Reading The Notebook for the second time, after finding it just okay the first time, I knew it was different this time. Something in the book touched a chord. The beauty and simplicity of the story won my heart. The gracefulness of the writing blew me away. The beauty of the story…

the notebook book review

The Notebook is undoubtedly one of the most successful works of Nicholas Sparks, author of The Choice, and the movie based on this book is also a successful movie starring Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie.

The author says the beauty of the story lies in how people can connect with it… how everybody has come across a Noah and Allie in their lives.

The story beautifully reminds you of the purest form of love, of the drive towards your passion and the sudden tragedies that splatter throughout your life. What matters the most is what you make out of your life… how you live it. Do you choose the tough but true love? Or do you stay at the conventional path, with somebody always missing in the chapter of your life?

With tears rolling down my eyes, I think of the profound love Noah has for Allie and even though I cannot say anything bad about Noah’s Allie, I still think Noah is the unreal character that every woman dreams of having, at least once in her life. The love, respect, desire and understanding Noah has for Allie – it’s the kind of love fairytales are made of.

“You are the most forgiving and peaceful man I know. God is with you, He must be, for you’re the closest thing to an angel I have ever met.”

Allie, however, with her tendency to cheat… be it her boyfriend in the city or her fiance… maybe the character you really wanted Noah to have but she has her flaws, letting you slip slightly towards reality.

The charm of a love story set in a small town is unbeatable in The Notebook and the beauty of all of it… it’s mesmerising. I wish I could experience this book over and over again… the love, the pain, the desire…

With less than 200 pages, The Notebook is a short yet a wonderful romance novel and I am so glad I read it once and then, re-read it. I would like to do that more often.

“It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.”

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