The Notebook/ The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000Q67J66/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FBJAEQ/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

How I Read It: Audiobook/Ebook/ Print

Dates Read: 6/2/19-6/6/19

Okay, so I am pretty sure this is the one that everyone is looking forward to. If you have not seen The Notebook, 1) what rock did you come out of? and 2) GO WATCH IT. It is by far the best romantic movie out there, fight me. With that being said, The Notebook actually began as a book, and we all know that books are the masters of the universe, so here we are to talk about it.

Now, I know what you are thinking, what the heck is The Wedding, and why am I tainting a review of The Notebook for the sake of this book. Well, ladies and gentlemen, there is actually a sequel to The Notebook (and trust me, no one was more shocked than me when I found out). The Wedding actually follows the love story of Noah’s daughter and son-in-law, but I am getting ahead of myself. Anyway, it will all make sense.

Okay, so The Notebook. An older gentleman reads to an older woman in a nursing home out a notebook. It follows the story of Noah and Allie when they reunite years after their teenage romance. The story travels along the path of those faithful nights in the house Noah renovated.

The Wedding talks about finding ways to be reconnect with your spouse after spending too much time at work or with the kids and not enough time enjoying time with the other. It is the story of falling in love again with a wedding overarching the whole story. Plus, Noah is constantly there to give advice that he learned from his time with Allie.

I managed to read The Notebook in 2 days, which, if I hadn’t finished A Bend in the Road that day, I probably would have been able to finish it in 1 day (humble brag). The Wedding took forever for me to get through. This is something that I am quickly beginning to realize from Nicholas Sparks, his early stuff, while quick to read, is often lacking in details and events, while his newer stuff takes longer to read but you get more out of the experience.

Personally, I was disappointed with The Notebook. I just felt like (and trust me, this feels extremely sacrilegious to say) the movie did it better. The movie was more fleshed out, there was more of the story to cling on to, and they did an incredibly good job of following the book head-on. I enjoyed The Wedding, though I think the element of the swan was a little too much (you’ll get it when you read it). But I think the story itself was cute and fun, and I can imagine myself picking it up and reading it again.

The Notebook (2004)
https://www.amazon.com/Notebook-James-Garner/dp/B000683VI4

“… I want you. Forever. You and me. Every day.” Oof, I didn’t expect to come home and cry today, but here we are. I genuinely love this movie, (P.S. only like $4 to rent on Amazon, tell your friends) and more importantly, my mom always loved this movie. I remember watching this movie with her whenever it came on ABC Family (back when it was called ABC Family, I know, I’m old), and we would look each other dead in the eye and say that quote to each other. The movie is always a classic to me, and I am so grateful for the movies that have those memories with my mom.

The only part that I am iffy about is the ending. I cannot tell if they took a creative freedom on the ending or not, and so I can’t tell if I need to write a strongly worded letter to a movie director or not. But the other hour and 50 minutes is pure gold, and you should watch it. Like right now, you should watch it.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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