- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 25mm | 68g
- Publication date: 1 February 1998
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0446605239
- ISBN 13: 9780446605236
- Edition statement: Reissue
- Sales rank: 602
Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, "The Notebook" begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, 31, is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met 14 years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories...until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once more. Allie Nelson, 29, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape. Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all.
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With over 85 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve #1 "New York Times "bestsellers, and all his books, including "Three Weeks with My Brother," the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been "New York Times" and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Eight of Nicholas Sparks's novels-"Safe Haven," "The Lucky One," "The Last Song," "Dear John," "Nights in Rodanthe," "The Notebook," "A Walk to Remember," and "Message in a Bottle"-were also adapted into major motion pictures. In 2011, he founded the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students' lives though education, curriculum development, and life-changing international experiences. To learn more, go to www.NicholasSparksFoundation.org. The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him at www.NicholasSparks.com.
By kristynofis 02 May 2013
I'm not a big fan of reading but i'm trying to get used to it, not only as a media of raising my vocabulary skills (i'm an English teacher in a Spanish speaking country) but also the story of Allie and Noah in the film the notebook motivated me to do it.
It was a boring afternoon of August when i was watching TV and i run into the film... at first i found it really slow... so as the book when i read it but then i cried a river with a great story of everlasting love.
I never believed that i could cried again and i did it when i read it.
Thanks to Nicholas Sparks to do this great job and picture that this kind of love still prevail.
By TeensReadToo 25 Sep 2010
THE NOTEBOOK is the romance novel of this generation!
Ali and Noah are two very different people, or characters, depending on how you think about it. Ali is from a wealthy family that thinks very highly of themselves, and Noah was raised by his father and has had to work for every penny he has. Which is not much. The characters come alive and it is almost like you personally know both of them. It's amazing! Ali takes a vacation to New Bern where Noah lives. As the summer progresses, their relationship grows stronger and stronger and they fall in love. They fight all the time, but for some crazy reason they are madly in love.
Then the summer ends.
Noah and Ali are devastated that she has to leave. Her parents won't let her stay because they think that she is too good for him. It's absolutely devastating. He writes her letters, which she never receives because her mother intercepts and keeps them. She thinks that Noah has forgotten her.
Then World War II begins.
Noah is deployed for a couple of years and comes home when the war is over. During this time, Ali gets engaged to Lon, a lawyer who her parents approve of because he is socially acceptable. Noah buys an old plantation and fixes it up, and he and the house wind up in the newspaper. So Ali decides that she needs to go see Noah before she gets married, even though she hasn't seen him in fourteen years. At their reunion, they realize that they never fell out of love.
Read the book to find out who Ali chooses, Noah or Lon!
*Gold Star Award Winner!
By Oana (Romania) 15 Jun 2010
Thank you Nicholas Sparks for such a compelling story. The true love you have described in your book made me think that the life might be so wonderful, but we need to learn to offer our unconditional love. I have never read such a beautiful story before, such a pure and innocent love...I will buy all the books written by you. I have already read Dear John and I've just started The last song. I love the way you express your feelings. Thanks again.