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 sFirst 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....more