Have you ever had a crush on your neighbor? Well Travis in The Choice by Nicholas Sparks sure does. For those people that don’t believe that love takes time, this book is for them. It’s written so well that you just don’t want to put it down until the last page is read and even then, you wonder what happens next.

Travis Parker is the kind of guy every girl wants; caring, good looking, high paying job, and active. “Life was unpredictable. Others he’s known growing up had already dies in car accidents, been married and divorced, found themselves addicted to drugs or booze, or simply moved away from this tiny town, their faces already blurring in his memory.” Everything seems to be going fine until a young woman, moves in next door, Gabby Holland. She has moved in the little down with her dog, Molly, to be close to her boyfriend, Kevin. The whole story takes a turn when Molly mysteriously gets pregnant and the only dog around is Travis’s, Moby. Gabby has to make a choice. But it’s not the only one she has to make.  


Nicholas Sparks is known for his love stories. The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and many more. I have read many of them, one of them being, The Notebook and there are many similarities. In The Notebook, Allie is faced with two major decisions, as is Gabby in The Choice. Sparks states, “Parallels. Not copying. Close enough to feel superficially familiar, but different enough to feel completely unique.” The book gives you the feel that you have read it before but it’s a complete shock in part two. Gabby does fall in love with Travis, eventually, after many hardships. They get married, have kids and everything seems to be going well. Until there is a car accident that sends Gabby to a coma. Now, it’s all up to Travis. It’s his choice that matters now. Another critic, Queenie D says “It was heartfelt. I shed a tear towards the end with Travis was grappling with the choice he had to make.”

Sparks writes many romance novels and this most definitely fits in that category. I must warn you though. His writing is most defiantly unique and it can be hard to get used to. If you don’t like explicit details, you may not want to read this. Details are what make this book as spectacular as shooting stars. One of my favorite parts is when Travis invites Gabby to spend the day with him and his friends on his boat. The details are out of this world. You feel like you are on the water with them, seeing what they see.

This book is an easy read and a great way to spend the weekend. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks is the next one to pick.


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