The Notebook (The Notebook, #1)

By Nicholas Sparks

1,390,149 ratings - 4.11* vote

Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast begins the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summ Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast begins the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently

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Kindle Edition, 227 pages
January 5th 2000 by Grand Central Publishing

(first published October 1st 1996)

Original Title
The Notebook
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I love the movie, but if you think that was sappy, do not pick up this book. I heard Nicholas Sparks had a knack for sap, but I almost drowned in it and felt no spark at all. The book was so frustratingly simple and obvious and laid out. The dialoque droned. I'll come back and add a real quote, but it was something like this:

"Do you want to stay for dinner?" he asked, wondering what she would say.
"Okay," she said, and than asked, "What should we eat?"
"Crabs," he said.
She never had crabs. They began to cook the crabs... etc.

There is a "quiver in his loins" when he sees her in her transparent white dress as well.

Oh and "the two become one" when they make love.

And then she is forced to leave when her fiance pays a surprise visit to down and she struggles to drive through her tears, but fights through the blurry vision because she is a strong woman like her mother... lalalalala. Could the book be any more contrived and gimicky? Who rated this above a one? And please enlighten me.

Gag, gag, awful writing, what a frustrating bore. He left nothing to the imagination. Unless you like getting dumber by the minute, don't pick this one up.


I read this book on a train from Italy to somewhere else in Europe after graduating from college. I was unfortunate enough to be forced to buy it because there were no other English Language novels to choose from.

I know this is a beloved book, by a beloved author, but if I could give it any sort of negative rating, I would. The "Gag me with a spoon" category is almost too kind. My apologies to any one who likes Nicholas Sparks - if you're able to find the genius in his writing, more power to you!

When I heard the plot - an old man is reliving his personal history with the love of his life as she suffers from dementia - I had much hope for a touching story. Esh - I was sorely disappointed.

My favorite memory is reading the scene between the two young (and I'm assuming attractive) lovers...they are in a boat on a lake, romantic setting, yes? It starts to rain. She's wearing a white dress. "We have to get you inside where it's warm...better remove those wet clothes, you'll catch a cold..." Commence eye-rolling now.

After reading the book, I passed it on to my now husband, who was also on the train. Keep in mind, there were no other English options! He starts to comment, "Oh, they're on the lake in a boat...okay, it's raining...oh geeze, why do you girls read this crap?"

And that's what I think about this book...why would anyone read this (unless there were no other choices)?!?


well, i was promised tears and, unfortunately, my eyes are as dry as the sahara.

i will say that i think the story itself has an unbelievable amount of potential - its the execution that leaves much to be desired. i just couldnt believe the connection between noah and allie and i think its because we dont see any of their history. sure, the reader gets the jist of it as noah is sitting on his porch and thinking about the past - but its all dry facts told to the reader, not first hand experience.

this novel takes place over a day and a half in the present, 14 years after noah and allie meet/separate. this should have started when noah and allie first met. i want to experience their summer together. i want to see what happens when allie leaves. i want to worry for noah as he goes off to war. and i want to know what they have been doing these past 14 years. everything is just so underdeveloped.

i havent seen the film, but i have seen the trailer, and that has more emotion than this entire book put together because it actually tells the story of noah and allie. which is what this book should have done.

3 stars


This is the worst book I have EVER READ. And the fact that this guy is so popular continues to astound me. I would give it less than zero stars if I could. My sister tricked me into reading this book, and I wish I could gain that time back into my life so I could read a different book. This book teaches you that ANYONE could write a bestseller. Just be sappy and corny and have one big-ass deus ex machina and you're all set for stardom. As you can tell, I don't read shit that I think I won't like. I have rated many books as a 4 or 5, and this book pisses me off to no end because it had the audacity to waste my time as a reader.

Ahmad Sharabiani

The Notebook (The Notebook #1), Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love. A story about two teenagers from opposite sides of the track who meet one fateful summer and fall in love for a lifetime.

In The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks write the novel by the grandparents of his wife, who had been married for more than 60 years when he met them.

In The Notebook, he tried to express the long romantic love of that couple. The story takes place before and after the war.

The novel opens with Noah Calhoun, an old man, reading to a woman in a nursing home. He tells her the following story: Noah, 24, returns from World War II to his town of New Bern, North Carolina. He finishes restoring an antebellum-style house, after his father's death. Meanwhile, Allie, 24, sees the house in the newspaper and decides to pay him a visit.

They are meeting, again, after a 7-year separation, which followed their brief but passionate summer romance when her family was visiting the town. They were separated by class, as she was the daughter of a wealthy family, and he worked as a laborer in a lumberyard.

Seeing each other brings on a flood of memories and strong emotions in both of them. They have dinner together and talk about their lives and the past. Allie learns that Noah had written letters to her for one year after their breakup.

She realizes that her mother hid the letters so that Allie could never receive them and would conclude that Noah had forgotten about her. They talk about what could have happened between them without her mother's interference.

At the end of the night, Noah invites Allie to come back the next day and promises her a surprise. She decides to see him again. During this time, her fiance, Lon, tries to reach her at the hotel. When Allie does not respond to his calls, he begins to worry.

The next day, Noah takes Allie on a canoe ride in a small lake where swans and geese swim. She is enchanted. On their way back, they are caught in a storm and end up soaked. When they return to his house, they talk again about how important they were to each other, and how their feelings have not changed. Noah and Allie share a kiss and make love.

Allie's mother shows up the next morning and gives Allie the letters from Noah. When her mother leaves, Allie is torn and has a decision to make. She knows she loves Noah, but she does not want to hurt Lon. Noah begs her to stay with him, but she decides to leave. She cries all the way back to the hotel and starts reading the letters her mother returned to her. At the hotel, her fiance Lon is waiting in the lobby.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هشتم ماه فوریه سال 2000میلادی

عنوان: دفتر خاطرات؛ نویسنده: نیکولاس اسپارکس؛ مترجم: نفیسه معتکف؛ نشر تهران، لیوسا، 1378، در 213ص، شابک 9645634032؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20م

مهدی سجودی مقدم نیز با عنوان: دفترچه خاطرات (و با عنوان فرعی: «شورِ عشق») کتاب را ترجمه و توسط انتشارات «مهراندیش» منتشر شده است

رمانی عاشقانه است، از «نیکلاس اسپارکس»، که براساس داستانی واقعی، نگاشته شده است؛ این کتاب، بعدها مبنای اقتباسی سینمایی، به همین نام شد؛ داستان، در دوران پیش و پس از جنگ، رخ می‌دهد؛ «نوآ» و «آلی»، تابستان خوبی را، با هم سپری می‌کنند، اما خانوده ی «آلی»، و واقعیت‌های اقتصادی – اجتماعی آن دوران، مانع از به هم رسیدن این دو جوان، می‌شود؛ هرچه «نوا» تلاش می‌کند، پس از جدایی نیز، با «آلی» ارتباط داشته باشد، نامه‌ هایش بی‌ پاسخ می‌مانند؛ عاقبت «نوآ»، در آخرین نامه‌ اش، به عشق جاودان، و نامیرای خویش اعتراف می‌کند؛ «نوآ»، به شمال سفر می‌کند، تا شغلی مناسب پیدا کند، و یاد و خاطره ی «آلی» را، از یاد ببرد، و عاقبت، به جنگ می‌رود؛ پس از خدمت به کشورش، به خانه باز می‌گردد، تا خانه‌ ای قدیمی را، بازسازی کند؛ مقاله‌ ای در روزنامه، در مورد تلاش‌های او، برای همین کار، توجه «آلی» را، جلب می‌کند، و پس از چهارده سال، نزد او می‌رود؛ دو روزی را، با هم می‌گذرانند، و «آلی» تصمیم می‌گیرد، بین دو مردی که دوست میدارد، یکی را برگزیند؛ ...؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 28/11/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

Kat Kennedy

Have you ever come across something so undeniably cute that you feel like you may be crushed by the weight of squee that’s about to explode from you chest.

Kind of like when you see this?

That’s what reading The Notebook was like. The romantic tone of The Notebook was both its greatest asset and biggest downfall. Nobody wants to be crushed by squee anymore
than they want to drown in their own tears and The Notebook wants to destroy you. Never doubt that. Whether it’s leaching your bodily liquids out of you until you resemble The Ice Man or boring you to death.

Really, those are the only two options you’ve got with this book. Who can stand to see something as cute as that kitten up there all day every day? You need something not so cute to break up the boredom. Similarly, in The Notebook, the long, romantic verses filled with poetry and stunning imagery will ultimately become tiresome the longer you read it.

Probably it’s just me. In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m not exactly the most romantic person out there. In my relationship it’s my husband who is the romantic. He’s the one that makes me breakfast in bed every single morning and puts a rose from the garden on my tray. He’s the one that calls me to see how my day’s gone and sends me soppy, romantic messages.

If you’re a sentimental, sweet kind of person (two adjectives nobody has ever applied to me) then I’m sure you’d like this book and it would do you justice. For those who like a little more “action” in the literary sack then this book may tend to waffle on and be overly mushy.

Now THAT’S more like it!

Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*

4 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Sweet and romantic, but I liked the movie much more. In fact, I LOVED the movie and watched it before reading this. In the movie, the characters of Noah and Allie had more intensity and passion. It is one of those rare moments, for me, when the movie was better than the book.

There are some great quotes in this book though. These were my favourite:

"I am a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough."

"We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking."

"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that's what you've given to me..."

"We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has only happened once, and that's why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I'll never forget a single moment of it."

"So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday."

"I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours."

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Books Ring Mah Bell

quite possibly the sweetest love story ever. I wept like a baby.


Seriously, what the fuck was this?

Miranda Reads

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