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Friday, December 15, 2006

The Notebook

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful:

May 23, 2005

It takes a certain kind of reader to enjoy a Nicholas Sparks book like "The Notebook". Basically it takes someone who can overlook the pedestrian writing, the cliche characters and story, and the lack of anything to say that hasn't been said before. That's not me.

"The Notebook" is like that old security blanket or favorite stuffed toy we all had as a kid. It's warm and fuzzy and doesn't challenge us or threaten us. It's comfortable and familiar. It won't make you think, but it will reach for the lowest common denominator and tug at your heartstrings.

In other words, if all you're looking for is something warm and fluffy to read on the airplane or beach then "The Notebook" will do nicely. It won't challenge your view of reality or burst your bubble. And if you're in a certain kind of mood the end might make you cry. (I was not in that mood.) It's a book that doesn't take risks in any way. So if that's all you want, it will fit the bill.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. We all have different needs and goals. Some people have thrown off the security blanket and prefer to take some risks. Some people prefer substance and quality writing. But many people don't and that's perfectly fine too. Just decide what kind of reader you are and what kind of reader you want to be before deciding if "The Notebook" is right for you.

That's as helpful as I can be.

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