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Previous BRs - Authors; Q - T > Sparks, Nicholas ; The Notebook ; Informal Buddy Read ; Start Date 3 December 2014

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message 1: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (last edited Nov 03, 2014 01:26AM) (new)

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What is a Buddy Read?

This is an "Informal Buddy Read"
An “Informal Buddy Read” doesn’t have a discussion leader and participants are asked to consider some generic questions when making comments about the book. An example is here.

Book synopsis
Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned form the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories...until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.
Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever


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Moderators of NBRC | 30837 comments Mod
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message 3: by Karen ⊰✿, Fiction Aficionado (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karen ⊰✿ | 14265 comments Mod
Tissues at the ready players!


message 4: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Oh my god, my first Nicholas Sparks book! I'm so looking forward to it.


message 5: by Karen ⊰✿, Fiction Aficionado (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karen ⊰✿ | 14265 comments Mod
Same here Nicole. I've watched two movies based on his books, but this will be my first read :o


Kristin | 840 comments Wow. I read this book probably 10 years ago. I still enjoy his books but not as much as I used to. The Last Song is one of my faves though the movie pales in comparison. But I detest Dear John. But I always loved The Notebook and looking forward to reading it again.


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Tara Bieck | 1259 comments Hmmmm....read this many years ago, so I may be tempted to join in if I can make room for it!


RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) | 4364 comments I just picked this book up. I think I'll join.


message 9: by Karen ⊰✿, Fiction Aficionado (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karen ⊰✿ | 14265 comments Mod
Great :)


message 10: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (everlastinggrace) | 2360 comments I can't resist....I will start this one with you all. I might start a few days ahead and then join in with the discussion.


message 11: by Karen ⊰✿, Fiction Aficionado (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karen ⊰✿ | 14265 comments Mod
Awesome Margaret. I suspect our discussion to be a little different from C&P... haha


message 12: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (everlastinggrace) | 2360 comments I think so, we'll liven it up somewhat, right? lol


message 13: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Hahah. I reckon we'll be hard pressed not to. I have this on my shelves downstairs, actually, so I might start this one with you today also, Margaret.


message 14: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (everlastinggrace) | 2360 comments I downloaded it to my Kindle today....I am reading Olive Kittredge right now, I hope to finish it up by tomorrow and then I'll get started.


message 15: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Fair enough, I still have two books that are kinda unfinished and have been on my currently reading pile for a while anyway...


message 16: by Margaret (last edited Nov 28, 2014 02:34PM) (new)

Margaret (everlastinggrace) | 2360 comments Karen...I am taking a peek at your reviews and books and already I have found a book that sounds really good.....can't wait to try it out. It is The Doctor's Daughter Journey to Justice by Belle Blackburn thanks! lol

oops, my apologies if this thread is exclusive for discussing the book for this thread....I will behave myself :P


message 17: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Nah, don't even worry about it. You've just given me a new book idea, cause I"ve just realised I've only got two buddy reads in the next week :D:D


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Margaret (everlastinggrace) | 2360 comments ONLY TWO? what gives! lol


message 19: by Nicole (last edited Nov 28, 2014 04:11PM) (new)

Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments I KNOW!! Hahah. I often read 4 or 5 books at the same time... It means I have 3 slots free ;)

So if anyone would like to read The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater with me this week, that would be so ace! :D


message 20: by Karen ⊰✿, Fiction Aficionado (new) - rated it 3 stars

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Margaret wrote: "Karen...I am taking a peek at your reviews and books and already I have found a book that sounds really good.....can't wait to try it out. It is [bookcover:The Doctor's Daughter: Journey to Justice..."

I really enjoyed that book and the author is absolutely lovely. I was so happy for her when she got that new cover as the old one was just not selling the book. I hope you like it! Nothing better than reading a book that gets buried by all the better promoted ones out there and discovering a great read :D


message 21: by Karen ⊰✿, Fiction Aficionado (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karen ⊰✿ | 14265 comments Mod
lol Nicole
I've read that one,.... I'll be interested in your thoughts


message 22: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (everlastinggrace) | 2360 comments Nicole...nope I think the book would fizzle in my hands, lol.

Karen: I can't wait to read it and I'll let you know. :)

I'll be starting on The Notebook tomorrow, I took a break in reading to watch The Fellowship of the Ring which I haven't seen in ages! awwwww


message 23: by Karla (last edited Dec 03, 2014 06:28PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Karla I'm going to jump in on this. I've owned the book long enough, I should probably read it already.


message 24: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Just about to start the Notebook now that I've finished another buddy read :D


Karla I'm up to page 76, and so far I am a little disappointed. I really enjoyed the movie, especially the part where (view spoiler) but in the book (view spoiler) I hope it gets better.


Kristin | 840 comments I am hopefully going to start this tomorrow. Sorry I am a bit behind!


message 27: by RachelvlehcaR (last edited Dec 04, 2014 10:34PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) | 4364 comments I just started it. I'm on page 21. Just wanted to give a shout out I am here and reading it. :)


message 28: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments I'm with you, Karla, except I didn't much like the movie and was hoping for the book to be better.

So far... not so much.

What are you thinking of it so far, Rachel?


RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) | 4364 comments Nicole I just finished the book. I'm disappointed by it. There were parts that I found okay, but then other parts I just didn't like at all.

I was hoping for the book to be better too. Way better. I honestly had no desire to read the book. I thought this is a genre I normally don't read, let me give it a shot. I'm disappointed. Still, it's always good to read a book like this because it will make wonderful more appreciated. :)


RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) | 4364 comments Karla wrote: "I'm up to page 76, and so far I am a little disappointed. I really enjoyed the movie, especially the part where [spoilers removed] but in the book [spoilers removed] I hope it gets better."

(view spoiler)


message 31: by Karen ⊰✿, Fiction Aficionado (last edited Dec 04, 2014 11:38PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karen ⊰✿ | 14265 comments Mod
I just started.... and Noah (to the dog but let's ignore that bit...) just said "hey girl...."



*swoon*


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Chapters 1-3

I'm finding it difficult to separate the movie and the book in my mind. I wonder if I had never watched the film what I would think of the book ; because the initial romance has not been explored yet at all and you are left to assume this amazing love story.
In saying that, I do think some of the descriptions Sparks uses are very good and the intensity of their feelings is well conveyed. Such a short book... certainly the ability to have things fleshed out a bit more


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Finished

I'm not sure how I feel about this actually! The story feels unfinished, or just a short story really. I'm not sure how it became so popular and I read some reviews where people felt it was 'magical', and I guess I understand that... but as someone that likes character driven novels this kind of missed the mark for me. I appreciate what Sparks did in only c.200 pages, but the book could have been so much more


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Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments I am so not finishing this book. I was on the fence before, but you guys have just sealed it for me. I have so many more better books I would love to get to the end of instead.


message 35: by Srividya (last edited Dec 05, 2014 05:39AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Srividya Vijapure (theinkedmermaid) | 1160 comments Margaret - As promised I started this one! :)

Chap 1-3

Karen I agree with you on the fact that Sparks does use his words well to convey a depth of meaning. However, this re-read has brought to front certain facts that I probably ignored when I first read it.

(view spoiler)


message 36: by Belle (new)

Belle Blackburn I am not a fan of this book and having read it once, I won't do it again, but was interested reading your thoughts. My teenage daughter was a fan so I read it but found it to be...suitable for a teenage girl. My biggest issue, though, was how he handled Alzheimer's. Having had way too much experience with it I rankled about that. I guess suddenly recovering your mind at the end makes for good movies but it never happens like that.


Srividya Vijapure (theinkedmermaid) | 1160 comments I just finished it! and it was a disappointment.. more because I guess my younger self was too engrossed in being a romantic than considering the truth about the story! :(

Belle I completely agree with what you said. He just hasn't handled Alzheimer's in a realistic way. It seems too romantic and unreal as opposed to what really happens and how each and every person dealing with it suffers. He does touch upon Noah's suffering a little but even that has a touch of 'miracle'! While the last chapter was actually progressing nicely, the end made me want to cry and not because it was emotional but because it was just too fairy-tale like in its presentation!


message 38: by Belle (last edited Dec 05, 2014 07:03AM) (new)

Belle Blackburn I actually was thinking of The Notebook as my mother lay dying. She had just had her 70th birthday. I kept thinking - maybe occasionally a miracle happens and they have a moment of lucidity and my mother will rally to tell me she is not mad at me for the hellish last years and I made the right decisions, etc. and absolve me of every caregiver's guilt, knowing full well it would not. And it didn't happen with my father-in-law and grandmother either, who had it at the same time.


Srividya Vijapure (theinkedmermaid) | 1160 comments Belle I can only imagine your pain! And the anger that this book must have given you at that time..

My friend's mother had Alzheimer's and there is no lucidity whatsoever! I remember the pain through which my friend and his family went through during those days.. all those unfinished conversations, lying in hope for a last lucid moment.. This is why I didn't really like the way it was portrayed here. When I read it first, I had no clue about Alzheimer's, therefore I guess I was happy that they had this miracle but knowing more about it today, I feel that it was handled a tad bit insensitively! However, it is a story and like most stories, it needed a happy ending or whatever happy ending it could get in the process.. all's fair in fiction, I guess! I would have liked it better if he had stuck to reality instead of infusing miracles into it!


message 40: by Belle (last edited Dec 05, 2014 07:18AM) (new)

Belle Blackburn Yes, you have seen it too. I think early in the disease they have those moments but not in the late stages. Life is a piece of cake now! We saw a video the other day from 1997 and I was marveling at how much younger I looked but ultimately said I would not go back to that body if it meant I had those next five years ahead of me again. Hardest thing I have ever done. But I digress! I hijacked the thread so back to the book...


Karla RachelvlehcaR wrote: "Karla wrote: "I'm up to page 76, and so far I am a little disappointed. I really enjoyed the movie, especially the part where [spoilers removed] but in the book [spoilers removed] I hope it gets be..."

I know! It was just so unbelievable! I would have freaked out if that had happened to me. I also had a problem with (view spoiler)


message 42: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (everlastinggrace) | 2360 comments Well, I am glad that I abandoned the book after all! After reading the posts so far I don't feel so bad, I left from the buddy read quietly so that I wouldn't discourage anyone. I did not like the writing, too pretentious for my taste. Fun tagging along to see what your perceptions are.


message 43: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Me too, Margaret!


message 44: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (everlastinggrace) | 2360 comments lol....good I am not alone :)


message 45: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments .... I don't suppose anyone would like to see if A Walk to Remember by him is any better?


Kelly (ladykatala) | 5020 comments Nicole wrote: ".... I don't suppose anyone would like to see if A Walk to Remember by him is any better?"

Oh, I loved that movie. I've been meaning to read the book.


Srividya Vijapure (theinkedmermaid) | 1160 comments Oh no Nicole... I had loved that book and movie as well!! I am not sure if I am in for another round of disappointment! Lol

Margaret - that was pretty sneaky of you to drag me in and disappear! :) :)


message 48: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (everlastinggrace) | 2360 comments Srividya....I know, I know! lol...what were you thinking? (a little projection there) hehe

Nicole: Now, don't lure me into reading A walk to Remember, I get a feeling I'll have the same reaction. Maybe I'll stick to his movies, of which I have never seen, by the way. :D


Srividya Vijapure (theinkedmermaid) | 1160 comments Margaret.. Lol. I have one disappointed read under my belt and now am wondering whether I should really revisit my old ratings to see what happens ;)


message 50: by Karen ⊰✿, Fiction Aficionado (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karen ⊰✿ | 14265 comments Mod
Lol Margaret!
I cried like a baby when I watched A Walk to Remember. I had free tickets and expected to find it a bit silly so I'm slightly embarrassed to admit I later bought the DVD and soundtrack.....hahaha

Belle - nice to see you here. Actually, Margaret found your book on my shelves and decided she was going to read it. And I love your new cover :)


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