can we find a guy like him huh? Very vocal about her feelings towards Gabby. I mean, I would love to have someone like him. Don't you? Well I like this book mainly because I love the way it was written. I so love the way Nicholas Sparks wrote those words. I mean, It really do made Travis desirable. haha. light read but it took me months to finish it since the first few chapters are very boring but in the middle, I cannot put it down. ha ...more
❀ Mary ❀
Ohhh Sr Sparks, por un momento creí que esta historia iba terminar muuuuuy mal.
Me gusta el título "The Choice", hace referencia a la decisión que se ve forzado a tomar Travis; y la traducción al español también hace referencia a esa misma decisión, Travis se pregunta constantemente ¿Que es lo que haría en nombre del amor? ¿Hasta donde llegar?

La vida y la historia romántica de Travis y Gabby es hermosa, no es perfecta pero se siente muy real, su matrimonio posterior sigue el mismo patrón. Son fel
Sid Frost
If you love Nicholas Sparks' books, this one might well be your favorite. I know it is mine.

Travis Parker is a young veterinarian who will soon be taking over his father's practice. He has all the toys a man could dream for, a place on the water, boats, motorcycle and good friends. He's happy, but when he sees his friends with their wives and children he sees what he is missing. But, he doesn't want just any woman; he wants that special one he hasn't yet found.

Gabby Holland is a physician's assi
In a small town in North Carolina, Nicholas Sparks tells the story of Travis Parker. Travis is a veterinarian who is satisfied with his life. He took over his father’s business; all of his customers love him and his father. When Gabby Holland moves in next door to him, he is taken by surprise by how he catches her eye. Gabby is happy with her boyfriend of three years. She is also surprised by how she cannot stop thinking about Travis even though they had barely met. When she thinks that her dog ...more
Natalie Herzer
I was thoroughly disappointed with this one.
The story was long-winded to say the least, the plot was utterly predictable and the characters were so stereotypical, shallow and unrealistic that it hurt.
The female main character cheats on her boyfriend (!!!) all the while being annoying and doing the whole 'Oh, surely we can be just friends, right?' before going ahead and inviting the male main character over for dinner. Right.
As for the 'hero'...utter perfection of course (not) and a small town v
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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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