Monday, July 6, 2015

"I love you more than there are fishes in the sea, and higher than the moon"

Nicholas Sparks - At First Sight

I just finished reading At First Sight (2005) by The Notebook writer Nicholas Sparks. The book was a gift from my longboarding girlfriend Sarah, who knows like no other that I need some Sparks in my life from time to time. Sure, the man's books are sappy, corny and overly formulaic, but you can't deny that, above all, Sparks knows how to tug at your heartstrings. I absolutely adored The Notebook (the movie and the book), loved reading The Wedding, and bawled my eyes out at The Lucky One and Safe Haven. Thought I must admit that Dear John did nothing for me, that's still a decent batting average, and so with a lot of enthusiasm I dove into AFS.

The skinny

Jeremy Marsh is an NYC writer and magazine columnist. When he meets country girl Lexie Darnell, the two fall head over heels in love with each other. Before Jeremy very well realizes it, the two are engaged and he has uprooted to the tiny town of Boone Creeke, North Carolina, where him and Lexie purchase a house and plan to start their family. As the two lovebirds settle into their life, with all the growing pains that come with it, Jeremy receives a mysterious and disturbing e-mail that changes the course of the couple's relationship. Will they learn how to trust each other and overcome the stumblings blocks that come their path?

The review

Even though At First Sight is a sequel to True Believer, which I didn't know and haven't read, the book stands on its own as a true Nicholas Sparks romance fest, complete with the bittersweetness and the curve ball in the middle. Sure, you could argue that the characters have little depth, have predictable behaviors, and live up to every cliché ever, but that's something you have to get over with Sparks. If you see past the simple plot, you'll get a tender and sweet romantic tale about a young couple discovering each other's quirks and fighting through adversity as they try to make their marriage work.

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