First off, I only read this book because I wanted to watch the movie. I only wanted to watch the movie because I like Taylor Schilling and wanted to s...moreFirst off, I only read this book because I wanted to watch the movie. I only wanted to watch the movie because I like Taylor Schilling and wanted to see her in something outside of OITNB. So ok, the movie was pretty terrible. Zac Efron is insanely good looking--YES--but should stick to dummy bromance type movies FOR SURE because he's worse than Ashton Kutcher as far as acting goes. Well, it could be a tie, they are both pretty awful. The book though! Nicholas Sparks, man. This guy has got to be laughing all the way to the bank with his stockpile of cheesy, completely unrealistic chick-lit tomes. He's got more than I can count, and more than half have been made into cheesy movies. The Notebook seems to be his crown achievement, if we can even make that stretch. Let's be honest though, if it weren't for Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, would people even like that movie? Let alone the book? Probably not nearly as much!
The Lucky One... Well, it's not brain surgery. Logan is in the army and he finds a lost photograph in the dirt. He keeps it after being unsuccessful with finding out who it actually belonged to. He comes to think of it as a lucky charm because he always has it with him, and keeps narrowly avoiding death while in otherwise very dangerous situations. Oh, he also suddenly starts winning card games with his buddies...gee, must be that random photograph of a total stranger! After some friends die and his tour is up, he decides to track down the mysterious babe in the photo to 'thank her for protecting him'. Yep. But he doesn't take a flight out or do any kind of logical trip planning here. He walks. Yeah, for some reason that sounds like a great idea to Nick Sparks. "He's a tortured war vet now, naturally he must walk across the country whilst doing his soul searching...there's NO OTHER WAY." Oh- and give him a dog. A big German Shepard. Because dogs love to go on walks, especially ones that are thousands of miles long with no adequate food, water or shelter to speak of. I mean, Logan was carrying a big rucksack so I guess we just have to assume it contained like a 40lb bag of dog food in it and plenty of water. So then they make it across the country, and of course he is all "rugged" and dreamy looking and encountered no problems along the way. His walking across the country is brushed aside as a mere eccentricity. He finds the girl in the photo very easily and she conveniently lives on some land that operates a dog kennel type place with her Grandmother. He shows up there and gets a job pretty much instantly. She is hesitant to trust this guy because he just showed up out of no where and, like, doesn't even have a car. The grandma loves him. She's got a young kid who loves him and his dog. Everything's perfect except for Beth's douchey ex-husband, who happens to be the sheriff in town and doesn't take kindly to strangers. Predictable drama ensues. I mean every single scenario that unfolds is 100% predictable. A cheesy story is one thing, but there's not even good writing here. It's not like you're reading it with your mind blown thinking, man! This guy can really turn a phrase! No, when you spend several pages describing (poorly, at that) how someone cooks up a taco dinner there leaves a lot to be desired. It hurts my brain, and my soul, deeply, to know that books like this sell by the gazillions. Thank god for libraries in cases like this. Dear women of the world, please stop making books like this so popular! Please stop perpetuating every single stereotype ever invented and making it so easy for cornballs like Nicholas Sparks to get filthy, disgustingly rich off them. According to Nick Sparks all it takes is a good looking guy to show up out of nowhere, do some physical labor, and be nice to a woman's young child and history is written. Who cares about the rest! Details?! Who needs em! I hate this pandering shit. Makes me feel all dirty and ashamed of myself.(less)
I really wanted to like this, but maybe I am too biased by other similar books and can't help but compare them. Similar to The Hunger Games in a lot o...moreI really wanted to like this, but maybe I am too biased by other similar books and can't help but compare them. Similar to The Hunger Games in a lot of ways, more ways than not for sure, but I liked THG trilogy and this was just cheesy mostly. I'm not even interested in finishing the series because I don't care what happens. (less)
This is really more of a 2 star book for me in terms of how much I liked it and why, but adding one more because of the diverse characters and their b...moreThis is really more of a 2 star book for me in terms of how much I liked it and why, but adding one more because of the diverse characters and their believability. To elaborate, I mean believability in that she paints a very vivid picture and I can actually imagine these characters very well and they feel real to me. That can only carry you so far though when the story drags on and on and on and, oh yeah, this book is over 700 pages! It really could have been more like 300-350, it's not as if the plot was so intricate and deep that 700 pages was called for. At all. Theo seemed like he had potential and was an interesting, likeable character until I'd say he went to Vegas and started killing his brain cells over and over with various teenage cliches. Honestly, there is so much more I hate about this book than I like. The writing in the first several chapters was a kind of hard to follow stream of consciousness back and forth type thing and just flat out irritating. The characters were nicely drawn out but their relationships were not. So many completely unrealistic scenarios, and giant, convenient leaps in what would otherwise be tricky plot turns or maybe a chance to actually carve out a more plausible story...? Pippa? What was even the point? I can't rant and rave without spoilers galore, so here's my in a nutshell review: Boy goes to museum with his mom where freak terrorist incident occurs and she is killed. He has a strange encounter with a dying old man who later plays a huge role in shaping his life. Boy steals a (overrated?) painting from museum, boy spends whole life fretting about what to do with it and where to hide it, boy turns into highly functioning junkie adult, constantly ruminates about the meaning of life and ultimately reveals himself to be a really depressing nihilist! Nothing and no one truly matters because life is a cesspool, la la la. I mean, that's really about it. Oh!! THEN there's the whole thing of his terrible relationship with his louse of a father, and how knowing all the terrible things he's done in his life doesn't seem to deter him from turning into his spitting image as an adult. None of that "learn from their mistakes" stuff here, because having a great Mom didn't help this guy at all. Once she was gone he essentially spit on her memory and turned into a deplorable louse just like his dead beat Dad...right down to the overpriced suits and scamming people instead of making an honest living. The ending sucked and was pretentious as all hell. Long drawn out musings on life and its lessons...kind of hard to take any of it to heart considering who it's coming from. At this point I really hated Theo and just skimmed entire rambling chapters just to get to the end because I was so happy to finish this book and get it over with...
So let me save you some time and dignity: if you are 100 pages in and the BS is already flooring you, don't bother continuing, there's nothing redemptive in the next 600+ pages. (less)