The Lucky One

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Author: Nicholas Sparks
ISBN: 978-0-7515-4343-8
RRP: $19.99

I know that I have mentioned a few times lately that I really need to come and start writing my reviews early, before I get to the end and have a head full of the ending and can’t remember the feelings leading up to it.

For this one I thought I would stop talking about it and come do it. So I am on page 187 and here to give some early observations.

The first thing I have to tell you is that this is my introduction to Nicholas Sparks. I haven’t read any of his other bestselling books, and I haven’t seen any of the blockbuster movies that have been made from his books. I am a Nicholas Sparks virgin!

I found it really difficult to connect with this book in the beginning. There is a lot of hype about the upcoming movie release and Zac Efron is in the country and all over the TV, and billboards on my way to work. I am trying to avoid the interviews, the trailers and the hype because I don’t want Zac colouring my reading experience, this is proving harder than I expected and I’m not sure if this is part of the problem I am facing with connecting.

Knowing the movie is out this week has me overthinking the book, I will read a passage and catch myself wondering how they will portray that in the movie. I am one who much prefers to read before I watch but I think my timing probably could have been better.

There are characters that are really getting under my skin, and not in a good way, that I am hoping will get knocked down a peg or two but that doesn’t mean they are not well written characters. The characters are well fleshed but at this point, to me, they still seem a little wooden. A little stereotypical.

So on that note, I’m off to finish reading. And perhaps I should add that there’s nothing wrong with seeing Zac on every page as I read, that’s not what I was saying at all.

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I’m glad I started this when I did because I was right, my head is chock full of the ending and there’s not much room left around it.

The Lucky One was well written, the characters were well fleshed if a little stereotypical and some distinctly undesirable. Sparks writing is very descriptive which is good though sometimes it seems to border on overkill and it was a very literal descriptive. Some authors write in a way that is visually descriptive and makes you see their vision, Sparks is more like you see the blueprints.

This is a book that certainly takes you on the emotional rollercoaster and if you are a sensitive soul I can pretty safely say that you are going to need to keep the tissues handy.

The ending is a cliffhanger – luckily there’s a flash forward 2 months Epilogue to tie up the loose ends and even that keeps you hanging at the end of a thread until the very end to see whether or not there’ll be a happy ending.

I don’t know that I ever ended up truly connecting with this book, I would have liked my fist to connect with some characters in it though, and I still can’t say if it was just because of the hype currently surrounding it.

The fact that I didn’t connect is no indication of the strength of the book because as I said a) I’m a Nicholas Sparks virgin which leads us to b) this isn’t really my genre – book or movie.

It is a well written book and the story is not totally unrealistic though there are some questions for which there were no answers, which is because there was no way for the characters to have known the answers so that’s to be expected.

I think fans of Sparks, and fans of the genre will love this book and the tears will be flowing. And in spite of myself, I think I’m going to have to watch the movie! Just to see how they translated it to the big screen.

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  1. Great review! You should do it like that more often……write half way thru. It really gives a true barometer of what you felt as you were reading. And that’s what it’s all about really….emotional connection. Or lack of it…

    What you have said is pretty much what I have heard about this book and the movie for that matter. But his books are very popular and they keep making them into movies so it must be enough.

    It’s hard when a book or movie is good but…. The but changes everything. Makes it extremely hard to write about it.

    The Notebook, for me, was more about Ryan Gosling after I watched it the first time LOL

    It will be interesting to see the movie now. Alas, that won’t be till the weekend due to personal stuff but I’m looking forward to it.

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