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This Book Sucked: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Posted on 23 May 2017

Real talk: I wanted to like this book. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks starts off fairly interesting. Those of you who've seen the movie know -- there's an old man, an old lady and they're chilling in a nursing home. Old dude is reading a book to old lady, though they seem to be strangers. Maybe. It's hard to tell. Anywho, the book is about a boy and girl who meet and fall madly in love. You probably already know the crux of the story. If you've read Romeo and Juliet you do. Boy and girl meet. Boy from wrong side of tracks. Girl tells dad to suck it cuz she loves him. Blah, blah, blah.

Let me just say, I didn't believe their love in The Notebook. The two kids meet, then the book says they hang out a lot and then they're so in love they can hardly stand it. Okay kids, simmer down now. Those are your libidos speaking. At least in Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare's prose itself was so romantic that you can't help but feel the love even if these two dumbass kids are being all dramatic after seeing each other one time; not even on a date mind you. (I prefer to think Romeo is a flippant, fickle little kid who gets carried away with himself and ends up dying because he's so committed to his stupidity and R&J is really about how stupid people are. Maybe Shakespeare punk'd us. "Idiot humanity thinks this is a love story but it's really about how dumb they all are."  ...but that's a blog for another day.)

The Notebook is one of those rare-ish occasions where the movie is actually better than the book. Between the actors' talent and the script, the movie just makes you want to shed a tear and then vomit. It's a great hate-watch.

Okay so back to the book. "Life is too precious to waste on dull books©," as told to me by my home girl Toni, who copyrights everything she says. She actually used a french word instead of "dull" but this blog is rated PG. I agree with both versions of that sentence SO after reading half of The Notebook I returned it (to the library fools. I don't bend a book spine then return it to the store. I'm not an animal!). YOU might like the book if you haven't seen the movie, but then again if you haven't seen The Notebook you probably aren't American. By all means, though, become American. 

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