Monday, 12 March 2012

Book Review: The Lucky One

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 —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. 

I'm not going to lie...the main reason I picked up this book and read it was because of the upcoming movie starrring Zac Efron. What?!? Have you seen what Zac Efron looks like lately?! Anyways... This is kind of sad to admit, but The Lucky One was actually the first novel I had ever read by Nicholas Sparks. After hearing mixed reviews about his writing style from others, I began reading with a slight hesitation and wariness. By chapter two, however, I was clinging on to the novel's every word! How did I wait this long to read one of Sparks' books!? Needless to say I am now a Nicholas Sparks groupie.

So what did I love about this book? Let's start with the characters. Thibault was the muscular, sensitive man most women dream about. It probably didn't help that I was picturing his character as Zac Efron while I was reading, even despite the constant references to the character's long hair. Drooling aside, Thibault's character showed more complexity than I've read in most romance novels before, which was a nice change of pace. Sparks' writing also generated a deep and rooted hate for the villain of the story, Clayton. Whenever the novel mentioned his name I felt a deep desire to punch him in the face and run him over with a car. It is very rarely that I get this angry about a character, but this deep hate oddly made the novel more exciting and enjoyable. 

The second major thing I loved about this novel was the actual plot. Having been warned about Nicholas Sparks' tendency to tragically kill off some of his main characters at the end, I was a basket case of nerves as I rushed to find out what would happen. And in typical Sparks fashion, one of the main characters dies...although the person's identity isn't revealed until the very last page. Despite all of my predictions about who the person would be throughout the novel, I was nevertheless shocked when I discovered who it was. It takes a lot to surprise me, and I definitely didn't see that ending coming at all, so hats off to you Mr. Sparks! 

While I can imagine other people reading this book and not finding it nearly as heart wrenching or enjoyable as I did, I would still definitely recommend it. If you have read and enjoyed a Nicholas Sparks book before then you will LOVE The Lucky One. On the hand, if you are one of those people who despise Sparks' books, then stay very far away. Those of you, who are like me and have never picked up a Nicholas Sparks' book, then read this one now! Especially before the movie comes out and spoils the ending for you! Overall, I fell head over heels in love with The Lucky One, and can't wait to read more from this amazing author!

Rating: 5 Stars 


Jenny said...

I've never read a Nicholas Sparks book but I hate the movies I've seen that are based on them. Maybe I should try it. BTW, did you see my post today? Zac Efron is in it. ;)

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

Yay, I always felt weird admitting I was a Nicholas Sparks groupie because people would give me weird looks. But I love his writing and his stories are so amazing. I can't wait to read this one! One of my favourites of his is THE GUARDIAN, since you're interested in more of his.

Brenna said...

Haha I am EXACTLY like you in that I've never read a Nicholas Sparks book, but I've been considering picking this one up just because Zac Efron is in the movie lol. I can't decide whether I'll read this before the movie comes out (I can be kind of lazy about that) but I'm really interested to hear that you liked this one since I don't see very many reviews for Nicholas Sparks' books!

Thank you so much for sharin g:)

Brenna from Esther's Ever After

Natalie said...

Jenny: Yes I did just read your blog posting! Sooo funny and ironic haha! Especially considering we were considering doing similar movie trailer postings the other day...I guess we are just on the same brain wave or something!

Andrea: Oooh! Thanks so much! The Guardian will definitely be the next Nicholas Sparks book that I pick up! I just found out he's coming to Toronto in April and I'm soooo tempted to skip school that day and drive the two hours it would take to go and listen to his book reading/signing.

Chelsey said...

I actually laughed out loud when you said you wanted to run Clayton over with a car. Librarian gone crazy!

But actually. The only Nicholas Sparks book I read was in high school when I was obsessed with A Walk to Remember. It was cute but not an all time favourite. I really should give him another go! A fun and heartfelt review =)!

Katie said...

Damn you really hate this Clayton character. Such a violent streak! I def. love me some Zac, especially since he’s looking a little less like a Ken doll as of late. Still ridiculously beautiful and meticulously chiseled like some sort of statue (or Ken doll) but more human and attainable. Not that I stand a chance…I suppose I should say something about the review but I’m in a Zac Efron induced haze.

Divenita said...

I have just read two of his books and i totally agree.
The way you wrote the review is superb.

Keep writing. If you wish you can check my review too: and let me know how you think.
I am sure it could be of some help to sprinkle life in reviews like you did :)

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