I decided to take a break from all the heavy-weight Classic Romances from my reading list and turn to something more YA-ish romance novel of the 90s.
‘The Notebook‘ is a simple read, oozing of the mush with a certain depth and perspective on love. We begin with an old man reading from his journal, more like recounting his story with the woman of his dreams, to an ailing old woman in front of him.
This book ticks all the necessary boxes in a Nicholas Sparks’ book. The graph curves up and down and if you are an ardent fan of his books or movies based on his books, you will be able to predict the trajectory.
Noah and Allie were the young sweethearts who met one summer and went their separate ways until some fourteen years later when they met again. The sparks had to fly once more. However, the twist in the tale, Allie isn’t so sure about Noah. Of course, the rich-poor thing plays with the family.
Then one day, Alzheimer’s come lurking in the beautiful haven created by the two. You realize there are two stories within one, the young couple’s love story and an older one’s struggle to cope with illness, old age, and loneliness. The story in the old raggedly-looking notebook is an attempt to bring back the ailing old woman’s memory.
For one thing, this book has such a heart-touching prose, the quotes on love, separation, and grief are sure to stay with you for a long time.
“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.”
While reading, honestly though, I wasn’t as invested. Probably for all the other Nicholas Sparks novel-based movies that I have binge-watched on was the reason! And, from that list, I would say, ‘Message in a Bottle‘ remains my favorite to date!