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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  158,970 ratings  ·  7,870 reviews
#1 New York Times bestseller Nicholas Sparks turns his unrivaled talents to a new tale about love found and lost, and the choices we hope we'll never have to make.

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
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published September 24th 2007 by Grand Central Publishing
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Bridgot For the most part I didn't think so but there were some parts that I thought were sad, but it's has a happy ending (:…moreFor the most part I didn't think so but there were some parts that I thought were sad, but it's has a happy ending (:(less)
Sharon Unfortunately not, because Nicholas Sparks doesn't usually do sequels. HOWEVER, get EXCITED because they are making this into a FILM woohooo! The cast…moreUnfortunately not, because Nicholas Sparks doesn't usually do sequels. HOWEVER, get EXCITED because they are making this into a FILM woohooo! The castings are posted on "The Choice" facebook page if you want to see it!(less)

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Laura Cashavelly
Jul 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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? ...more
Dec 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star-reads
This isn't going to be a long review, but it will be a ranting one. Just going to jump right in...

The characters in this book are ridiculous! First Gabby. One word- Annoying! She got on my last nerve. This is going to sound insane, but she thought way to much. The first half of this book is her just thinking... but it's about nothing at all. She just goes on and on and on about any and everything!!!! Then on top of her babbling she was obsessed with making it crystal clear that she had a boyfri
Sep 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
********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
3.5 "beatific part one and mediocre part two" stars !!

This review will consist of two mini-reviews as I feel the quality of part 1 and 2 of the book to be vastly different.

Part 1 4.5 stars !

I picked this up to be my Valentine's read for 2020 and boy did it deliver ! The romance and coziness I felt while reading this was top-notch and ever so sweet. Two young white southerners with good values and character meeting up and falling in love amidst good natured friends and loving family. A clean c
“How far should a person go in the name of true love?”

The Choice. I made the wrong choice when deciding to read this lol. Sadly this was not an enjoyable read at all. It was very boring and extremely predictable! It seemed to go on and on and on. It's bad when you find yourself not caring for any of the characters and your constantly checking to see how much more is left to read. Gabby was just plan and annoying. While Travis was so completely perfect and single!..?. Can you say BORING? I di
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......
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks fans
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Choice, Nicholas Sparks
The Choice is a 2007 novel written by Nicholas Sparks.
Part one: Travis Parker and Gabby Holland set off into an interesting journey of life as neighbors and then young lovers. Travis Parker is a happy man with wonderful friends, a great occupation and an enviable life. He thinks his life is already full of joy and happiness – then Gabby Holland moves in the house next door. What blossoms is an emotional and inspiring love story. It is a story about overcoming barriers
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
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I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the trailer for the movie. But I had to ask a friend if it had a happy ending or a sad one, cause I wanted to be prepared going into it. I usually don't do that but with this author, you just never know!
I loved Travis as a character. He seemed genuinely nice and care-free. I felt that he was a guy enjoyed the pleasures of the world especially when it came to women. He wants to one day settle down but hadn't found
Célia Loureiro
Bilingual review / Opinião bilingue


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
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vivian by: mom
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Apr 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  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
Dec 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
I'm one of the few people on the planet who is not a huge Nicholas Sparks fan, but that said, I liked this book.

This is a book for those times when you just want to sit in front of the fire and read something that isn't too deep. It's a very easy read, something that you can put down when the kids need diapers changed or someone has started a kitchen fire, and when you have the chance to pick it back up, you won't be totally lost.

The story line is easy to follow, not so many characters that thi
Valérie (ValReads)
Travis wants a life with his wife and children, but he didn't find the right one, until one evening, his neighbor Gabby stood in front of him and complained about the dog. Beautiful days passed, years went by and suddenly everything changed. But Travis does not give up, because he now has everything he always wished for. It is a beautiful book, typical Nicholas Sparks. ...more
But what if . . .

No one can write a love story like Nicholas Sparks. There something about the way he tells a story that gets me every single time.

This isn’t my favorite of his books, but it’s one that I still really enjoyed. What made the story great was Travis and Gabby. Their banter and teasing made me laugh and their connection felt natural from the start. They just sort of fit.

It was hard for me to believe that anyone would be ready to say the l-word after only one weekend together th
Paul E. Morph
This was my first Nicholas Sparks (unless you count the movie version of The Notebook) and it was... OK, actually.

Yes, it's schmaltzy but I'm a big ol' softie beneath my tank-like exterior and am not completely averse to some schmaltz from time to time. While this didn't exactly set my world afire, it was quite entertaining and even had some poignant moments. I'll probably read some more Sparks eventually but there're definitely a lot of books in front of it in the queue...
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
I am undone. I finished this General Market novel with tears rolling down my face.

Travis' story begins and ends in 2007, however, the vast majority of the novel takes place in 1996. Travis is established as a veterinarian in his home town and has a great group of married friends. He would love to have a family, but is waiting for the right woman.

The story line and writing are both engaging. I adored Travis' sister Stephanie. And the moment the meaning behind the title, The Choice, became clear,
Shaikha Alahmad
I watched the movie first and I absolutely HATED it, I was VERY very disappointed.
Then I decided to give it another chance since it's about a medical student (kind of obsessed with the concept) and read the book during the summer, just going to be honest here, I couldn't even finish it.
I do feel bad giving this book less than 3 stars but damn Nicholas Sparks, you could do SO much better! The plot actually had potential, it started off as okay but then shit turned bad. 👎🏼
Marie-Eve Côté
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
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 ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread
I loved it. I loved everything about it. So far its the best book I have ever read for Nicholas Sparks❤️.
By the way.. You'll cry a river reading this book..
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
“Spending time with you showed me what I’ve been missing in my life.”

I watched the movie 4,5 years ago so I didn’t remember most of the story. I enjoy Nicholas Sparks writing and the way he put magic in his not-extra ordinary stories, But after reading this book I realised that I should give his books a space now, They all starting to give me same vibes, I read A bend in road and The choice in a month, both stories deals with grown-up people, which is not the thing I enjoyed most, First half of
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Sarah (needs a break from reviewing)
5/5 - I've read a lot of romances, and I mean a lot (over 300), but somehow I've managed to miss reading anything by Nicholas Sparks. I've seen at least four of his movies and really enjoyed them all, so I hope my first experience with a book of his is just as good. To be continued...

6/5 - I'm surprised to learn that I've actually seen nine of Sparks' eleven movies (I didn't realise there were so many of them or that I'm such a sucker for a that kind of movie). The only ones I've missed are Mess
Dec 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love how this book starts out. Gabby accusing Travis of his dog getting her dog pregnant - the banter is just hilarious. The fact that she took Molly to the clinic that Travis works at is hilarious too. Isn't it ironic - it is like fate is putting them together. These two cannot resist each other and are becoming closer and closer. I feel so bad for Travis having to decide to take her off life support or not - even though she wants to be taken off as he will says he just can't seem to do it. W ...more
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Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the n

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