The Choice Book Review

Posted by Tiff on September 27th, 2007


Novelist Nicholas Sparks, author of ‘The Notebook,’ ‘A Walk to Remember,’ and ‘Message In A Bottle,’ among many others released his latest book called ‘The Choice’ September 25. Naturally, I read it right away.  Given the prologue of the book, the reader is on his or her toes as the pages turn. Something is going to happen, what, you don’t know.

The book is divided into two parts, and in its own sense, it’s like two stories, but wrapped together. Almost as though Sparks had one idea, and halfway through writing, he came up with another. The story primarily follows Travis Parker, who lives in small town Beaufort, North Carolina. Sparks is a North Carolina native, and he bases all of his books in small, often coastal North Carolina towns. ‘A Walk to Remember’ was also set here. In the story of Travis and his life, Sparks has become more vivid in his simple writing, painting a clearer picture of the backdrop of the story than in past efforts. And, by the end of the first half of the book, each of the characters seem very alive, which often takes time with his stories. While I am an unabashed fan of his books, I admit sometimes things are slow to get going. I was surprised that I was hooked merely two chapters in.

I’m not going to tell you about the plot, simply because I’m not going to give anything away. I’ll leave that for you to spoil for yourself. I won’t say this is my favorite work of his, but it really is a good, solid story, with elements I think most of us wish we could find in our own lives. In fact, this would be a great rainy day, ignore the laundry, and stay in pajamas read. It flows easily, and doesn’t feel laborious. Ultimately it’s worth getting to know Travis and the people who surround him. Just like with ‘Dear John,’ you won’t be sorry for it. And I’ll tell you this about the ending…. it will leave you considering some aspects of your own life, as many good books often do.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Favorite Character: Travis. Read it, you’ll see why.

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