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The Notebook

March 12, 2017


 I've had the novel The Notebook for years, debating whether to read it or watch the movie first. I've also known about the movie for over a decade, and had successfully avoided it until 2015. I read the novel recently though, I stayed up all night and read it when I couldn't get myself to fall asleep. I have to be honest, the movie was great but the book was better. I stayed up all night, absorbing every word on every page and let myself sink into the novel. If you haven't heard of The Notebook, one thing I ask is how? But the second thing I'd say is you should go grab a beat up old copy of it from your local Half Price Books store and give it some love.
"Sometimes we need to be apart to understand just how much we truly love each other .”
 The Notebook is about a wonderful young couple trapped in a summer fling. Allie comes from a higher up family with more money than god while Noah comes from a humble abode and a loving father. Allie's family and the change of season keeps them apart thought they want to be together for longer than just the three months of summer.
 After Allie leaves, Noah writes her a letter a day for a whole year. But all of those love filled letter go unanswered, including the last heart-filled letter filled with eternal and undying eternal love. After that letter Noah leaves to find work up north before heading off to war.
 Once back from war, Allie sees him in a newspaper article just like in the movie. Only difference is that in the novel it is fourteen years later and not seven like they say in the movie. Though, sticking to the novel, Allie returned to Noah but of course is engaged. While engaged still, she stays with Noah for two days, only to have to pick between Noah and her fiancé at the end of those 48 hours.

“The scariest thing about distance is that you don’t know whether they’ll miss you or forget you.”

 A little while ago VH1 was playing a 24 hour marathon of The Notebook. I think I watched it about four times in a row before finally ending my own mini marathon. Before I had ever seen The Notebook, I always saw one little clip from it. It was the 'if you're a bird, I'm a bird' clip. I saw that and saw how in love the two characters were, so from then on I said I wanted a relationship like The Notebook's. Then I saw the actual movie and cried into my pillow as I said thought, no never mind.
 The weird coincidence though is that one of the times I was watching it during that marathon, my grandmother watched it with me and asked me something. She asked 'why are you torturing yourself with this? Isn't this part exactly like you and him?' I ignored her at first when she said that to me as Allie was asking Noah if he was breaking up with her. I ignored it as Noah quietly said, "I just don't see how it's going to work". But I didn't ignore it the next time I watched it and saw Allie hitting Noah's car door and yelling at him, then saying as he drove off "this is just a fight we're having and tomorrow will be like it never happened right?" And she was right. The beginning, those three months, it was very similar. And I think the part of me who asked for a thing like The Notebook for almost a decade somehow had the stars align just enough to let me have three months like Allie and Noah.
 If you can't sit down and read the book, then watch the movie. But I highly recommend that you grab a copy of this novel and read it. It's truly a wonderfully written book, many of Nicholas Sparks' books are.

"If you're a bird, I'm a bird."

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