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Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life -- boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in n Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life -- boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Despite himself, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

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Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life -- boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in n Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life -- boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Despite himself, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

30 review for The Choice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    Loved this book, and as all of his books this is unpredictable with a really happy ending. I loved this book and again provided me with lots of warm fuzzy, even the odd tear was shed moments. It sweeps you up into fantasy situation where you can easily loose touch with reality. A great escape from life's mundane events.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura Cashavelly

    Mr. Sparks, All my life I believed in order for a wonderful marriage all you needed was true love. And now, knowing that for a relationship to work it needs much more then love, reading your books is honestly quite pathetic and sad. All your books are the same, have you ever thought about writing a book that doesn't involve two people falling in love over the course of twenty-four hours?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This isn't going to be a long review, but it will be a ranting one. Just going to jump right in... The characters in this book are ridiculous! First Gabby. One word- Annoying! She got on my last nerve. This is going to sound insane, but she thought way to much. The first half of this book is her just thinking... but it's about nothing at all. She just goes on and on and on about any and everything!!!! Then on top of her babbling she was obsessed with making it crystal clear that she had a boyfri This isn't going to be a long review, but it will be a ranting one. Just going to jump right in... The characters in this book are ridiculous! First Gabby. One word- Annoying! She got on my last nerve. This is going to sound insane, but she thought way to much. The first half of this book is her just thinking... but it's about nothing at all. She just goes on and on and on about any and everything!!!! Then on top of her babbling she was obsessed with making it crystal clear that she had a boyfriend. Hey having a party at my house would you like to come- I have a boyfriend. Hi how are you- I have a boyfriend... What time is it- I have a boyfriend.... What color is the sky- I have a boyfriend. WE GET IT!!!! YOU HAVE A BOYFRIEND! WE GET IT, TRAVIS GETS IT, HIS FRIENDS GET IT, PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T EVEN HEARD OF THIS BOOK GET IT! Shut the F up about how you have a boyfriend! NO ONE ASKED! She's also absent minded, jumps to assumptions, and takes her anger out on everyone.... Oh wait there's more... she's needy, whiny, and way too attached to the male characters in this book. Everything she did uggggggggggh drove me insane. Then we have Travis. Travis is perfect. And yeah this is a problem. He is able to do everything, and I'm just not ok with this. Cook, clean, entertain children, ride motorcycles, you name it he does it. I like my characters with flaws and he legit has none. Oh and boy does he ooze of charm. That's another thing! HE IS TOO CHARMING!!!! Yeah, I'll give it to him, he has a few very silly cute moments. However all his perfections overshadowed all. I did prefer Travis to Gabby, but I don't really know what that says. The relationship between the two is soooooooooo unrealistic. Mr. Sparks you have your two main characters fall in love in one weekend!!!! ONE weekend! I'm not saying that this would be impossible for an author to do what I'm saying is that you are going to have to do it up... You are going to have to pull out all the stops; stops that aren't even invented yet! Good sir, when you make a book 250 pages it's a sprint not a marathon. I'm talking that can't eat-can't sleep-reach for the stars-over the fence world series kind of magic. We don't have time for you to waste on all this pointless backstory BS. Having these characters falling in love over a weekend would mean you would have to have us fall in love with them being in love in a matter of pages... Newsflash you didn't! I DID NOT FOR ONE SINGLE SECOND BELIEVE THESE TWO COULD/DID FALL IN LOVE! I gave no Fs about these two being together.... Which leads me to the plot. WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD! There really isn't much plot to talk about because nothing happens. 85% of this book NOTHING happens! This book puts all its eggs in the basket that is a coma. I'm sure by now you've all seen the trailers for this movie... So you know home girl gets in an accident... Which makes it very clear that the choice will be that he has to either A) pull the plug or B) not. I wont tell you what he chooses to do, but I really don't have to. You will know! Every part of the ending is PRE-DICT-ABLE! Oh and when the big reveal happened I WAS SO PISSED! ROYALLY PISSED! I was so annoyed by how everything went that I was praying to the book gods to just have Gabby die! Live-die, Gabby gonna be real with you I just don't care!!! Actually you know what, just die, it's cool. I was told over and over again by several people that that none of this would matter. That by the end I would still be a blubbering mess...I WASN'T!!! I did not shed a single tear. I cry in almost every book but didn't in this one! I think that really says something. I was just to busy being angry to be upset. Nick Sparks needs to re-evaluate his writing. This is a story he has done time and time again. Wealthy white people fall in love, someone ends up in the hospital, but in the long run it all works out for them... because LOVE CONQURS ALL EVEN MODERN MEDICINE. Yeah its just a no! We are not on good terms Nick. F this book. I was way easier on this book than I planned on being review wise.... I toned it down, which I know in the long run I'll regret doing. Oh and If at this point you're still wondering if I'll be seeing this movie or not?!?!?!... Well you can bet your sweet buns I am. I'm actually still pretty pumped about it. READ THIS REVIEW AND OTHERS OVER ON OUR BLOG: SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    The Choice has assured I will never read another Nicholas Sparks book. I found this novel to be a long-winded, tedious waste of time. And I got really irritated with his lack of research. If you are going to write about a dog whelping – get your facts right. If you are going to write about comatose people – get your facts right. Oh yeah, and if your leading lady is an accomplished P.A. , you might want to try giving her a brain. And I’m sorry, but I see nothing redeeming about defying a person’s The Choice has assured I will never read another Nicholas Sparks book. I found this novel to be a long-winded, tedious waste of time. And I got really irritated with his lack of research. If you are going to write about a dog whelping – get your facts right. If you are going to write about comatose people – get your facts right. Oh yeah, and if your leading lady is an accomplished P.A. , you might want to try giving her a brain. And I’m sorry, but I see nothing redeeming about defying a person’s legally expressed wishes. In real life, this stuff is not reasonable and it’s unfair portraying it with such an unrealistic ending. If you want a romance novel, a Harlequin writer could have told this story in a third the pages, on a higher reading level and probably have added some needed passion to it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    ********MAJOR SPOILERS********* For those of you who have read this book..... Did you have as many problems with it as I did? First of all Gabby is in a committed relationship and even though its not a perfect one, its not terrible and they're in love. Then she spends some time with Travis and BAMMM! she's in love with him too only after two days! What? And they had to say in like the stupidest way possible! 'i love you Travis Parker.' 'And I love you Gabby Holland.' I do not understand how that ********MAJOR SPOILERS********* For those of you who have read this book..... Did you have as many problems with it as I did? First of all Gabby is in a committed relationship and even though its not a perfect one, its not terrible and they're in love. Then she spends some time with Travis and BAMMM! she's in love with him too only after two days! What? And they had to say in like the stupidest way possible! 'i love you Travis Parker.' 'And I love you Gabby Holland.' I do not understand how that can happen in that short amount of time while she's already in love with somebody else. And she cheats on her boyfriend by sleeping with Travis ever spare minute she has for like five days. Cheating isn't romantic. Travis shouldn't marry her cause if she cheats WITH him, she would probably cheat ON him. Later in the book Gabby goes in a coma. Travis has a written document that's signed by Gabby saying if she's in a coma for more than twelve weeks with no sign of recovery whatsoever, she basically wants to be taken off life support. Then it comes to that time and you know what Travis does? HE DOESN'T EVEN TELL ANYBODY ABOUT THE PAPER. I mean it's what she WANTED and he just completely ignores it AND breaks the LAW. That just mad me so mad. And later when she wakes up (of course you have to have a perfect, unrealistic ending) she doesn't even bring it up. Not at all. She doesn't even care that he didn't follow her wishes. And a lot of the time when people wake up from long term comas, something is different about them. Like maybe their memory is a little messed up or their personality has changed. But nope Gabby is COMPLETELY back to normal?? The last thing that bothered me is that he literally went around asking people and himself 'How far will you go in the name of love?' when trying to decide if he should take Gabby off life support or not . WHO ASKS PEOPLE THAT? What does that even mean? And anyway it's not going 'in the name of love' if you break somebody's trust and wishes. Does anybody else understand what I'm getting at?

  6. 5 out of 5

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    “How far should a person go in the name of true love?” The Choice. I made the wrong choice when deciding to read this lol. Sadly this was not an enjoyable read at all. It was very boring and extremely predictable! It seemed to go on and on and on. It's bad when you find yourself not caring for any of the characters and your constantly checking to see how much more is left to read. Gabby was just plan and annoying. While Travis was so completely perfect and single!..?. Can you say BORING? I did “How far should a person go in the name of true love?” The Choice. I made the wrong choice when deciding to read this lol. Sadly this was not an enjoyable read at all. It was very boring and extremely predictable! It seemed to go on and on and on. It's bad when you find yourself not caring for any of the characters and your constantly checking to see how much more is left to read. Gabby was just plan and annoying. While Travis was so completely perfect and single!..?. Can you say BORING? I did tear up like once... maybe? The last few chapters were slightly better but still very predictable. I was beyond thrilled when I finally finished. It was certainly just a one time read or more like a waste of my time. Yes I will be watching the movie and yes I am excited to see it but that's only because when it comes to Nicholas Sparks books the movies are 100 times BETTER than the books. Odd right? But it's the truth. Sparks just doesn't do it for me. “Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are in which the ending is a surprise.” Only the ENDING was NO surprise!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nikki De Los Santos

    Pulled at my heart strings and ended up crying for about 5 mintues at the end. His writting has a way of getting in your head and you can imagine yourself in the situation. What would you do......

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I should preface this review by saying that The Choice was a really thoughtful Christmas gift from my little brother, Darren. I'm glad I read it, as I've been curious about the Nicholas Sparks following (at least among a certain, um, demographic). Sparks' writing style is also clear, it's an absurdly fast read, and I'd be lying if I claimed the storyline didn't occasionally leave me a bit verklempt. That, however, is where my praise for The Choice ends. First, the characters in this book were rid I should preface this review by saying that The Choice was a really thoughtful Christmas gift from my little brother, Darren. I'm glad I read it, as I've been curious about the Nicholas Sparks following (at least among a certain, um, demographic). Sparks' writing style is also clear, it's an absurdly fast read, and I'd be lying if I claimed the storyline didn't occasionally leave me a bit verklempt. That, however, is where my praise for The Choice ends. First, the characters in this book were ridiculous. Usually I rail against the media's unrealistic portrayal of women, but the male protagonist in this novel was truly beyond the pale. This man had not ONE character flaw (unless blind, unadulterated devotion to the woman he worships counts). Other issues? Love magically cures what modern medicine can't, cheeeeesy cheeeeeeeesy dialogue, and I WANTED THE FEMALE PROTAGONIST TO DIE. Seriously. There either must be something terribly wrong with me and my empathy skills, or there is something wrong with this book. I'm sorry, Nicholas Sparks fans. I do enjoy a good fluff-filled love story, and I'm a big fan of certain types of fantasy (hooray, Harry Potter). This was just too much. Maybe The Choice would make a better screenplay; I thoroughly enjoyed the cinematic Notebook, after all.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    review found at: www.awesomebooknut.com I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the trailer for the movie. But I had to ask a friend if it had a happy ending or a sad one, cause I wanted to be prepared going into it. I usually don't do that but with this author, you just never know! I loved Travis as a character. He seemed genuinely nice and care-free. I felt that he was a guy enjoyed the pleasures of the world especially when it came to women. He wants to one day settle down but hadn't found review found at: www.awesomebooknut.com I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the trailer for the movie. But I had to ask a friend if it had a happy ending or a sad one, cause I wanted to be prepared going into it. I usually don't do that but with this author, you just never know! I loved Travis as a character. He seemed genuinely nice and care-free. I felt that he was a guy enjoyed the pleasures of the world especially when it came to women. He wants to one day settle down but hadn't found a woman that really made him feel different when it came to love. Gabby was okay. I had a hard time liking her. I felt like she was a bit whiney. I think I understand what the author was trying to convey with this character but she bothered me. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot. When I finally saw the movie I liked movie-Gabby better than book-Gabby. The romance.... kinda bothered me. Especially in how Gabby and Travis got together. I felt like it almost glorified cheating. Let me explain. Gabby has a boyfriend. A boyfriend she is waiting and hoping will propose. But the author does a great just job of showing that actions are taken with first the thought. What I mean by that is, every step Gabby took towards Travis was a very conscious decision. He had a very romantic weekend with Travis and all of a sudden Gabby and Travis know they are meant to be together. Now I understand that as soon as Gabby chose Travis she quickly ended it with her boyfriend but it still doesn't excuse (in my mind) that she cheated...big time. I loved the turn of events and the choices that had to be made throughout the whole book, before the ultimate relationship between Gabby and Travis and afterwards. It was really sweet-the afterwards. Overall: I really enjoyed this story. Despite my mixed feelings about Gabby being in a relationship when she got together with Travis. It was interesting to see how Sparks decided to build the story to ultimately reach its climatic turn of events. Sexual Content: moderate Language: mild Violence: mild/none Drugs/Alcohol: mild

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashwood (애쉬 우드).

    This book was a bit longer than I think it needed to be but overall an okay read. Nothing super amazing though, which was a bit disappointing but oh well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Célia Loureiro

    Bilingual review / Opinião bilingue ENG This must be the 10th Nicholas Sparks book that I read, after a few years break. The last one had been “Dear John”, and I hated it to the point that I never thought I’d read one book from this man again. To be clear: he’s still the same. If you want to know his “formula”, mix up these ingredients: - Many dialogues (to make it lighter) with easy and random jokes; - Really cool and sexy guy with little holes on his chicks who enjoys his beer; - Pseudo-independent Bilingual review / Opinião bilingue ENG This must be the 10th Nicholas Sparks book that I read, after a few years break. The last one had been “Dear John”, and I hated it to the point that I never thought I’d read one book from this man again. To be clear: he’s still the same. If you want to know his “formula”, mix up these ingredients: - Many dialogues (to make it lighter) with easy and random jokes; - Really cool and sexy guy with little holes on his chicks who enjoys his beer; - Pseudo-independent and strong woman who drinks Diet coke; - Common dates – dinners, barbecues – with nothing spontaneous on their arrangement, where they discuss spontaneity and then decide when and at time will they go out for a boat ride/etc.; - Conservative kisses in the end of that first date – shall I kiss her, shall I not? - A widow; - A desease; - An accident; - A dog; - A weird connection with an animal that no one would ever think of – like Noah (The Wedding) and the swan, and now Travis and a pigeon; - A complicated moral dilemma like A) she’s dying, should I stick to her? B) her brother is the one who ran over my wife, should I stick to her? C) she cannot haver children, should I stick to her? D) she says that, in order to be with me, I should stop sending letters on bottles to my dead wife, should I stick to her? E) she said that, if she’d ever be in a coma, I should turn off the machines after 12 weeks, should I respect it? (view spoiler)[This dilemma E) would’ve provided a great book. Really. I congratulate him for thinking of it. However, I asked a person that I love if she’d do it for me. Would she turn off the machines if I went through a coma? She said no – that’s against God’s will. And I knew she didn’t love me enough. Well, I must have a really pushy idea on love, so I hated the book. Hated isn’t enough. I ABOMINE the message sold by this book. I was incredulous with how SMALL the love sold on these pages is. What if people who read this starts to think that this is true love? That to prove someone that he loves it you have to put the person through agony, having her ass being cleaned up by unknown people for fifty years? In my opinion, love just HAS to be more. More than Travis “loving” Gabby and not being able to imagine his life without her. If he respected her, he’d never burn the legal documents when she requires this mesure. Since it’s Nicholas Sparks, of course she’ll raise up from the dead. In real life she’d rot in bed. But guess what? The woman wakes up to a man who ignored her wishes and doesn’t even get mad! A man in who she can’t clearly trust. A man you’ll not speak up her voice when she’s out of one. A selfish man, so selfish! I cannot put a grain of faith into a love like this. This represents the second part of the book, not announced in the synopsis. The first part of the book is about how two (almost) flawless people meet each other and fall in love over two days of hanging around. Did I mention that she has a 4 year relationship? Shall I also mention that, days after their evolvement, when a work colleague tries to kiss Gabby, the so-called lover (Travis) punches him in the face and tells her to sue the “aggressor”? Fuck logic. Where’s her explanation to the boyfriend? The book has a huge hole in the middle. In a minute they’re riding a motorcycle and, on the next minute, she’s in coma and he loves her dearly, the two of them are married and they have two kids. (hide spoiler)] Sparks wrote this novel over his knees. Anyway, if I ever get into a coma please remember Ramón Sampedro’s words (a Spanish citizen who spent 30 years in bed without being able to move any part of his body but his head – there’s the movie, The Sea Inside): “The one who loves me is the one who’ll help me die”. _________________________________ PT É para aí o décimo livro que leio de Nicholas Sparks depois de uma pausa de alguns anos… o último que tinha lido foi o Juntos ao Luar. Resumindo: continua o mesmo. Se querem conhecer o estilo recorrente de NS somem estes ingredientes: - Muitos diálogos a propósito de nada com piadas aleatórias. - Chavalinho porreiro com covinhas na cara que bebe cerveja - Chavalinha com mau feitio que bebe Diet Coke - Encontros comuns – jantares, barbecues – combinados e sem nada de espontâneo, onde eles discutem a espontaneidade e decidem que vão dar um mergulho, aprender a andar de mota, algo do género. - Beijos conservadores no final desse primeiro encontro - Um viúvo - Alguém estéril - Um acidente - Uma doença - Um cão - Uma ligação inexplicável com um animal que não lembra a ninguém – como o Noah da Alquimia do Amor com o cisne, ou agora o Travis com um pombo. - Um dilema moral complicado, do género: a) ela está a morrer, vale a pena ficar com ela? b) ela diz que para ficar com ela tenho que deixar de mandar garrafas com mensagens à minha mulher que morreu c) ela não pode ter filhos, fico com ela? d) o irmão dela é que atropelou e matou a minha mulher, fico com ela? e) ela pediu que, caso ficasse em coma, etc., eu devia desligar as máquinas ao final de doze semanas. Desligo? Este dilema e) teria dado um livro excelente. A sério. Gabo-lhe o ter pensado nessa questão, embora não seja totalmente nova, e teria sofrido e vivido realmente este tema. Tudo porque, saberei lá eu explicar, fiz o mesmo pedido a uma pessoa próxima. Se por algum motivo ficar em estado vegetativo, ajudem-me a morrer, já que cá não se pode escolher esse desligar das máquinas, segundo sei. A pessoa disse que não o faria. Não o faria porque gosta de mim. Bom eu devo ter uma ideia muito distorcida do amor, detestei. Não, detestei não chega, DETESTEI, em caps, a mensagem que o Sparks passa neste livro. Fiquei indignada com a pequenhez deste amor que ele descreve e que vende, e que muitas mulheres/homens, se é que o lêem, compram como o ideal. O único, o genuíno. E a dignidade humana? A mulher teria de ficar meses – anos…! – à espera de acordar numa cama, quem sabe se aprisionada no próprio corpo mas consciente, a ansiar por ser libertada? Por poder morrer? Para lhe removerem os tubos que lhe sustêm a vida? Com o corpo a atrofiar-se? O rabo a ser limpo por terceiros? Amor, para mim, tem de ser mais. Mais do que ele gostar dela e não imaginar a vida sem ela. Se a ama respeita-a. Se a respeita cumpre o que ela lhe pediu, em desespero. Mas não, mais vale arriscar, queimar os papéis legais onde ela estipula esse pedido e fazer figas para que ainda esteja vivo um dia, se ela acordar. E depois, como é Nicholas Sparks *spoiler* a senhora claro que acorda. E nem se zanga! É escusado dizer que, se fosse eu, embora agradecesse a oportunidade para ter regressado, me separasse quase certamente de um homem em que não podia confiar. É isso o amor, não? Pedir a alguém que nos dê voz quando ela nos falta, e esperar que repita as nossas palavras sem egoísmos. E ele foi egoísta, tão egoísta…! Não concebo amores assim. Passada a fase da indignação acrescento que isto representa a segunda parte do livro. A primeira deve-se ao modo como estes dois vizinhos se conhecem e a sinopse só se debruça sobre ela. Ora a senhora tem namorado – quase noivo – e, ao final de três dias, já anda enrolada com o vizinho. True love, says Nicholas Sparks. Devo mencionar que, dias depois quando um colega de trabalho dela tenta beijá-la o dito vizinho o esmurra e a aconselha a abrir um processo contra ele de agressão física? Fuck logic. Onde está a explicação dela ao namorado quando o larga? O livro sofre um pulo. Ora estão a passear de mota e conhecem-se há três dias, ora já ela está em coma e ele a ama perdidamente, anos depois, casados e com filhos. O senhor escreveu o livro nos joelhos. A Presença, mesmo na 8ª edição, tem o livro cheio de gralhas. Não admira que seja dos dele de que menos se fala… Enfim, se eu entrar em coma, se eu tiver um AVC e não puder falar, se eu partir o pescoço e implorar a alguém que me ajude a ter paz, façam-no! Como dizia Ramón Sampedro (Mar Adentro), Aquele que me ama é aquele que me ajudará a morrer. PS - O nome do livro devia ser "Uma Escolha por Egoísmo Que Acaba Bem Porque, Afinal, é Nicholas Sparks"

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This has been my favorite book and my plan is to read every Nicholas Sparks book. I read this book last summer and this book is also about love and promises. I learned not all promises should be kept (even though they should). This married couple has been together quite some time and they had there good and bad times. In the time of there marriage a promise came up- If anything ever happened to Gabby and needed be put on life support, then her husband Travis, would only let her be connected for This has been my favorite book and my plan is to read every Nicholas Sparks book. I read this book last summer and this book is also about love and promises. I learned not all promises should be kept (even though they should). This married couple has been together quite some time and they had there good and bad times. In the time of there marriage a promise came up- If anything ever happened to Gabby and needed be put on life support, then her husband Travis, would only let her be connected for the three months that the insurance covered. Travis needs to make a decision whether Gabby will stay alive or not.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    When a new Nicholas Sparks novel comes out, you know what you're in for - a southern romance between a romantic, lovable, handsome man and an intelligent, independent, naturally beautiful woman. It will be a fast read that makes you long for the simple, small town life. I'm not a big fan of romances, but Sparks books are simply good stories and always enjoyable reads. Also, one never knows whether the ending will be a certifiable tear-jerker or joyful happiness. "The Choice" is about two neighbo When a new Nicholas Sparks novel comes out, you know what you're in for - a southern romance between a romantic, lovable, handsome man and an intelligent, independent, naturally beautiful woman. It will be a fast read that makes you long for the simple, small town life. I'm not a big fan of romances, but Sparks books are simply good stories and always enjoyable reads. Also, one never knows whether the ending will be a certifiable tear-jerker or joyful happiness. "The Choice" is about two neighbors who fall in love, despite one being in a relationship. Readers don't find out what choice the title suggests until deep into the story. While this is another surefire bestseller, I still prefer my favorite Sparks' books: "A Bend in the Road" and "The Rescue."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Well, what a monumental waste of time and money!! It was insipid and anyone could have written it without being a bestselling author. The worst thing is that I paid full price for it at the airport and didn't even like it well enough to pass it on to anyone else to read. Why inflict more pain? I don't know that I'll ever read another one of his books again and if I do, rest assured, I'll get it at the library. The funny thing is that my other choice was a Grisham novel (another author who writes Well, what a monumental waste of time and money!! It was insipid and anyone could have written it without being a bestselling author. The worst thing is that I paid full price for it at the airport and didn't even like it well enough to pass it on to anyone else to read. Why inflict more pain? I don't know that I'll ever read another one of his books again and if I do, rest assured, I'll get it at the library. The funny thing is that my other choice was a Grisham novel (another author who writes anything now that his name is known) but I'm wondering if that would have been a better choice. I haven't read him in awhile so hopefully he's gotten back in the groove! And if you really want to read The Choice, you won't need but a few hours(if you're a slow reader) and half a brain,,,there is no plot a 6 yr. old couldn't come up with. Man falls in love, woman can't decide between this too-good-to-be-true-in-every-way man and her boyfriend that she's not even happy with. He's her next door neighbor, blah blah blah.

  15. 4 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    I'm one of the few people on the planet who is not a huge Nicholas Sparks fan, but that said, I liked this book. This is a book for those times when you just want to sit in front of the fire and read something that isn't too deep. It's a very easy read, something that you can put down when the kids need diapers changed or someone has started a kitchen fire, and when you have the chance to pick it back up, you won't be totally lost. The story line is easy to follow, not so many characters that thi I'm one of the few people on the planet who is not a huge Nicholas Sparks fan, but that said, I liked this book. This is a book for those times when you just want to sit in front of the fire and read something that isn't too deep. It's a very easy read, something that you can put down when the kids need diapers changed or someone has started a kitchen fire, and when you have the chance to pick it back up, you won't be totally lost. The story line is easy to follow, not so many characters that things get complicated.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    This was my first Nicholas Sparks (unless you count the movie version of The Notebook) and it was... OK, actually. Yes, it's schmaltzy but I'm a big ol' softie beneath my tank-like exterior and am not completely averse to some schmaltz from time to time. While this didn't exactly set my world afire, it was quite entertaining and even had some poignant moments. I'll probably read some more Sparks eventually but there're definitely a lot of books in front of it in the queue...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Yech. So I thought the Notebook was a little disappointing, but suspected that was because I'd seen and adored the movie so much that it overrode the contents of the book. Now I decide to read another of the Sparks books, only to be terribly disappointed AGAIN. I must be a sucker for punishment. First, Travis is perfect. Utterly perfect, and I would punch him in the face if I met him in real life, not fall madly in love with him. All he seems to do is exercise, so accordingly, he is physical perf Yech. So I thought the Notebook was a little disappointing, but suspected that was because I'd seen and adored the movie so much that it overrode the contents of the book. Now I decide to read another of the Sparks books, only to be terribly disappointed AGAIN. I must be a sucker for punishment. First, Travis is perfect. Utterly perfect, and I would punch him in the face if I met him in real life, not fall madly in love with him. All he seems to do is exercise, so accordingly, he is physical perfection. Gabby, who already has a decent if not slightly boring boyfriend, realizes the stud muffin next door is 'the one' and bam, on to chapter two and they're married with kids, yada yada yada. Now Travis has to make a 'choice' (clever use of a title....not) after he breaks his perfection by making a mistake and putting Gabby in a coma. I spent the whole book hoping that the next page I turned would be the last. I love sappy romance, but I like believable sappy romance, and there wasn't much here. I hired out another of Sparks' books at the same time as this one, 'Dear John', but it might be a few days before I get over the bitter aftertaste this one gave me before I can even attempt to read it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I have to be in a certain type of mood to read a Sparks book. A friend told me this was a good, but I get irritated with Sparks tendency to kill off his protagonists by the end. The Choice is a great read (and thoughtful...who doesn't need to be reminded that we all need Living Wills.) I loved the Part One where Travis and Gabby "grow" in love. Part Two moves too quickly, but this might not be a bad thing. As a reader, I wanted more details, but admit this would have muddle the plot and ultimatel I have to be in a certain type of mood to read a Sparks book. A friend told me this was a good, but I get irritated with Sparks tendency to kill off his protagonists by the end. The Choice is a great read (and thoughtful...who doesn't need to be reminded that we all need Living Wills.) I loved the Part One where Travis and Gabby "grow" in love. Part Two moves too quickly, but this might not be a bad thing. As a reader, I wanted more details, but admit this would have muddle the plot and ultimately the point of the story: How far would you go to keep the hope of love alive? A great read for a snowy afternoon under a quilt.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    But what if . . . No one can write a love story like Nicholas Sparks. There something about the way he tells a story that gets me every single time. This isn’t my favorite of his books, but it’s one that I still really enjoyed. What made the story great was Travis and Gabby. Their banter and teasing made me laugh and their connection felt natural from the start. They just sort of fit. It was hard for me to believe that anyone would be ready to say the l-word after only one weekend together thou But what if . . . No one can write a love story like Nicholas Sparks. There something about the way he tells a story that gets me every single time. This isn’t my favorite of his books, but it’s one that I still really enjoyed. What made the story great was Travis and Gabby. Their banter and teasing made me laugh and their connection felt natural from the start. They just sort of fit. It was hard for me to believe that anyone would be ready to say the l-word after only one weekend together though. I cringed when it happened, not once, but three times. Why, oh why, would he do that? I can’t believe I’m even saying this, but I was able to overlook it. Maybe because it’s Nicholas Sparks and he’s written so many books that I absolutely adore?? With any of his books, you have to expect a sad turn. There is always something that sort of test the couple’s love for one another and this one was no different. The story is broken up into two parts and with the start of part two, I felt like one thing was happening, when in fact, it was something totally different. Something worse actually. It was sad and devastating watching Travis struggle. Of course, it made me contemplate what I would do if I was in his situation. In the end, he made the right choice.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marie-Eve Côté

    WOW !! This book takes my breath away. The title of the book is so right and I hope that I will never have to do that choice. Nicholas Sparks wrote another incredible book that I won't forget any soon! I without a doubt recommand The Choice to everyone, it makes me feel grateful for what I have. Seriously people, read this book !! Travis & Gabby are going to be in my heart for a while

  21. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH WOW TOUCHED MY SOUL!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shaikha

    I watched the movie first and I absolutely HATED it, I was VERY very disappointed. Then I decided to give it another chance since it's about a medical student (kind of obsessed with the concept) and read the book during the summer, just going to be honest here, I couldn't even finish it. SHALLOW AND ANNOYING! I do feel bad giving this book less than 3 stars but damn Nicholas Sparks, you could do SO much better! The plot actually had potential, it started off as okay but then shit turned bad. 👎🏼

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    “Spending time with you showed me what I’ve been missing in my life.” I watched the movie 4,5 years ago so I didn’t remember most of the story. I enjoy Nicholas Sparks writing and the way he put magic in his not-extra ordinary stories, But after reading this book I realised that I should give his books a space now, They all starting to give me same vibes, I read A bend in road and The choice in a month, both stories deals with grown-up people, which is not the thing I enjoyed most, First half of “Spending time with you showed me what I’ve been missing in my life.” I watched the movie 4,5 years ago so I didn’t remember most of the story. I enjoy Nicholas Sparks writing and the way he put magic in his not-extra ordinary stories, But after reading this book I realised that I should give his books a space now, They all starting to give me same vibes, I read A bend in road and The choice in a month, both stories deals with grown-up people, which is not the thing I enjoyed most, First half of the book I enjoyed that was so fun and sweet, but something in the stories aren’t clear for me like I wanted to know more about Kevin what was his reasons, and what exactly happened with him. Gabby was not innocent she was cheating on him whatever was the reason, I had the feeling If the story was told by Kevin POV it could be similar to Dear John, Kevin also had faults, but the story didn’t show many except he is avoiding a real relationship. “How far should a person go in the name of true love?” The second half was kind of boring, It was so dull and slow compared to the first one, Well it is strange but story was slow and fast both a time, Story moves so fast that I didn’t have any idea for few pages that what happened, but it was also slow which makes me annoyed, It lost the chemistry between Travis and Gabby. I expected more from the ending. I didn’t completely hate it but It definitely wasn’t my favourite. So bye-bye Nicholas Sparks, I’ll meet you at the end of this year or next year, I hope in this way maybe I’ll enjoy your books more. “Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are in which the ending is a surprise.”

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I love how this book starts out. Gabby accusing Travis of his dog getting her dog pregnant - the banter is just hilarious. The fact that she took Molly to the clinic that Travis works at is hilarious too. Isn't it ironic - it is like fate is putting them together. These two cannot resist each other and are becoming closer and closer. I feel so bad for Travis having to decide to take her off life support or not - even though she wants to be taken off as he will says he just can't seem to do it. W I love how this book starts out. Gabby accusing Travis of his dog getting her dog pregnant - the banter is just hilarious. The fact that she took Molly to the clinic that Travis works at is hilarious too. Isn't it ironic - it is like fate is putting them together. These two cannot resist each other and are becoming closer and closer. I feel so bad for Travis having to decide to take her off life support or not - even though she wants to be taken off as he will says he just can't seem to do it. Which thankfully he didn't because months later she actually wakes up. All is well that ends well. Such a beautiful yet heartbreaking story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    5/5 - I've read a lot of romances, and I mean a lot (over 300), but somehow I've managed to miss reading anything by Nicholas Sparks. I've seen at least four of his movies and really enjoyed them all, so I hope my first experience with a book of his is just as good. To be continued... 6/5 - I'm surprised to learn that I've actually seen nine of Sparks' eleven movies (I didn't realise there were so many of them or that I'm such a sucker for a that kind of movie). The only ones I've missed are Mess 5/5 - I've read a lot of romances, and I mean a lot (over 300), but somehow I've managed to miss reading anything by Nicholas Sparks. I've seen at least four of his movies and really enjoyed them all, so I hope my first experience with a book of his is just as good. To be continued... 6/5 - I'm surprised to learn that I've actually seen nine of Sparks' eleven movies (I didn't realise there were so many of them or that I'm such a sucker for a that kind of movie). The only ones I've missed are Message in a Bottle (just looked way too sad for me) and The Choice (too new). After reading the book I'm glad I didn't shell out for cinema tickets to the movie. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book (I read it in one night, something about it must have grabbed my attention), but a rom-com isn't really the kind of movie worth going to the cinema to see unless it's particularly spectacular (or someone else is paying). And now that I've read the book I'm pleased to see that I made the right choice in waiting for it to come to tv (which doesn't take all that long these days, only a few months most of the time). SPOILERS!!!!!!!! The second part was a bit of tear jerker once I realised what the reveal was, as Travis' dilemma is my worst nightmare. Like Travis I'm not sure if I could make that final decision despite knowing that's what at least one of my family members would choose. I would always be terrified by the idea that if I waited just one more minute, one more second they might wake up. Even if the probability were low, it's never completely impossible and I don't know if I could deal with the possibility that I was killing my family member when there was any likelihood that they weren't gone. I look forward to reading more from Sparks although I think I'll do my best to avoid the more depressing ones, I'm not a fan of books that make me full-on cry.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    I surely have a problem. I read another book from Sparks. He is trying to be Jodie Picoult, but it's not going for him. His characters are awfully shallow and stereotypical - his story is so so, but he doesn't know how to describe it. He is a Budweiser guy, she is shy and naive. He is uber sexy, she is not so. And he tells her he loves her after 2 days (although he was a complete vagabond for his 30something years), and she does as well, but he tells her that first. Sparks' popular psychology ana I surely have a problem. I read another book from Sparks. He is trying to be Jodie Picoult, but it's not going for him. His characters are awfully shallow and stereotypical - his story is so so, but he doesn't know how to describe it. He is a Budweiser guy, she is shy and naive. He is uber sexy, she is not so. And he tells her he loves her after 2 days (although he was a complete vagabond for his 30something years), and she does as well, but he tells her that first. Sparks' popular psychology analysis are ridiculous. He is funny with his free advices that are too general and one-dimensional. And I'm being eloquent now. The only thing that I like about his book(s) is how he describes (North) Carolinas. Writers from that US area always describe their states with great words and gentle connotations. Overall, I like southern literature, just it would be nice to find proper writers. I can't just solely depend on Pat Conroy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kit

    This book is very interesting. Like most of Nicholas Sparks romance books you fall in love with the characters and what the best to happen for them, but in a small way some thing goes wrong, but it always ends up leaving you all warm inside. I find this one different because even though the back cover describes the book to be about Travis, most of the story line is about Gabby's side of view in there whole time of getting to know each other. The first part of the story starts out in Feb 2007, an This book is very interesting. Like most of Nicholas Sparks romance books you fall in love with the characters and what the best to happen for them, but in a small way some thing goes wrong, but it always ends up leaving you all warm inside. I find this one different because even though the back cover describes the book to be about Travis, most of the story line is about Gabby's side of view in there whole time of getting to know each other. The first part of the story starts out in Feb 2007, and Travis is going to the hospital where is wife worked to see her. Unsure of the choice he was going to make. It dates back to when they first met and how they came about to fall in love. Gabby moved in next door to Travis. She has a purebred collie who is pregnant and believes Travis' dog is responsible. As she goes over to his house to tell him to take responsiblitiy everthing thing goes wrong. She ends up leaving like a stupid person and finds out that Travis is the vet. Evenutally they spend a weekend together while Gabby's boyfriend is out of town, as friendly neighbors with all of Travis' married friends. By the third day they know they are in love and she decides to be with Travis. In the second part of the story, Travis is sitting at the hospital going over his memories of the past and how they get married and have two girls. Some of the fights they have, and why things started to go wrong. Travis and Gabby were in a horrible car accident and she went into a coma. As Travis sits at the hospital he is trying to make "the choice" that will change his life. Gabby made Travis sign a living will, where if she was ever in a coma; after three months if she didn't wake up, he promises to let her die. She made him do it because of some one she met a hospital who the husband went insane because the wife was put in a nursing home and after six years was still in a coma. The kids went off the deep end too, and Gabby didn't want that to happen to her family. After three months Travis makes his decision . . . I can't spoil the ending for you all, you'll just have to read it. I will say during the second part have some tissues handy it was a tear jerker. It does end well as all his books do, I closed the book feeling satisfied.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jananee (headinherbooks)

    The Rating: 2.5/5 The Overall, Non-Spoiler review: What did I just read? I am 1000% sure that I have read Sparks before and actually enjoyed him but this book was hands down ridiculous and so, SO tedious. The biggest problem I had were the characters- Travis was unbelievably flawless, one-dimensional and downright boring and Gabby was annoying and once again BORING. For some reason, Sparks thought it was a good idea to avoid the classic "show don't tell" rule and explained everything right down t The Rating: 2.5/5 The Overall, Non-Spoiler review: What did I just read? I am 1000% sure that I have read Sparks before and actually enjoyed him but this book was hands down ridiculous and so, SO tedious. The biggest problem I had were the characters- Travis was unbelievably flawless, one-dimensional and downright boring and Gabby was annoying and once again BORING. For some reason, Sparks thought it was a good idea to avoid the classic "show don't tell" rule and explained everything right down to the length of the checkout line when Gabby went grocery shopping. I DO NOT CARE HOW LONG THE DAMN LINE IS. Also, I just dont get how quickly they said they were in love with each other? Gabby didnt even want to be in a relationship with Travis and all of a sudden she is confessing her love? WHAT IS THIS? Urgh there is nothing that pisses me off faster than insta-love - especially when it is with a couple that has absolutely no chemistry what so ever to being with. This book gets marginally better during the second part (which mind you, was 200 pages into the book) but even then I felt like nothing was happening and that the plot could have been condensed to around 50 pages. I could literally rant about this book for AGES and I generally do not like posting negative reviews but come on, this book was asking for it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julianne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As a medical professional, I was a bit disturbed by the end to this story. The story Gabby told of a person unresponsive for decades is much more true to life than what happened at the end of this story. Plus, I was shocked Sparks didn't kill her off--that seemed much more in line with his novels. But I would have been mad about that, too. I guess you just couldn't win with me on this one! Because Sparks has such a huge following, my concern is that people will read this book and use it to hold o As a medical professional, I was a bit disturbed by the end to this story. The story Gabby told of a person unresponsive for decades is much more true to life than what happened at the end of this story. Plus, I was shocked Sparks didn't kill her off--that seemed much more in line with his novels. But I would have been mad about that, too. I guess you just couldn't win with me on this one! Because Sparks has such a huge following, my concern is that people will read this book and use it to hold out hope that their loved one will do exactly what Gabby did in this book, and this is FICTION! I don't want to say Sparks is being irresponsible, but people spend a lot more time absorbing fiction and subconsciously applying it to their lives than they do medical research. So for many, this novel is the only interaction with brain injury they've had. Oh, and yet another Sparks story where a woman is practically engaged and then falls in love with another man. Please, can we stop making women look like we can't make the right decision the first time around?!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Jonsson

    First I have to say that I LOOOOVED the movie. I loved it so much that I saw it two days in a row and cried both times. I was really excited to read the book and had quite high hopes for it! I think the book was good but sooo different compared to the movie. The movie was so much more epic I would say, more stuff happened. In the movie Gabby was quite resistant against Travis because no one said no to him and I really liked that. It was cute! But in the book she wasn't like that at all and like I First I have to say that I LOOOOVED the movie. I loved it so much that I saw it two days in a row and cried both times. I was really excited to read the book and had quite high hopes for it! I think the book was good but sooo different compared to the movie. The movie was so much more epic I would say, more stuff happened. In the movie Gabby was quite resistant against Travis because no one said no to him and I really liked that. It was cute! But in the book she wasn't like that at all and like I said, the book and movie was so different from each other. But I liked the book too of course! Maybe the book was a bit more realistic? I don't know.

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