Review: The Choice, by Nicholas Sparks
Updated: Jan 4, 2021
‘I found the choice a touching, emotionally charged read. One that makes you wonder what you would do should you find yourself in such a situation.’
I’ll admit it, I have a soft spot for a Nicholas Sparks novel. The way he writes romance is simply like nothing else I’ve come across. Aside from being the best written advert for the state of North Carolina, they’re the perfect book cuddle!
The book's premise is simple. Sensible, predictable Gabby moves in to beautiful Beaufort in an attempt to get closer to her boyfriend and prompt him to commit to their future together. In comes her new neighbour, Travis, the (obviously) handsome and adventurous bachelor who lives life on his own terms.
It all starts like any other Sparks romance, with a blossoming relationship. Halfway through however, it merges into the aftermath of the car accident that leaves Gabby in a coma for three months. Now, that, was quite the twist.
When I picked up The Choice I expected the typical, easy, deliciously predictable small-town romance Sparks specialises in, and that I’ve come to know and love. But this one took me by surprise.
Because more than just the typical boy-meets-girl hate-to-love story this was a beautiful tale of true love in the face of unimaginable hardship and the ultimate choice: how do you plan for the worst case scenario? And do have what it takes to honour a loved one's wishes should the worst come to pass?
I found the choice a touching, emotionally charged read. One that makes you wonder what you would do should you find yourself in such a situation.
An enjoyable read overall, though it does sit a bit on the fence - not quite a full-on feel good romance, but still close enough to the genre that it may not appeal to everyone. In any case, it’s a quick read, so best thing to do is to give it a go yourself and make your own opinion of it!
If you've watched the movie adaptation, it has very little to do with the book, so don't let that influence you.