Rated of 5
by Amanda Morrison, 21
I found the book lacking. It lacked in heart, for the most part. Perhaps it is Sparks' choice to not divulge too deeply into the character's physical appearance, or much of the scenery. But for me, I found that to be one of the book's most concerning weaknesses. It was almost as if he wrote the book merely to tug at the heartstrings of some teenage girls. If that's what he did, then, I suppose it worked. The book reached quite distinct popularity, however, it's a book without substance. It's sad though; it had such potential. The story is a beautiful one. Had it been written by a different author, then perhaps it could have been what it was meant to be. It seems to me that Sparks has more talent making a few memorable quotes than writing an entire novel. It was rushed and repetitive. I'm not surprised the story was inspired by true events, Nicholas Sparks doesn't seem creative enough to me to come up with this idea on his own. His work is at best, amateurish, and insincere. What a waste of a truly great story.