The Choice by Nicholas Sparks Review

Started: January 13, 2016

Finished: January 24, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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?

This book was…interesting. I love Nicholas Sparks, and I love most of his novels. I read this book because of the new movie coming out, and I loved the first half. I adored Travis and Gabby’s relationship, and if the whole book had been like the first half, it would have gotten five stars from me. I got slightly bored in part two of the book, only because it became tedious.

The actual story didn’t become tedious; I was actually on the edge of my seat for most of it because of Sparks’s superb writing. Travis became the tedious part. I loved him in part one, but in part two he became incredibly annoying.

He had a reason to be, but he was so annoying that I couldn’t attribute it all to his situation. Something about him and his characterization just got under my skin for the majority of part two.

Disregarding that, I loved the story of this novel. It was fantastically plotted and wonderfully written. Excluding Travis, every character seemed to grow and I loved all of them. It’s a great read for romance fans and I can’t wait for the movie.

NEXT READ: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella


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