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Message in a Bottle

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  225,636 ratings  ·  4,607 reviews
Shimmering with suspense and emotional intensity - takes readers on a hunt for the truth about a man and his memories, and about both the heartbreaking fragility and enormous strength of love.

Nicholas Sparks is our very best chronicler of the human heart. His stunning first novel, The Notebook, has been given by friend to friend and lover to lover all over the world as a t
Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Warner Books (first published April 1st 1998)
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Diana Musakat Well honestly the book is way better than the film, I sometime find it disappointed with the character in the movie, the only the best film of Nichola…moreWell honestly the book is way better than the film, I sometime find it disappointed with the character in the movie, the only the best film of Nicholas Spark is the notebook, and walk to remember and dear john, the rest not really. (less)

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Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks Fans
For those of you (like me) who have seen the movie of the same name starring Kevin Costner, the end of this novel will come as no surprise. I knew what I was getting in for when I started this book and kept the tissues well-stocked. In fact, I had to stop reading it on the bus for fear of crying in public.

Instead of going into a detailed review, I'd like to share with you an excerpt of an interview Nicholas Sparks did with the NY Times after writing this novel. He shares his inspiration but I ha
Ahmad Sharabiani
Message in a Bottle, Nicholas Sparks

Message in a Bottle is the second romance novel written by American author Nicholas Sparks. The story, which explores the romance theme of love after grief, is set in the mid-late 1990's, then-contemporary Wilmington, North Carolina. The 1999 film Message in a Bottle produced by and starring Kevin Costner, is based on this novel.

عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «پیامی در بطری»؛ «پیغام اقیانوس»؛ «نامه ای در بطری»؛ نویسنده: نیکولاس اسپارکس؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز ششم
Apr 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
I bought this book used for fifty cents at a book sale.

I'm glad I didn't spend more money on it. What a disappointment. It dragged pretty much through the entire book & then BLAM, the end SUCKED so hard it just pissed me off & any good feelings I'd had from this book were quickly forgotten.
Poetic cell
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I was looking for a good book to bring on my summer vacation about a week ago and staring at my book shelves for more than thirty minutes, I had no clue what to do. I usually pick a few books that catch my eye and suit my mood and I guess I just get a feeling for the right one. But this time, I was very uncertain just like I had been about everything that day. Eager to suppress these emotions, I decided to bring a random book. Something I would never do, that's for sure, but hey, never say
Aishu Rehman
Second chances,
Sometimes you never know if your given the blessing of having love a 2nd time only to loose it again.
This book inspires you to look at life differently and appreciate what you have before it is taken away from you!
The small things become those that you treasure the most. I finished this the night.
Thank you for this emotional loving book!
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbtr
I read this immediately after A Bend in the Road so Garrett's wife's death is very similar to Miles' wife but here there was no mystery but lot of love and sadness. The story starts while a success columnist who at 36 is divorced with a 12 years old son is vacationing and comes across a message in a bottle and the content is so full of raw emotions that she can't help but cry. And soon somehow it finds way to her column and soon she finds there are other letters which people found similarly to h ...more
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-novel
If you thought "The Notebook" was a tearjerker, then get ready to have a hanky on hand and be on an emotional rollercoaster ride with Sparks's second star-crossed love story, "Message in a Bottle".

When Theresa Osborne takes a much-needed summer holiday at Cape Cod, she finds a lot more than a break from the hustle and bustle. On an early-morning jog along Cape Cod Bay, she comes across a corked bottle with a scrolled-up message inside that reads, "My Dearest Catherine, I miss you." Subsequent p
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nicholas Sparks' second novel (after the Notebook). A classic love story. ...more
Megan Mweemba
Jan 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Since I don't really have time and don't want to write a detailed review, I'll just say a few things...

1. I didn't really like this book as much as some of Sparks' other novels. I'm not sure why...

2. I would give this book three and a half stars, still, because it was still good.

3. One thing that really bugs me is that i almost feel like Sparks thinks he needs to write an explicit sex scene to sell something. Out of all his books that I know of, A Walk To Remember is his only one thr doesn't.
Veronica Alvarez
Sep 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021-books
Another books from Nicholas, and another of the same type

At this point, I don’t feel the need of keep reading his books, I’m pretty sure its just the same book over and over again.

This is his first novel and it shows, because:

1) The way its written

2) One of the worse books I’ve read by him

I don’t even know where to start with this book.

The plot of this book, its very not realistic, and sometimes I have problem with it, because at the end of the day it’s a romance and it should be realistic, but
Tạ Hương
Sep 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: none
Two questions:

Why does an experienced, professional diver neglect to wear his effing life jacket on a journey that is known to be later than usual, with a storm that is known to be approaching?


How can Garrett write Catherine a line such as, "Before we came together, I moved through life without meaning, without reason. I know that somehow, every step I took since the moment I could walk was a step toward finding you." when they have known and loved each other since (at least) third grade?

Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Written in a very simplistic way, one story line, nothing going on but the conversation or action currently on the page. I can see how it could easily be made into a movie as it is very low on content and high in maudlin emotion. Being a romance it has to have some silly language, in this case the overuse of the word "tightening". Take this line, "The breeze was blowing through her hair, and the sight of it made something tighten in his stomach." If that isn't enough to get you giggling, take th ...more
Oct 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Read this book while vacationing in Cancun in 1998. Read the final page watching the dawn on the beach. Perfect experience!

If I remember correctly, it was one of my favorite books during that time. The book made me compelled to write a letter and throw it out to sea, which I never did.

It's a heartfelt story that should be read. However, it's not memorable because after all of these years, I am not interested in reading it again. It's a one-time-good-book read. If you like Sparks's writing, the
julia cudney
Mar 29, 2022 rated it it was ok
... the woman was too stunned to speak
Shreya Kashyap
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Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Message in a Bottle is the first Nicholas Sparks novel that I have read. I was in high school back then and my mum received a copy of it few years after it was released. I read it for myself and instantly fell in love with the story. Until today, I consider it as one of the best novels of Sparks.

I can still remember how I passionately copy by hand and read over and over again the letters of Garrett to Catherine. As young as 13, I discovered my love of the written language through this unforgetta
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Just like many, if not most, the movie did NOT do justice to this book. Nicholas Sparks wrote a very detailed, vivid story of Theresa and how she found Garrett through clues in the letters that eventually were found offshore. The difference lies in that the characters described in the book were more human, they were much more flawed, but definitely real. The movie portraied Garrett as a victim of the circumstances that was lied to and that somehow did not have any say in what occurred. It also p ...more
Bilal Taibzada
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
okay the old bilal is gone(hes dead i killed him......your welcome)

now me the new bilal is more serious than the old one(could u please stop laughing at my reviews)

message in a bottle is one of the best books ive ever read

these are the main characters

Theresa Osborne
This character works as a columnist for the Boston Times, is recently divorced, and raised her 12 year old son mostly on her own.(main character)

Garrett Blake
This character writes letters to his deceased wife.(main character)

Kevin Osb
Kirti Changlani
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved reading the story. I watched the movie first and I admit it was a mistake. I expected the book to be fast paced too but it wasn't. Even the story is very much different. (SMH). But I guess, that's the best part of being a bibliophile, to be able to know the characters personally; and feel for and with them. I loved the deep and poignant characterization! I deducted one star only because of those too many conversations which lead the story nowhere. This thing can be edited. And I've obser ...more
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 9th-grade
After finishing Message in a Bottle, I am completely speechless. I was unable to put the book down and so eager to continue to learn what will happen next. Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author and after reading this book, I'd say this is his most touching novel I've read so far. A woman, Theresa, is recovering from a divorce. One day, while she was on the beach, she finds something that'll change her life forever. She sees a bottle with something inside--it's a letter. She reads it and tears be ...more
Salman Tariq
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Letters , the thing fascinating about love letters is the marks; deep and long lasting , it leaves not only upon reader's mind but on writer's too . The pain of writing is greater even when inked with love , tender love.
I have been found of writing letters like this , though i gave a failed attempt . When i came across the name of the book, it was a perfect treat .
" note book " is the book for which author is quiet famous for. But this novel is different from typical love stories.
Single mot
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I resisted reading this book for a long time because the movie is one of my favorites. There were differences that, at first, I found difficult, but I got over that without much effort. Having just struggled through a long difficult read of David Copperfield, this read was smooth and easy and fast.

I am a very emotional person and that emotion seems to be more readily let loose now that I admit to getting old. I have always been emotional and have never been shamed by letting others see that emot
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
I remember reading this book a long time ago and I suddenly started to remember it today. I remember that it made my heart ache, and it made me cry so much. Nicholas Sparks does have a way with his stories and I am glad that I gave him a try once upon a time. The ending was extremely sad... so if you're into romances with happy endings, I don't think this book is for you. But if you're into romances with heartbreaking moments and an ending that will have your heart cry out, then you should defin ...more
Loes de Nijs
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s not a single book written by Nicholas Sparks that I don’t like. Their love story was absolutely beautiful and by the end it made me cry. I’m touched by how much love they carry for each other and for the people that they’ve lost. Knowing that the letter from Garret was found by Theresa for a reason is the most romantic thing ever. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time that she believes Garret will get her final message in a bottle.
Erica Odell
This is my first Nicholas Sparks book and it's exactly what I expected, a chick lit romance. Which is fine, because that's what I was looking for.
Reasons I enjoyed the read..
1. I seem to enjoy books that feel like fate or destiny. It gives a magical feel to the book. When events occur because the universe, something beyond our control willed it to happen. Sparks does this when Theresa finds that message in a bottle. A love letter that is so powerful that you cannot ignore it after you've read i
Leo Martin
My Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis: Very Dear John-ish and The Rescue-ish.
I kinda hate this book, but I tell you, this is a touching story. For me, this is the saddest of all the books of Sparks, so far.
An epitome of the world's greatest regret, letting go of someone even if you really love him/her.
Like what I said yesterday, it was hard for me to get in to the book at first but I soon completely fell in to it, holding on to the moments of bliss till the loneliest part of the book. There are a
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read; read for the first time in high school. This was the first ever Nicholas Sparks book I read. I wanted to re-read it before I read Two-by-Two because that remains the last Sparks book I haven't read so wanted to revisit the first book of his that I read. He is by far a favorite of mine and cannot wait for more books from him. ...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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