A Nicholas Sparks Book: The Perfect Beach Read.

26 May

When I was in Florida, I vowed to read one Nicholas Sparks novel. I’m a fan of Nicholas Sparks’ books (even though they have pretty much the same plot line). However, they are the perfect beach reads, and sometimes a light, cute romance is just what I need.

I settled on The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. Surprisingly, I wasn’t a fan of the last third of the book since it just felt so unrealistic. Granted, I know that all of Nicholas Sparks’ books are usually pretty unrealistic as it is. It’s why his books make perfect movies….because they portray the kind of true love that we all want but few ever find. However, that being said, either way I’m a fan of reading love stories. I have lots of Nicholas Sparks books on my bookshelves, and 95% of my movies are romances. Yeah, yeah, I know. I just can’t help it.

Anyway, here’s the summary of The Choice (according to Amazon.com):

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 heart wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

As I said, I enjoyed the first 2 parts of this book. I always love reading how Nicholas Sparks writes the beginnings of love. Though often it feels “too good to be true,” I’d be lying if I didn’t sit and smile at the scenes that are just so cute. I mean yes, I don’t doubt that most almost-20 year olds would tell you that they wished they could have a love like the stories of love in Nicholas Sparks books. Who wouldn’t want that? Though Sparks’ book do hold a certain level of unrealistic tendencies, there is a reason why Nicholas Sparks is a New York Times Bestselling author. Women love reading about love stories. That’s a fact (well, for most women anyway). Though they may seem unrealistic, the stories are also cute, popular, and great stories to lose yourself in when you’re sitting on the beach with your toes in the sand.

So what is YOUR perfect beach read?

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8 Responses to “A Nicholas Sparks Book: The Perfect Beach Read.”

  1. Amanda May 26, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    I have never read a Nicholas Sparks book, but have seen many of the movies that are based on them. Perhaps since I am traveling to FL tomorrow, I should download one for my Kindle.

    • ameliaclaire92 May 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

      I definitely recommend one. They are perfect beach reads! 🙂

  2. Vicki Winslow May 26, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Possession, by A. S. Byatt! Not exactly light, but wonderful. A love story within a love story, wherein academic types try to unravel the relationship of the pre-Raphaelite poets they’re studying.

    Or one of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. Ranger!

    • ameliaclaire92 May 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      I’ll have to check these out. 🙂 A love story within a love story sounds like my kind of read.

  3. missscarlet88 May 26, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    I love a good Nick Sparks as well. I read The Choice last summer while on vacation and I have to agree with you. Just not so good. The perfect beach read is something that I can devour, so as sophomoric as it sounds…The Hunger Games. Phenomenal series that you can finish in a matter of days.

    • ameliaclaire92 May 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

      I didn’t like The Choice as opposed to many of the other Nicholas Sparks books. My favorites are True Believer, A Bend In The Road, and Three Weeks With My Brother. So great. I’ve tried to get into The Hunger Games, but I just can’t seemed to get hooked.

  4. dailyobservations2012 May 30, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    ‘A Bend in the Road’ is the first Nicholas Sparks book I ever read. I really liked it. I enjoy his books after I’ve read a a few ‘heavier’ books and want a quick, more relaxing read in-between. Or as you and many others refer to them, ‘The Perfect Beach Read’. 😉

    • ameliaclaire92 May 30, 2012 at 10:58 am #

      I’m the same way. I like to read something “heavier” and then move to a Nicholas Sparks book when I need something quick and light. And I loved “A Bend in the Road” as well. I think my favorite is “True Believer.” I recommend it if you haven’t read it.

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