The Notebook

The Notebook

Book - 1996
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In a Southern nursing home, an 80-year-old man reads from his diary to his wife, suffering from Alzheimer's. It's the story of their teenage romance, followed by years of separation because he was from the wrong class, followed by her decision, on his return from World War II, to be her own woman and marry him. Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories, until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once more. Allie Nelson, twenty-nine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape. Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 1996
ISBN: 9780446520805
Call Number: FICTION SPARKS 1996
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 22, 2020

I’m a huge fan of romance and if you are too then you’ll love The Notebook. I will admit however that the novel is a tad bit cliché considering the whole set up, he’s a poor country boy and she’s a wealthy city girl. What I do like about this novel is how the main male protagonist, Noah, shows the female protagonist, Allie, how to have fun outside and how to let go despite all the tutoring she has to do and work. Another thing about the novel I love is that the two were separated but find each other again. Whether they fall back in love again or not is for yo to find out. In between all the plots there were also a few twists I never expected but all I’ll say is that there’s definitely some character development. @Celine of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 30, 2019

After reading this book it makes me wonder, does that kind of love really exist?? And I want to believe that it can happen. Noah and Allie’s love story is one of a kind it was tested and shaped through time.

happyphi Mar 03, 2019

One of my most favourites of Nicholas Sparks' novels that was later adapted to a romance movie. Incredibly memorable, inseparable, unconditional, powerful, and romantic love between these young ones, who came from different family background with different socioeconomic status/class.

Despite their major differences and tough times, the strong bond and undying love still remains down the road, which surprisingly did not stop them from seeing each other. Sadness, anger, jealousy, and happiness all constantly experienced throughout the story, but destiny/fate has truly brought them together in the name of love.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who are interested in true and everlasting love! <3

Feb 19, 2019

love this book it kept me intrigued. very well written

Nov 04, 2018

Maybe if I were thirteen and foolish I would have liked this piece of romantic fluff. I have to give it to Mr. Sparks for coming up with the formula for what a lot of women like—the sex scene had me laughing—And that final sentence! Seriously! Try Jane Austen if you want romance.

Apr 01, 2018

I was deeply moved by this tearful romance novel about a common man and a common woman who love each other with all their heart and soul. I admit that the writing is rather blunt (and a touch sappy at times), but the powerful story is deeply meaningful. "I am a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough."

Nov 04, 2017

Lovely story..... One of the best love story's I've ever read, defiantly a must read!

Mar 14, 2017

A delightful tale of the truest of love and the best of human nature it promotes. Noah and Allie, teenage lovers, separated by war and for 10 years. rediscover each other just as Allie is to marry Lon, upright but not a rugged lover. With twists, true love prevails. And then the real twist – fast forward to the present where aged Noah and Alzheimer patient Allie are in a care home, and you discover the real meaning of true love.

Noah and Allie come from different lifestyles and fall in love. The couple goes through a lot but nothing keeps them apart. - Franchesca, Teen Volunteer

Dec 04, 2016

Beautiful love story.

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Jul 12, 2016

One man, one women. what will happen

Jul 03, 2015

IT was about a young man named Noah who was in love with a girl named Allie. They parted and seven years later they met... she engaged and he was still in love

Saulia Jul 06, 2012

Noah and Allie are a couple when they are young, they spend a wonderful summer together and fall in love. However, circumstances make it so they have to break up. However, years into the future, Allie is engaged, but Noah finds her again and they realize the love never left.


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Aug 12, 2016

"And that leaves me with the belief that miracles, no matter how inexplicable or unbelievable, are real and can occur without regard to the natural order of things." Noah

Jul 12, 2016

love you

Jun 24, 2015

“You can't live your life for other people. You've got to do what's right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.”
-Noah Calhoun


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