The Notebook is a modern day love story that was written by Nicholas Sparks. The story begins with you thinking it is going to be about a man living in a nursing home that reads to other patients. The man’s journal readings flashback to the 1930’s and 1940’s. I felt the storyline was the typical rich girl’s parents do not approve of her dating a boy from lower class in the Pre-World War II era. The story flashes back to a couples younger years and moves forward to the nursing home in 1995.
The book is set mainly in New Bern, North Carolina. The 15 year old rich girl character is Allison Nelson. Her friends, Fin and Sarah, introduce her to 17 year old Noah Calhoun. Anne Nelson is Allison’s mother. She keeps Noah’s letters that come in the mail each month secret from Allison. Fourteen years later, Allison sees an article in the newspaper about Noah restoring an old plantation house. Allison goes back to see Noah, but she is engaged to Lon Hammond, Jr, a lawyer from a good family. Allison spends a few days with Noah and realizes she still loves him. Anne gives Allison all the unopened letters that had arrived from Noah years ago. I thought the climax was Allison is forced to pick between the two men, but you later find out that Allison writes a final letter to Noah when he suffers from a stroke. The climax is the lady in the nursing home is Allison and she is suffering from Alzheimer’s. One night Noah goes to Allison’s room to give her a poem, but she wakes up. Her memory works and she recognizes Noah. Noah lays down with her and he talks about heaven so I am unsure if one of them die or both of them do in the ending.
An explicit theme of The Notebook is clearly that true lov...
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...s that girls feel. Circumstances can change things, but girls have a tendency to always go to the thought of never being enough, it not being what they thought, things were not as special as they felt they were and you did not know the boy after all. This is definitely true when it comes to boys and relationships. Once Allison has gotten older, her mom is truthful about the letters and Allison is really able to think about what she wants she is able to make a choice. However, like a girl she does not want to hurt Noah or her fiancé, Lon, and she knows she must hurt one of them. She doesn’t make that decision lightly and it is difficult for her. Being a girl, doing the right thing, doing what your mind tells you versus what your heart wants is not an easy thing. Any girl that tells you different has never had to make any real decisions or been in love before.
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