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The Notebook
by Nicholas Sparks

Published: 2014-06-24
Mass Market Paperback : 272 pages
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Rediscover the unforgettable, heart-wrenching romance set in post-World War II North Carolina, about a young socialite who can't forget the boy who once stole her heart--now one of PBS's Top 100 "Great American Reads."
Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more ...
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Introduction

Rediscover the unforgettable, heart-wrenching romance set in post-World War II North Carolina, about a young socialite who can't forget the boy who once stole her heart--now one of PBS's Top 100 "Great American Reads."


Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story-it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again...

At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle...

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Discussion Questions

At one point in the novel Gus says to Noah, "My daddy used to tell me 'the first time you fall in love it changes your life forever, and no matter how hard you try, the feelin' never goes away. This girl you been tellin' me about was your first love. And no matter what you do, she'll stay with you forever." Do you think this is true? Can you remember your first love?

The restored house Noah lives in plays an integral role in the novel. In fact, an article about the restoration is what draws Allie back to New Bern. What do you think the house represents? What does this say about the importance of place? Does Noah restore anything else in the novel?
When Allie decides to come down to see Noah "one last time," do you think she wanted to see him just to say good-bye, or was she secretly hoping to fall in love with him again? Was it right for Allie, who had already agreed to marry Lon, to make this visit? Would your answer be different if she were already married?

When asked by her mother, Allie claims to be in love with both Noah and Lon. Do you think this is true? While it is possible to love more than one person equally, is it possible to be in love with two people at the same time?
Allie's mother regrets having hid Noah's letters to Allie for so many years. Why does Allie's mother change her mind, especially when Allie's wedding is less than three weeks away? Can you understand Allie's mother's motivation for hiding the letters in the first place? As a parent, wasn't she responsible for watching out for her daughter?
Were you at all surprised when it is revealed that Allie had decided to marry Noah, or was there never any question in your mind?

Noah and Allie's love for each other at the end of the novel seems as pure and as powerful as it was in the beginning. Is it possible for the intensity of first love to last that long? Is it unrealistic to expect it to?
Although he's not in the best shape himself, Noah goes to Allie's bedside and reads "The Notebook" to her every day. As a result, Allie is in much better shape than the other Alzheimer's patients. Do you think this is plausible? Is her stable health a result of her hearing the story of her life every day, or are greater forces at work? What does Noah's devotion suggest about marriage? About the nature of love itself?

The letters Noah and Allie write to each other, the poems they share, "The Notebook" Noah reads to Allie every day are all integral parts of this novel. And during World War II, a book of poetry actually saves Noah's life. What does this suggest about the power of the written word? Why is this power such an important part of The Notebook?

The Notebook has been a best-seller not only in America, but also around the world. Why do you think this is? What is it about the book that speaks to such a broad range of people?

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by brenstuhr (see profile) 09/01/15

My FAVORITE book of all time!

 
  "ok book but movie better."by rsewell (see profile) 03/30/11

I liked the book but the movie is so much better. most of the time its the other way around!

 
  "aaaaahhhhh - lovely, sad - all rolled into one"by Juliestorer (see profile) 09/02/10

I really enjoyed The Notebook. An easy-to-read romantic but sad love story.

 
  "Boring"by KKSSLC (see profile) 05/15/10

This book was too predictable, boring and unrealistic. If you want a fantasy book then maybe ok, otherwise,no substance.

 
  "Yummy romance"by AshleyAsher (see profile) 10/10/09

Such a romance, but have some tissues ready at hand!

 
  "A good lite book!"by KLeaper (see profile) 03/01/08

 
  "A fabulous story of true love!"by MyTatteredPages (see profile) 01/03/08

I saw the movie and although it is one of the better book adaptations I've seen, the book is so much better. I love a book that can make you smile, shout, laugh, and cry--all in a few pages. It's a rollercoaster... (read more)

 
  "The true meaning of "soul Mates""by nycrules (see profile) 06/22/07

One of the best books ever written. Somethings wrong if this book does not bring a tear to your eye. It is hope in a world full of seemingly endless tales of giving up, that it is possible to find true... (read more)

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