THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE PLOT AND SOME SARCASM (sorry about that)
Title: The Choice
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Year of Publication: 2007
Format: Audio Book
Length: 4 hours and 54 mins
First Line: “Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are those in which the ending is a surprise.”
Summary: Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life — boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies — he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him…and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn’t help. Despite himself, Travis can’t stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?
Review: This was my first time ever reading a Nicholas Sparks book. So I had no idea what his writing would be like. And then of course I just read other reviews that stated this this isn’t a book that they’d give their friend if they wanted the said friend to get into Nicholas Sparks. And frankly, I agree with their assessment. This book wasn’t fantastic. It was just okay. A nice thing about this book was that it’s a light read. A bad thing about this book is that it is hugely unrealistic.
The main characters fall deeply in love with each other over the course of one weekend. Literally, two days and boom they’re in love. Then we find out that Travis and Gabby have been married rather happily for 11 years since that weekend. Is that in anyway realistic?
Travis’ “choice” was if he should take Gabby off life support since she’s been in a coma for 3 months. What bothered me was the doctors move Gabby to the nursing home where the coma patients who were likely not to come out were sent, and after she had been there for a week, Gabby woke up. Deus ex machina anyone?
It just seemed so silly that everything (minus Gabby going into a coma) works out so perfectly for this couple. I really hope this is not a trend in other Nicholas Sparks books. That being said, and that this was the first book by Sparks I have read, I am willing and look forward to reading another one of his books in the future.
Worst part: Can I have some realistic stuff, please? No? Then I guess I’ll take this book.
Best part: That a man could write this kind of stuff.
Recommend For: Those who like books set in North Carolina or if you are thinking of which Nicholas Sparks book to try out first
Other Books by This Author: The Notebook and Dear John.
There will be no review on Friday. I’m moving that day. Thank you all for understanding. Tune in on Monday for our regularly scheduled program! 🙂