Overall Opinion: A gorgeous story of love and loss. I could have read it in one sitting.
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 from 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.
Finally, a book that is complemented by its film adaption! I’m usually left so disappointed by one or the other, but in this case, I still love both. I’ve seen the movie about 1000 times before reading the book, but I finally to decided that it was time for that to chance, so I picked it up. That was a great idea.
Although there’s not as much content in the book as the film (surprising, I know) the story is woven with such each and clarity, and honestly, it is stunning. I was reading it on the bus, I got misty eyed. In college… Misty eyed… At home… Cried. I just completely fell for the characters’ stories from the very beginning, and although on the surface it seems like a mushy romance novel, there’s so much more going on. The tragedy of losing someone you love to sickness, even though they’re still physically with you everyday is heartbreaking.
The Notebook is an engrossing novel, and at only just over 200 small pages long, it’s definitely a one day binge read!
Read it. Now.
I mean it.