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Book Review: The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Title: The Choice
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Year of Publication: 2007
Genre: Fiction
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: In his 13th book, bestselling Sparks (At First Sight, etc.) limns the far-reaching implications of several seemingly ordinary choices made by Beaufort, N.C. veterinarian Travis Parker and his next-door neighbor Gabrielle Holland, a physician's assistant and recent arrival. After an inauspicious first meeting where Gabby accuses Travis's boxer of impregnating her purebred collie, the two fall hard for each other. Already dating someone else seriously, Gabby is faced with a dilemma: whether to stick with longtime boyfriend Kevin, or get involved with Travis. The first part of the tale paints a vivid picture of her decision-making process and its effects on Travis and Gabby's lives. That sets up Part II, which takes place 11 years later when Travis faces a life and death decision following a car accident. A tender and moving love story and a quick read, Sparks's latest does not disappoint.

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. *SPOILERS* For example, the main characters fall deeply in love with each other over the course of one weekend. Literally, two days and boom we're in love. And then we find out that Travis and Gabby have been married rather happily for 11 years since that weekend. Really, is that in any way realistic? Also, Travis' "choice" is if he should take Gabby off life support since she's been in a coma for 3 months. And what bothered me was they 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 a week, Gabby wakes up. Deus ex machina anyone? It just seems so silly that everything (minus Gabby going into a coma) works out so perfectly for this coma. 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.

Grade: C

Other Books by This Author: The Notebook and Dear John.
Tags: genre: fiction, review, xxx author last name: r-z

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