Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nick......You're Slacking On Me

I have always been a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks.  I have read every single one of his books as they came out-skipping Message in a Bottle (because the movie sucked so bad) until last year, when I was craving a good romance novel.  It didn't disappoint and it even made me want to watch the movie again.  In any case, I'm not a good reader, nor am I an intelligent reader.  Call me lazy, but I don't want anything that makes me think or learn, I just want to read about some love story/family story, etc. that is just heartwarming and true to life.  I'm a slow reader and it's only for fun, so if I want to read my cheesy novels, I can. 

I have enjoyed every last one of Nicholas' Sparks book until the last two.  You can read my review about Safe Haven here.  I have even preordered the last few, just to get my hands on them quickly because I couldn't wait to read them.  And they are the only books I can read in less than 2 weeks a pop.  Although I wasn't a big fan of Safe Haven, I still couldn't wait to get the new one.

Nicholas Sparks' latest book The Best of Me is a story of two high school sweethearts that have since gone their seperate ways who become reunited.  Sounded like my kind of story and at times I couldn't put it down.  However, once again toward the end of the book, much like Safe Haven it became unrealistic and too coincidental.  Although not as bad as Safe Haven, I still didn't buy what he was selling.  See, for me, the book has to conclude well.  I don't care what leads up to it, if the ending sucks, the whole thing sucked.  In fact, I once read a book by Anita Shreve that I wasn't sure how I felt about it until the very last page and then I wanted to read it again, I loved it so much.  And I digress......bottom line, The Best of Me isn't a great book and am getting antsy for a new one by Sparks that I'll really enjoy.  Can you help me out, Nick?  Can you somehow find it in you to write a book like The Guardian or The Choice again?

Being that I'm hard to please, there are really only a few authors that I enjoy anyway.  If you don't like to read to think and just like to read to relax, check out Anita Shreve (above), Jodi Picoult and for a small town country feel, Dorothy Garlock.


WeeMasonMan's Mom said...

Oh man, you're killing me here - I'm eagerly awaiting this book from the library right now!!!

I'm a huge Jodi Picoult fan and The Pilot's Wife by Shreve is one of my favorite books. Which book was it of hers that left you hanging?

I'll have to check out Garlock....

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Heather said...

I loved Jodi Piccoult's House Rules and want to read more of her books!

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