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A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn't understand. Until he begins to read to her. The Notebook is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love, a story of miracles that will stay with you forever. Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published March 6th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published October 1st 1996)
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Nicole
Dec 05, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one!
I love the movie, but if you think that was sappy, do not pick up this book. I heard Nicholas Sparks had a knack for sap, but I almost drowned in it and felt no spark at all. The book was so frustratingly simple and obvious and laid out. The dialoque droned. I'll come back and add a real quote, but it was something like this:

"Do you want to stay for dinner?" he asked, wondering what she would say.
"Okay," she said, and than asked, "What should we eat?"
"Crabs," he said.
She never had crabs. They b
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Stacey
Aug 06, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book on a train from Italy to somewhere else in Europe after graduating from college. I was unfortunate enough to be forced to buy it because there were no other English Language novels to choose from.

I know this is a beloved book, by a beloved author, but if I could give it any sort of negative rating, I would. The "Gag me with a spoon" category is almost too kind. My apologies to any one who likes Nicholas Sparks - if you're able to find the genius in his writing, more power to you
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Lola
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soul-mates

I’m just gonna say it: I expected less.

Not being inexperienced in the reading of Nicholas Sparks novels, I somewhat knew this book would contain tons and tons of corny and cheesy replies and gestures. But NOT in every. single. paragraph. I’m not one to discard the idea of soul mates, after all the young adult readings that I have done, but when something is too wonderful and perfect, it’s more annoying than cute. So there is too much of that.

Also, the plot is so weirdly shaped. It starts with No
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Becky
Jul 20, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the chicken soup for the soul crowd
This is the worst book I have EVER READ. And the fact that this guy is so popular continues to astound me. I would give it less than zero stars if I could. My sister tricked me into reading this book, and I wish I could gain that time back into my life so I could read a different book. This book teaches you that ANYONE could write a bestseller. Just be sappy and corny and have one big-ass deus ex machina and you're all set for stardom. As you can tell, I don't read shit that I think I won't like ...more
Kat Kennedy
Have you ever come across something so undeniably cute that you feel like you may be crushed by the weight of squee that’s about to explode from you chest.

”cute”/
Kind of like when you see this?

That’s what reading The Notebook was like. The romantic tone of The Notebook was both its greatest asset and biggest downfall. Nobody wants to be crushed by squee anymore
than they want to drown in their own tears and The Notebook wants to destroy you. Never doubt that. Whether it’s leaching your bodily liquids o
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 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
4 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Sweet and romantic, but I liked the movie much more. In fact, I LOVED the movie and watched it before reading this. In the movie, the characters of Noah and Allie had more intensity and passion. It is one of those rare moments, for me, when the movie was better than the book.

There are some great quotes in this book though. These were my favourite:

"I am a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedic
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Books Ring Mah Bell
Sep 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
quite possibly the sweetest love story ever. I wept like a baby.
jen
Jul 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This is my favorite love story ever. It shows what true soul mates are. (I also loved the movie as much as the book.) If you don't cry when you read this then something is wrong with you. I think that you can love someone like ally did the lawyer, but only true love with your soul mate like with Noah. People who don't like this book have never truely been loved, because if you have it hits home.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

"I am a common man with common thoughts, and I've l
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Aishu Rehman
I loved this book!!! I would recommend it to anyone, and it's by far the best romance book I've ever read. It's one of my favorite books, in general, ever!!! I’m pretty sure some guys would like it, too. I just watched the movie, and that was really good too! And like my eighth grade English teacher said, it included everything that was in the book, which is really rare! I loved them both. I don't know which I liked better; the book or the movie! Maybe the book, but only because you get to see h ...more
Laura
Mar 30, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Vanessa bought me this book after I watched Fracture and developed a serious crush on Ryan Gosling. Well, that led me to this movie and, unfortunately, this book. How does this man have a career as a writer?! Who is paying him to write stories with the most obvious choices in plot/dialogue/decisions. Wow. Lowest common denominator.
Carolyn
Dec 13, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Tracy Rupple, and no one else.
I read this book because my sister loved it. It made me sad. Not because it was a sad story, but because it was so poorly written.

This Sparks character had a fantastic idea for a story, a truly painful and passionate story of love and devotion. But the book? It was like my 14 year old nephew watched this brilliant movie, then tried to write about it on his myspace blog. It was butchered by an appalling lack adjectives and an appalling lack of emotion. Sad.

The fact that so many people are willi
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Muphyn
Aug 10, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Muphyn by: Miss Bookiverse
Besides the awful writing style (just to mention unimaginative, spiritless and full of clichés), I found the story just a little too contrived and far too predictable. I couldn't get over the premise where Noah and Allie meet when they are teenagers, spend one summer together and meet again after 14 years to realise they are still utterly in love?! What?!

It irritated me to no end that Sparks felt the need to not leave anything unexplained, describing things in excruciating detail, boring me but
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Crystal Starr Light
Well, that's one author I can cross off my "to-read" list.

Noah and Allie fell in love one summer when he was 17 and she 15. She leaves, and fourteen years pass before Allie, now engaged, returns to Noah. Are they still in love? Will she marry her over-working fiance, with whom she shares a passionless relationship and who keeps her from pursuing her passion of art? Or will she choose Noah, the boy she spent a grand total of one summer with and lost her virginity to (and hasn't had sex with anoth
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Tylah Marie
***** 4.5 STARS *****

I first read this book when I was about 15 so this was almost not memorable for me though I’ve watched the movie thousands of times. (Even in the middle of reading this book this time around just because I wanted to double up being all in my feels.)

This book is just.... beautiful. The way Allie and Noah’s love for each other just spills out of the pages is just magical. I feel just so grateful to be able to read their story. Letter writing really knows how to tear at my hear
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Tahera
“I am nothing special; of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”

A beautiful, emotional, intense and passionate love story 💖 💖!
Abby
Apr 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I didn't love this book, even though every other girl on planet earth does. Here's the deal: it's an old guy at the end of his life, showing how undyingly committed and in love he is with his elderly wife, who is dying of Alzheimer's. Sweet, right? Except here is how he shows his love: every day, he reads her the story of their love. It involves hooking up as teenagers, then being apart without communication for years and years, yet yearning for one another while sleeping around with other p ...more
Dana
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: true love lovers, people who believes that true love will surely return to you one day
Recommended to Dana by: Anupama P
Does such true love really exist? Nicholas Sparks, all I can tell is that your wife Cathy has been lucky to marry you!I cried like a baby.Yes, true love will return to you, maybe not in a very perfect condition, maybe with a fiancee, maybe not with a good heart, but surely it'll return.
Jane
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Where I got the book: I have absolutely no idea what this was doing on the Shelf of Shame. I'm really hoping it was a freebie from some event, because seriously, I wouldn't have bought it would I? Another Bad Book Buddy Read with Crystal Starr Light.

Bottom line:



Well, there's no accounting for taste, and if you like sappy Twoo Luv stories this is your man. My mileage varied, mostly because I was reading critically with ALL my teeth and claws out, so I'll forgive you if you enjoyed it because yeah
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Colleen
Jun 18, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantics, family of Alzheimer's
As an author, I learned that this romantic, simple style is not my cup of tea. Although I enjoy cheesy comedies (the work of Capra springs to mind), I don't yearn to write them myself. The original love story of this novel was a little too pat and plain-- it was too clear that this was the love of a lifetime. Perhaps I'm jaded, but I really think a lifetime of love is more irritating-- after all, no two people can be absolutely perfect for each other. In fact, that irritation and friction, and l ...more
Fuzaila
The Notebook is the sappiest, cheesiest, most….er, romantic book I might’ve ever read. Nicholas Sparks weaves romantic lines from the simplest of words and they turn out cringey and good at the same time.

So, why the four stars? This book was given to me by my uncle when I was barely fourteen. I remember reading it then and wondering if he had actually read it, and then thinking that if he had, then he must consider me mature enough to read this book, and feeling quite proud of the fact. Back th
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*3.5 / 5 stars

Is The Notebook sappy? Yes. Cheesy? Yes. And romantic? Also yesss.

I would say that I like this book and do I like it as much as I like the movie? No, of course. In the book, I think it would be better if the author told more details about the summer Allie and Noah spent together because when I read about this in the book, I really don’t understand why they loved each other that
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Frankie Lovely
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movie-was-better
1 star

In a Word : boring

Initial thoughts

*Opens book*
*Reads book*
*Wonders if watching paint dry might actually be more exciting*
*Closes book*
*Yawns*

The Story

We’ve all seen the movie right? So it's that... but with all the emotion sucked out of it.

Pros

The beauty of lifetime love was represented in this story. The kind of love that leaves you falling in love with that person every day no matter what life brings your way. Like, real life love.

Cons

The romance was a snooze fest.

So here’s wha
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Anish Kohli
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
*looks at his own rating nervously* Are you guys gonna hate me? Bash me? No? Good! Bcz one needs to have the freedom to dislike or hate any book, no matter how well received it is in general.

I picked this book bcz of a suggestion and well, as the rating tells you, it didn’t work out well. Not that I hated the book but I found it to be like an incessant droning voice. If anyone, most of you, like or love how this book reads, I am truly happy for you but for me personally it was so so so bland tha
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Arlene
Feb 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, read-2009, adult
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is a story about two teenagers from opposite sides of the track who meet one fateful summer and fall in love for a lifetime. This novel was engaging and steady paced. I was able to read it in one sitting as I was drawn into the lives of Noah and Allie. Nicholas Sparks has created a poignant story about two people who try to recapture the love they once shared despite the passage of time.

Noah Calhoun is a simple boy with simple dreams. He loves poetry, his life in
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Lo Bookfrantic
4.5⭐⭐⭐⭐Stars

I actually liked that I watched the movie before reading the book (I know I am shocked lol 😂). The narrator was on point and made me feel a lot. I might have fell asleep with teary eyes or with waterfalls... Same difference whatever lol 🙄🤔😒😂 hahaha

Listening to the audio copy, I can't stop picturing Ryan Gosling 😝


Tara
Mar 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes

I suppose [my life] has most resembled a blue chip stock: fairly stable, more ups than downs, and gradually trending upward over time. A good buy, a lucky buy, and I've learned that not everyone can say that about his life.

"A living poem" had always been the words that came to mind when he tried to describe her to others.

Our lives can't be measured by our final years, of this I am sure.

We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only
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April
Oct 02, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one with a brain
Shelves: absoluterubbish
I have, in my lifetime, come across so few people that I can honestly say the following about "Straight to a fault". Mr. Sparks steals the cake in this book. Not only does he play up to every hopelessly/sappily romantic notion pop-culture has ever churned out for women over the age of 10, he does this in a sexist/uber macho yet trying to come of as sweet but rough around the edges kind of way. Oh male privilege.... If you want to write from a woman's perspective, you should maybe have the foreth ...more
Fizah(Books tales by me)
So if you are following me for long, you know I have a strange relationship with Nicholas Sparks books, I watched all of the adapted movies 5-6 years back and loved those, I wasn’t into English books reading back them. A walk to remember was my first Read and my favourite on of his. I also enjoyed Dear John but after that, all of the other started to feel the same. So I took a break a few months ago, Recently I decided to give Notebook a try( Notebook was the only movie I didn’t like, It was ove ...more
Calista
A good quick read. I enjoyed the telling of this book. I saw the movie first and I like the ending of the movie better. I thought the ending of the book was strange and cheesy. The relationship of Noah and Ally is better in the book. This is a classic love story. Noah is the main character and falls for Ally. They have a beautiful relationship and his love is pure and deep. It is a short book and you can read it in one or two sittings. This is an enjoyable read. If you can't stand any kind of mu ...more
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