“"Every so often a love story so captures out hearts that it becomes more than a story -- it becomes an experience to remember forever."
Oh, The Notebook, quintessential little love story you are. In this heels over head romance that captured the hearts of girls far and wide, Nicholas Sparks introduced Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson, sweethearts from different sides of the track battling a whirlwind of pressures trying to come between their undeniable love. The Notebook is about undeniable passion, the powers of young love, and the ideal of an absolutely perfect match existing somewhere out there, even after fourteen years of seperation. Frame narrated by an aged Noah, the story of the two lovebirds unfolds, telling of their first summer together, steaming all the way through, to their reunion just before Allie's proposed marraige to a wealthy lawyer suitable to her families lifestyle to their ultimate fate (as if you haven't all watched the movie and figured this one out).
5/5 stars; No, it wasn't perfect, full of action, or even evoking all of the characteristics of a love story and yet, it's so quintessential as said above. But I think what got me, really, really got me is the depiction of an aged Noah. Aching, fading, and aware of everything that is happening to him. It was one of those reads that made me sit back and tell myself that I'm going to lead a life I can reflect positively on, a life that will leave me without regrets in the end. Simple enough, but so easily lost in the whirlwind of expectations and demands and well, life. Just believe in love.
Usually I don't do this, but sometimes a quote just jumps out and you, and this was THAT quote: "Poetry, she thought, wasn't written to be analyzed; it was meant to inspire without reason, to touch without understanding."
***Previously started (read halfway through sometime during a flight from China); Restarted and finished in one day”
Toni L wrote this review Sunday, August 22, 2010.