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,power to you!When I heard the plot an old man is reliving his personal history with the love of his life as she suffers from dementia I had much hope for a touching story Esh I was sorely disappointed.My favorite memory is reading the scene between the two young (and I'm assuming attractive) loversthey are in a boat on a lake, romantic setting, yes? It starts to rain She's wearing a white dress We have to get you inside where it's warmbetter remove those wet clothes, you'll catch a cold Commence eyerolling now.After reading the book, I passed it on to my now husband, who was also on the train Keep in mind, there were no other English options! He starts to comment, Oh, they're on the lake in a boatokay, it's rainingoh geeze, why do you girls read this crap?And that's what I think about this bookwhy would anyone read this (unless there were no other choices)?!? 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 bigass 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 I have rated many books as a 4 or 5, and this book pisses me off to no end because it had the audacity to waste my time as a reader. 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’sannoying than cute So there is too much of that.Also, the plot is so weirdly shaped It starts with Noah as an elderly, in the first person, then it continues in the 3rd person with Noah in his thirties, and it finally ends with elderly Noah in the first person again I know why the author did that and it’s pretty ingenious when you globally think about it… but reading it is a different story The 3rd person part of the story is cut at the most decisive moment and that is utterly outraging Moreover, when Noah sees Allie again, she is engaged to a super rich attorney That super rich attorney, to whom I forgot the name of, is madly stressed out when he discovers that Allie has been with Noah the whole time she claimed to needing time to make some purchases in a specific city So what does he do? He runs to her and tries to win her back! But does he ever turn against Noah? Bah! Noah is an angel, how can anyone despise him?And finally, the mother Allie’s mother She disapproved of them as a couple when they were in their teen years, but nowthan a dozen years later she doesn’t even blink when she learns Allie has gone back to Noah and never tries to talk Allie into going back to her super rich attorney So not realistic Basically, this book is made of rainbows and sunshine Not my favorite combination I expected less of that.Sigh. well, i was promised tears and, unfortunately, my eyes are as dry as the sahara i will say that i think the story itself has an unbelievable amount of potential its the execution that leaves much to be desired i just couldnt believe the connection between noah and allie and i think its because we dont see any of their history sure, the reader gets the jist of it as noah is sitting on his porch and thinking about the past but its all dry facts told to the reader, not first hand experience this novel takes place over a day and a half in the present, 14 years after noah and allie meet/separate this should have started when noah and allie first met i want to experience their summer together i want to see what happens when allie leaves i want to worry for noah as he goes off to war and i want to know what they have been doing these past 14 years everything is just so underdeveloped i havent seen the film, but i have seen the trailer, and that hasemotion than this entire book put together because it actually tells the story of noah and allie which is what this book should have done ↠ 3 stars 4 Stars Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den Sweet and romantic, but I liked the movie muchIn fact, I LOVED the movie and watched it before reading this In the movie, the characters of Noah and Allie hadintensity 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 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.We sit silently and watch the world around us This has taken a lifetime to learn It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence It is a waste, for silence is pure Silence is holy It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for , that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that's what you've given to meWe fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created For me, love like that has only happened once, and that's why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory I'll never forget a single moment of it.So it's not gonna be easy It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you I want all of you, forever, everyday You and me everyday.I love you I am who I am because of you You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life I will always be yours COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER: I do not hold the copyright to any of the images used in this review They are posted to add visuals to the review and for fun If any of these images are yours and you would like me to remove them, please let me know, and I will do so as soon as possible If I can identify the copyright, I will do so. 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.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 any 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 out of you until you resemble The Ice Man or boring you to death Really, those are the only two options you’ve got with this book Who can stand to see something as cute as that kitten up there all day every day? You need something not so cute to break up the boredom Similarly, in The Notebook, the long, romantic verses filled with poetry and stunning imagery will ultimately become tiresome the longer you read it.Probably it’s just me In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m not exactly the most romantic person out there In my relationship it’s my husband who is the romantic He’s the one that makes me breakfast in bed every single morning and puts a rose from the garden on my tray He’s the one that calls me to see how my day’s gone and sends me soppy, romantic messages If you’re a sentimental, sweet kind of person (two adjectives nobody has ever applied to me) then I’m sure you’d like this book and it would do you justice For those who like a little“action” in the literary sack then this book may tend to waffle on and be overly mushy.Now THAT’Slike it! quite possibly the sweetest love story ever I wept like a baby. A man with a faded, wellworn notebook open in his lap A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn't understand Until he begins to read to her An achingly tender story about the enduring power of loveA man with a faded, wellworn 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 , The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II Noah, thirtyone, 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 memoriesuntil she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again Allie Nelson, twentynine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape 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 Shining with a beauty that is rarely found in current literature, The Notebook establishes Nicholas Sparks as a classic storyteller with a unique insight into the only emotion that really matters 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 And so begins one of the most poignant and compelling love stories you will ever readThe Notebook Seriously, what the fuck was this? 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 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 We sit silently and watch the world around us This has taken a lifetime to learn It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence It is a waste, for silence is pure Silence is holy It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking.