Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review: The Lucky One

The Lucky One
By: Nicholas Sparks
Summary: When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph—his lucky charm. 
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son—to be the girl he’s been waiting his whole life to meet. Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart—destroying not only their love, but also their lives.

Review: The second I finished The Lucky One I swore I would never read another Nicholas Sparks novel again. Am I going to go through with this? Probably not. I have a small huge addiction to romance novels like these. Where you cry and want to hit the author in the head with his book (preferably a hard cover) for making you go through that heart ache. While this was not the saddest Sparks book, the ending did get me for a little bit. (If you read the book you know what I mean).

I've only read a few books by Nicholas Sparks and while it was not his best I did enjoy it. Once you get into the story it is hard to stop. You just want to see these character happy and together. However, The Lucky One was very predicable. I knew what was going to happen from the very beginning. The basic love story, guy meets girl and they fall in love with some twists and complications. Yet, can you really ever have to much of that story line? Maybe, but maybe not. I've only been reading them for a few years but I have yet to get sick of them.

One thing The Lucky One did have that I really enjoyed was the antagonist. He was Elizabeth's ex husband and one of the narrators to the story. He was a more complicated person and while at times you hate him so much, (and probably want to hit him over the head with a hard cover book too) you also have the times when you think he isn't so bad and you feel sorry for him. Complicated villains and antagonists like that are my favorite to read about and are always in the best stories and novels.

One of the reason I picked up The Lucky One is because it is coming out in the movies April 20th. This is part of the reason I finally picked this one up. It had been sitting on my shelf and I thought, why not? I had my ups and downs with the novel, I did enjoy it. The story makes you smile, cry and gasp in surprise. Sometimes you just need a novel like this one. IF you are going to see the movie, I suggest reading this one.

Here's the trailer (with Zac Efron *swoon*) :


  1. Nicholas Sparks books are never a surprise. But it doesn't matter. Because they tell you your heartstrings. This trailer certainly did that. Thank you for sharing -- we had no idea this movie was coming out, and we haven't read the book yet. But now we are interested in both. :)

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