Nicholas Sparks. He just might be the most pompous, arrogant, narcissistic man out there. I mean, in watching just one of his interviews it immediately becomes clear how much he really does love himself. I will admit, however, that he has every reason to. The man truly is gifted. It seems as though every single one of his books has been carefully written by some kind of Supreme Being, and The Choice is no exception.
In the novel’s very beginning, we are immediately introduced to Travis Parker. The year is 2007 and we are lead to believe that he and his wife are facing some sort of marital issue. Before we can fully comprehend what exactly is going on, Sparks backtracks to one decade earlier, and that is where the true story begins.
Travis and Gabby have been next-door neighbors for nearly a year before they finally meet, and when they do, it is clear that they have an instant connection. With Gabby’s long-time boyfriend, Kevin, however, and her pre-judgment toward Travis, the odds seem to be stacked against him. Against them.
The book is two-fold, meaning there is a specific plot in the first half of the book, and one in the second. The first part is highly predictable. The second, however, blew me away. I didn’t see it coming and ugh – I just loved it so much! With a book as good as this one, I find myself in a predicament. Half of me wants to tear through it as fast as possible to find out the ending, but the other half wants to enjoy it and truly absorb each and every word.
One thing that I really like about Nicholas Sparks’ books (or at least the ones I’ve read) is that they are written in the third person. So many books now-a-days are written in first person, which is great and really does work for a lot of stories, but the thing about first person is that the author is limited. Especially in a love story. We readers only know as much as this one, finite person does, and it makes for a one-sided love story. With third person, however, there is a certain balance. We know as much about Travis as we do about Gabby and I just loved that.
Although this book was great, I think a quarter of this book was devoted to Sparks writing about how attractive Gabby thought Travis was, and how pretty Travis thought Gabby was. Obviously I’m exaggerating just a bit, but he must’ve written this at least 100 times. By the 50th time, I thought, Ok, we get it. Boy thinks girl is pretty. Girl thinks boy is hot. Let’s move on. And then I flipped the page, and there it was again. I understand that he probably did this purposely and wanted to emphasize the attraction that they shared, but I think he went overboard with it.
That being said, I surprisingly don’t think I have any other critiques of this novel, which is a true rarity. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good love story with a twist. Five stars from me!