First Published: 1996
Pages: 272 pgs.
“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. The romantics would call this a love story, the cynics would call it a tragedy….” (The Notebook, pg. 2, Miracles)
Noah Calhoun is an ordinary man who falls in love with the girl of his dreams at the age of 17. It was a brief summer love, and they are soon separated by fate. For Noah, the separation does not mar his feelings as he remains still very much in love with that girl who has now become just a ghost of his memories. After 14 years of living in the past, the girl suddenly appears on his doorstep and the story of Noah and Allie begin to unfold….
The Notebook is a story about love in its purest form, the devotion of a man to the love of his life, come what may, as he braves through the many obstacles that life throws his way. It’s a story about soul mates whose love knows no boundaries, their feelings for each other bound so strong that makes it possible for even the smallest of miracles to happen. It is a book that takes the reader through an emotional journey that would move even the toughest of souls.
Okay, before I go on further with the mushy stuff, I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of sappy romantic novels (I prefer love with a bit of bite – like Bella and Edward’s of Twilight). I had trouble getting past the first half of the book but I have to admit that this book really touched me in the end. Sparks is a great storyteller who has distinctively captured the essence of true love. I would definitely recommend this to all the hopeless romantics out there and what more with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this would be the perfect tool to reignite the passion for your loved one. Happy Valentine’s Day in advance everyone!