Friday, September 3, 2010

Nights In Rodanthe or How to fall in love in a day..

Today at lunch I finished reading Nights In Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks. If you haven't read the book and you don't want to read spoilers stop here.

Here's a little bit about the book off the amazon listing

Sparks (A Bend in the Road, etc.) logs more miles on the winding high road of romance with the story of two middle-aged people who meet by chance in the small North Carolina coastal town of Rodanthe. The impassioned but doomed romance seems to owe much to Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County. Once again, a housewife who has focused on everyone but herself indulges in a brief, intense, secret affair with a stranger who changes her life forever. As the story begins, Adrienne Willis is 60, the divorced mother of three grown children. To help her troubled daughter cope with the untimely recent death of her husband, Adrienne tells her the tale of her love affair, which took place 15 years before. At the time, Adrienne was an uptight matron whose ex-husband had just left her for a younger woman. This rejection colors her entire life, and Sparks realistically portrays a vulnerable and isolated woman who throws herself into raising her children to escape her despair. Paul Flanner, her paramour, is a surgeon and an obsessive workaholic with no genuine connection to his wife or son, whose world completely falls apart when one of his patients inexplicably dies. Sparks builds a taut, plausible relationship between his protagonists, but even fans may be irked by the obviousness of their story and the inevitability of their fate.

So as I was reading the book, about half way through, I'm thinking "nothing has happened yet".  It really takes that long for the book to get going. When finally they decide that they find eachother attractive and after a day of spending time together they are "in love" that's when I decided the book was stupid. Seriously. Who falls "in love" after a day? I know plenty of teenagers who :sigh: are in lurrveee. But for two adults to say they are in love with eachother after spending 24 hours or less is just stupid.

After such a short time you can't possibly really know someone enough to want to spend the rest of your life with. Sure you might be attracted to them and/or be in LUST with them but to say you are going to pledge the rest of your life to someone after such a short amount of time is just rediculous.

Amazingly I kept reading after that part. The book goes on and to me, it's just so flat and boring. I was going to work my way through all the Nicholas Sparks book but I'm seriously having second thoughts after reading this one!

These are all my own opinions and no one asked me to review this book for them (they'd probably hate me if they did)Pin It

1 comment:

Jennifer Owens said...

I agree - this was not one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks reads. And the movie is worse - because they talk and then randomly jump on each other...

Some of his others are good though.

PS - I didn't like Dear John either...

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