Monday, 30 January 2012

The Choice - Nicholas Sparks (2007)

I bought this book because it was one dollar at an op-shop and it was Nicholas Sparks so it would probably be pretty good. However, I was very disappointed and thought it was extremely predictable.

The book is split into two parts, the first part, which is the majority of the book, is the weekend eleven years ago when Travis and Gabby fell in love. This is the first thing that annoys me, a weekend. That's two days. Two days with Travis convinces her to break up with her lovely boyfriend of five years to be with Travis. The second part is the present in which Gabby is in a coma and Travis must make "The Choice" as to whether to put her in a nursing home or remove her feeding tubes. 80 of the 90 pages is just Travis remembering Gabby and repeating the pros and cons of each choice. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, maybe Nicholas Sparks fans because they read all his books anyway.

Gabby is dating Kevin, and meets Travis, her next door neighbour a sexy vet who is good with kids. After a boat trip with him and his friends he invites her to dinner at his house where he kisses her and she pushes him away, despite this they spend the next day together and fall in love. Eleven years later Gabby is in a coma after Travis ran a red light in the rain, and he doesn't know whether to remove her feeding tubes because that's what she made him promise her a few years ago, or to move her to a nursing home in case she ever wakes up. He moves her to a nursing home and then nine weeks later she wakes up.


  1. I picked up this book as something to read in my spare time, but it ended up gripping me for the two days it took to finish. It is the story of Gabby Holland and Travis Parker, two people destined to be together but are separated by heart-breaking choices. Sparks takes the reader through their meeting and falling in love, but Gabby has to choose between the boyfriend she's had for years and Travis, the man she's only known for three days. The story then leads to an even more unexpected choice that will bring you to tears.

  2. sounds like you're a Sparks fan. read any of his other books?