The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

The Story [From Cover]
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 close buddies- he holds the vague conviction that s serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. This is until Gabby Holland moves in next door. 

Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the attractive redhead seems to have grudge against him.....and the present of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Still, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his 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 should you go to keep the hope of love alive?

My Thought
The Choice is my first read from Nicholas Sparks and I enjoyed it so much. Technically, The Choice consists of two parts together with prologue and epilogue. In the first part, in 1996 the story revolves around Travis and the girl next door, Gabby. The start with a little crappy argument about a pregnant dog which I think is funny enough to make me lough. And then they accidentally become friends again because the dog and just in a short while pop! the fall in love. Well, this might be the first Spark's book that I read, but I did watched two films adapted from his books, The Notebook and Dear John. All the characters are easily fall in love which I think not too realistic. They spend two or three days together and then saying "I Love You" to each other. Uh huh...It's just to good to be true. However, I do think that the love story between Travis and Gabby is amazing. They are sweet, they are funny, and they are great in many ways. But, here comes the conflict, will Gabby leaves her longtime boyfriend for a guy she hardly knew? She has to choose. The first part is very relaxing and easy to read because all thing seems so great and romantic. 

But, the second part of the book gives different perception. Everything is different. Eleven years after that, Travis is put under pressure. His world is crumbling apart and he just can't stop blaming himself for what had happened. He's left with a choice, and the choice puts him in a great dilemma. To defend his love or to just let go? This part is sure heartbreaking and I just have to control myself to not to shed tears because it's really sad. It's really hard for me to finish this part but I stay until the last page. I'm really impressed by the way Sparks create the story. He makes Travis vulnerable but strong at the same time. I admired Travis quite a lot and I also hated him for blaming himself. I do predict the ending, but my prediction is nothing but wrong.Well, I might love this book more if my prediction hitting the bull's eye. 

Well, if you ask me which one my favorite character is? I'll tell you it's Steph. I love this outspoken, understanding, funny, confident and ambitious girl. She also very supportive and always be there when Travis needs her.Though, she has to little of appearance throughout the story, but every time she comes out she gives quite an impact not just to other characters and the story, but me the reader as well. She's great! In a nut shell, The Choice is a novel worth reading. Got to get other installments by Nicholas Sparks.

Favorite Quote
"How far should you go to keep the hope of love alive?"

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Disclaimer: this review is linked back to Book Review Wednesday @ Cym Lowell


The Crazy Bookworm said...

Hi, Love your blog! I have read all of Nicholas Sparks books and "The Choice" is one of my favourites. The Guardian is great too! I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

Happy Reading
The Crazy Bookworm

Becky said...

I keep telling myself that I need to read a Nicholas Sparks novel but I haven't got around to it yet. I am a hopeless romantic so I have a few recommendations of his books that have happy endings. Great review this sounds like a touching story.

RAnn said...

People seem to love or hate Sparks--I guess I need to read one of his books

Shy said...

I've read this book but not sure that I was entirely into it. Perhaps I could enjoy it more if I stop comparing the book with some other Sparks' better writing.

The Literary Lioness said...

Hi! I'm visiting from Cym Lowell. I haven't read an entire Sparks novel yet. Perhaps that was because I started to read one that began tragically and so I cheated and read the ending . . . more tragedy. I like romances with a happy ending. So I never finished it.

cj'alhafiz said...

@The Literary Lioness
Hi!! Thanks for coming. Yeah, I know how you feel.. Bout for me, i'm Ok with either tragic or a happy ever after ending. If the ending is the same for all's kinda bored I guess...=)

Melissa said...

This sounds like an intriguing story. I haven't read any of Nicholas Sparks' books, but I keep seeing recommendations and positive reviews. Thanks!

The Book Vixen said...

I read this book when it first came out but now I'm sad to say that I don't really remember it. So I will be re-reading it in 2011 for my Nicholas Sparks reading challenge :)

zoemayleyland said...

I am just reading this novel now and i can't put it down without knowing what happens at the end , I through gabby would die as in most of Nicholas Sparks books people die ... However i have read at first sight ,safe haven and the choice and my favorite is safe haven it is so unpredictable it is a great novel and i loved it! it is defiantly something to read if you like a good love story! but not a typical one like in at first sight . I have also watched message in a bottle ,a walk to remember , the lucky one , the notebook and dear john and loved them all , defiantly going to buy the books when i get the money ! your blog is great by the way really love it!

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