**spoiler alert** Synopsis: Wikipedia Chris and Emily, teenagers from the same neighborhood and very close families, have been as close as siblings sin**spoiler alert** Synopsis: Wikipedia Chris and Emily, teenagers from the same neighborhood and very close families, have been as close as siblings since birth, but as teenagers their relationship develops into a romance. When they are seniors in high school, however, both families are called to the hospital: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot to the head, and Chris says the two had intended to carry out a suicide pact.
Every other chapter is a flashback to Emily and Chris's childhood life, leading up to the night of Emily's death. Some scenes include flashbacks on Emily and Chris's life while they were young (best friends) through their teenage years as lovers. It is revealed that, as a result of a dare made by Chris to go into a men's restroom, Emily is molested as a child. It is also discovered that she was impregnated by Chris, but she never revealed it to him because she was afraid that if he knew, he would marry her and insist on having the baby which she did not want. It is also revealed in flashbacks that Emily's feeling for Chris were more sisterly, yet she felt pressured to be with him in a romantic way due to the closeness of their families. She also felt uncomfortable having sex or being touched due to the molestation. She wanted to go to college, not raise a baby and she thought she'd brought shame on her family by becoming pregnant. She went for an abortion but couldn't go through with it in the end as it was a male carrying it out and it brought back flashbacks of her being molested. It was all of these things that made her suicidal.
In the end it is revealed that Emily's death wasn't really part of a suicide pact; Emily asked Chris to kill her because she couldn't do it herself. Chris tried to talk Emily out of it but pointed the gun to her head in the end to bring her out of her misery. Emily placed her hand on the trigger, over his.
My thoughts: I really liked this book. I love Picoult's writing style and how she gives insight into all her characters. It is a rather touching book, but sad as well. This is definietly one of my favorites from Jodi Picoult....more
Synopsis Nicholas Sparks, known as a writer of sentimental romance novels with dashes of magic and suspense, added another such book to his catalog inSynopsis Nicholas Sparks, known as a writer of sentimental romance novels with dashes of magic and suspense, added another such book to his catalog in 2008 with The Lucky One. The novel, which was published during the continued American invasion in Iraq, centers on the experiences of a soldier stationed in Iraq, and adds a political touch to the usual romantic plot line.
Logan Thibault is a former Marine freshly returned from a tour in Iraq. While he was stationed in the Middle East, Logan discovered a lost photograph of a beautiful woman at a fair in North Carolina. When no one claims the photo, he decides to keep it. Soon after this discovery, Logan begins to experience a streak of extremely good luck. He wins at cards, and he also seems to cheat death during violent skirmishes with the enemy. His friend Victor hypothesizes that the picture, signed with an enigmatic "E," is a lucky charm. Logan has his doubts, but keeps the picture safe nonetheless.
Back in the States, Logan finds it hard to return to his former life in Colorado. In order to give his new life some purpose, he decides to backpack across the country and find the woman who brought him so much luck. From the few clues the picture provides, he makes his way, with his German Shepherd, Zeus, to Hampton, North Carolina. After questioning the locals, he learns that his lucky charm is Elizabeth Green, a single mother and teacher living with her grandmother.
Grandmother Nana takes a liking to the young man and gives him a job in her dog kennel. Logan's relationship with Elizabeth is a little more complicated; he has more than a few nasty encounters with her ex, a deputy named Keith Clayton, and finds himself unable to tell her about the photo or its ability to bestow luck. Despite his secret, Logan finds himself irresistibly attracted to Elizabeth and longs to tell her the truth.
When Elizabeth finally discovers the story of the photo, she is scared and enraged. Accusing Logan of stalking, she seems to kill his belief in their destined love. To make matters worse, Logan finds himself in a final, violent encounter with Deputy Clayton. Fortunately, Logan proves he is truly The Lucky One when Clayton dies and Elizabeth realizes that Logan truly loves her.
My thoughts I found this book hard to put down because Nicholas Sparks has this way of writing that, even if you don't find the plot that interesting, you still are driven to know what happens next. This is how I felt during this book. I like a lot of his books, and some miss the mark. This is one of those. None of it seemed to be remotely close to reality. I know that love works in mysterious ways, but I was not impressed with the "walking from Colorado to North Carolina" thing, or the end where the scum bag and awful father is comended for trying to save his son's life. It doesn't make him a good father, at least not to me, when he treated him badly all his life anyway. I liked this book, some parts made me feel happy and I pondered about my love, but after that weared off I was disappointed....more
The beginning of this book was boring to me, and very slow. I wondered why I was even bothering reading it, but then about halfway through it startedThe beginning of this book was boring to me, and very slow. I wondered why I was even bothering reading it, but then about halfway through it started to get good. I could relate to the characters because my fiance lives in a different country, so I understand how hard it is to be separated. The end made me very happy, and I am glad I ended up finishing it. I also loved the sequel At First Sight. ...more
The beginning dragged on so badly that I debated whether or not to even bother. Still, I trudged through hoping that it would get better, and it did.The beginning dragged on so badly that I debated whether or not to even bother. Still, I trudged through hoping that it would get better, and it did. The second half of the book is much more fast paced than the beginning, and trust me, it is worth sticking with. I can't say I loved the book because a lot of it was, as I said, rather boring, but the end was just so beautiful that I couldn't help but feel emotional. It is not his best book but it is a great sequel to The Notebook....more
The back cover says that in this book there will be the rules to be on your way to a lifelong love and committment. These are rules that everyone shouThe back cover says that in this book there will be the rules to be on your way to a lifelong love and committment. These are rules that everyone should follow to be the best person in love that they can be...except there is a problem with this. None of these things are unheard of, and none of these rules are surprising. It seemed like he was stating the obvious more often than bringing something new to the table. It seemed like common sense...I did not learn anything new from reading these rules. ...more