The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks is a short (99 page) novel about the power of love. Unlike the movie, which I’ve seen as well, this book starts when Noah and Allie are older. As with the book, it begins with Noah telling Allie a story, but the story begins when Allie comes to see him after reading about him restoring a house in the newspaper. Noah and Allie loved one another as teenagers, but were separated by her parents. Years later, they find each other and fall in love all over again; and Allie must choose between making everyone else happy and making herself happy.
This book was quite sad. It did bring a tear to my eye and make me think about how hard the decision must have been for Allie. It also made me realize that love can really conquer any obstacle, and Allie and Noah would have done anything to be together. It wasn’t insanely predictable, like some other books can be, but it wasn’t too surprising that Allie stays with Noah.
I loved this book. My boyfriend got an earful about how great it was after I finished. I do wish it would have been longer though.