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The Choice [Reading] ➹ The Choice Author Nicholas Sparks – Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in smalltown North Carolina In full pursuit of the good life boating, swimming, and regular barbecues Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in smalltown North Carolina In full pursuit of the good lifeboating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his goodnatured buddieshe holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about himd the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help Despite himself, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?.

10 thoughts on “The Choice

  1. Laura Cashavelly Laura Cashavelly says:

    Mr. Sparks, All my life I believed in order for a wonderful marriage all you needed was true love. And now, knowing that for a relationship to work it needs much more then love, reading your books is honestly quite pathetic and sad. All your books are the same, have you ever thought about writing a book that doesn't involve two people falling in love over the course of twenty-four hours?

  2. Angela Angela says:

    This isn't going to be a long review, but it will be a ranting one. Just going to jump right in...

    The characters in this book are ridiculous! First Gabby. One word- Annoying! She got on my last nerve. This is going to sound insane, but she thought way to much. The first half of this book is her just thinking... but it's about nothing at all. She just goes on and on and on about any and everything!!!! Then on top of her babbling she was obsessed with making it crystal clear that she had a boyfriend.

    Hey having a party at my house would you like to come- I have a boyfriend. Hi how are you- I have a boyfriend... What time is it- I have a boyfriend.... What color is the sky- I have a boyfriend.


    She's also absent minded, jumps to assumptions, and takes her anger out on everyone.... Oh wait there's more... she's needy, whiny, and way too attached to the male characters in this book. Everything she did uggggggggggh drove me insane. Then we have Travis. Travis is perfect. And yeah this is a problem. He is able to do everything, and I'm just not ok with this. Cook, clean, entertain children, ride motorcycles, you name it he does it. I like my characters with flaws and he legit has none. Oh and boy does he ooze of charm. That's another thing! HE IS TOO CHARMING!!!! Yeah, I'll give it to him, he has a few very silly cute moments. However all his perfections overshadowed all. I did prefer Travis to Gabby, but I don't really know what that says.
    The relationship between the two is soooooooooo unrealistic. Mr. Sparks you have your two main characters fall in love in one weekend!!!! ONE weekend! I'm not saying that this would be impossible for an author to do what I'm saying is that you are going to have to do it up... You are going to have to pull out all the stops; stops that aren't even invented yet! Good sir, when you make a book 250 pages it's a sprint not a marathon. I'm talking that can't eat-can't sleep-reach for the stars-over the fence world series kind of magic. We don't have time for you to waste on all this pointless backstory BS. Having these characters falling in love over a weekend would mean you would have to have us fall in love with them being in love in a matter of pages... Newsflash you didn't! I DID NOT FOR ONE SINGLE SECOND BELIEVE THESE TWO COULD/DID FALL IN LOVE! I gave no Fs about these two being together.... Which leads me to the plot.


    There really isn't much plot to talk about because nothing happens. 85% of this book NOTHING happens! This book puts all its eggs in the basket that is a coma. I'm sure by now you've all seen the trailers for this movie... So you know home girl gets in an accident... Which makes it very clear that the choice will be that he has to either A) pull the plug or B) not. I wont tell you what he chooses to do, but I really don't have to. You will know! Every part of the ending is PRE-DICT-ABLE! Oh and when the big reveal happened I WAS SO PISSED! ROYALLY PISSED! I was so annoyed by how everything went that I was praying to the book gods to just have Gabby die! Live-die, Gabby gonna be real with you I just don't care!!! Actually you know what, just die, it's cool. I was told over and over again by several people that that none of this would matter. That by the end I would still be a blubbering mess...I WASN'T!!! I did not shed a single tear. I cry in almost every book but didn't in this one! I think that really says something. I was just to busy being angry to be upset.

    Nick Sparks needs to re-evaluate his writing. This is a story he has done time and time again. Wealthy white people fall in love, someone ends up in the hospital, but in the long run it all works out for them... because LOVE CONQURS ALL EVEN MODERN MEDICINE.

    Yeah its just a no! We are not on good terms Nick. F this book.

    I was way easier on this book than I planned on being review wise.... I toned it down, which I know in the long run I'll regret doing. Oh and If at this point you're still wondering if I'll be seeing this movie or not?!?!?!... Well you can bet your sweet buns I am. I'm actually still pretty pumped about it.

  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    The Choice has assured I will never read another Nicholas Sparks book. I found this novel to be a long-winded, tedious waste of time. And I got really irritated with his lack of research. If you are going to write about a dog whelping – get your facts right. If you are going to write about comatose people – get your facts right. Oh yeah, and if your leading lady is an accomplished P.A. , you might want to try giving her a brain. And I’m sorry, but I see nothing redeeming about defying a person’s legally expressed wishes. In real life, this stuff is not reasonable and it’s unfair portraying it with such an unrealistic ending. If you want a romance novel, a Harlequin writer could have told this story in a third the pages, on a higher reading level and probably have added some needed passion to it.

  4. Jaidee Jaidee says:

    3.5 beatific part one and mediocre part two stars !!

    This review will consist of two mini-reviews as I feel the quality of part 1 and 2 of the book to be vastly different.

    Part 1 4.5 stars !

    I picked this up to be my Valentine's read for 2020 and boy did it deliver ! The romance and coziness I felt while reading this was top-notch and ever so sweet. Two young white southerners with good values and character meeting up and falling in love amidst good natured friends and loving family. A clean cut middle class romance at its very best. The descriptions of their feelings, their conversations and their activities make you yearn for a different world where people are well-meaning, communities are caring and the world is good. My heart felt so full and hopeful and happy and made me so glad for all the good things in my life.

    Part 2 2.5 stars !

    I will not give away any spoilers but the couple are dealing with a very difficult situation eleven years into their marriage. This section felt rushed, at times moralistic and maudlin. All the minor characters that were so important in Part 1 take a backseat and act as filler. I so wanted this to be as excellent as Part 1 as the story has many ethical dilemmas and emotions needed to be treated in a deeper and more complex way rather than veering into maudlin and at time saccharine Hallmark greeting card mode.

    All in all a mixed read but Part 1 certainly fulfilled a very satisfying Valentine's read.

  5. Katie Katie says:

    ********MAJOR SPOILERS*********

    For those of you who have read this book..... Did you have as many problems with it as I did?

    First of all Gabby is in a committed relationship and even though its not a perfect one, its not terrible and they're in love. Then she spends some time with Travis and BAMMM! she's in love with him too only after two days! What? And they had to say in like the stupidest way possible! 'i love you Travis Parker.' 'And I love you Gabby Holland.' I do not understand how that can happen in that short amount of time while she's already in love with somebody else.

    And she cheats on her boyfriend by sleeping with Travis ever spare minute she has for like five days. Cheating isn't romantic. Travis shouldn't marry her cause if she cheats WITH him, she would probably cheat ON him.

    Later in the book Gabby goes in a coma. Travis has a written document that's signed by Gabby saying if she's in a coma for more than twelve weeks with no sign of recovery whatsoever, she basically wants to be taken off life support. Then it comes to that time and you know what Travis does? HE DOESN'T EVEN TELL ANYBODY ABOUT THE PAPER. I mean it's what she WANTED and he just completely ignores it AND breaks the LAW. That just mad me so mad.

    And later when she wakes up (of course you have to have a perfect, unrealistic ending) she doesn't even bring it up. Not at all. She doesn't even care that he didn't follow her wishes.

    And a lot of the time when people wake up from long term comas, something is different about them. Like maybe their memory is a little messed up or their personality has changed. But nope Gabby is COMPLETELY back to normal??

    The last thing that bothered me is that he literally went around asking people and himself 'How far will you go in the name of love?' when trying to decide if he should take Gabby off life support or not . WHO ASKS PEOPLE THAT? What does that even mean? And anyway it's not going 'in the name of love' if you break somebody's trust and wishes.

    Does anybody else understand what I'm getting at?


    “How far should a person go in the name of true love?”

    The Choice. I made the wrong choice when deciding to read this lol. Sadly this was not an enjoyable read at all. It was very boring and extremely predictable! It seemed to go on and on and on. It's bad when you find yourself not caring for any of the characters and your constantly checking to see how much more is left to read. Gabby was just plan and annoying. While Travis was so completely perfect and single!..?. Can you say BORING? I did tear up like once... maybe? The last few chapters were slightly better but still very predictable. I was beyond thrilled when I finally finished. It was certainly just a one time read or more like a waste of my time.

    Yes I will be watching the movie and yes I am excited to see it but that's only because when it comes to Nicholas Sparks books the movies are 100 times BETTER than the books. Odd right? But it's the truth. Sparks just doesn't do it for me.

    “Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are in which the ending is a surprise.”

    Only the ENDING was NO surprise!

  7. Nikki De Los Santos Nikki De Los Santos says:

    Pulled at my heart strings and ended up crying for about 5 mintues at the end. His writting has a way of getting in your head and you can imagine yourself in the situation. What would you do......

  8. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Choice, Nicholas Sparks
    The Choice is a 2007 novel written by Nicholas Sparks.
    Part one: Travis Parker and Gabby Holland set off into an interesting journey of life as neighbors and then young lovers. Travis Parker is a happy man with wonderful friends, a great occupation and an enviable life. He thinks his life is already full of joy and happiness – then Gabby Holland moves in the house next door. What blossoms is an emotional and inspiring love story. It is a story about overcoming barriers to be with your loved ones. It is about pure and intense romantic love, trust, strength, and the reality that all choice is a cheap illusion.
    Part two: Gabby suffers an accident, and Travis visits her in the hospital, where she is comatose. The doctors say she probably will never wake up. Travis is forced to make the choice between taking Gabby off life support or to sending her to long term care, knowing that she may never wake up. He decides to take his chances and move her to long term care. Three months later, Gabby wakes up from her coma and moves back into their house.

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و نهم ماه اکتبر سال 2012 میلادی
    عنوان: انتخاب؛ نویسنده: نیکلاس اسپارکس ؛ برگردان: ناهید کبیری؛ ‏‫‏‏تهران: پوینده، ‏‫‏1390 (1389)؛ در 351 ص؛ شابک: 9789642950102؛ چاپ دوم 1393؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده 21 م

    شخصیت نخست داستان، مردی قوی، تقریبا ثروت‌مند، با موقعیت اجتماعی خوب، به نام: «تراویس پارکر» است. او هر چیزی را، که یک مرد ممکن است در زندگی شخصی، و اجتماعی‌ خویش بخواهد، دارد. شغل خوب، و نسبتا پردرآمدی دارد، و در خانه‌ ای در «کارولینای جنوبی» زندگی می‌کند. «تراویس»، بیش‌تر اوقاتش را به قایق‌ سواری، شنا، و خوش‌گذرانی با دوستانش، می‌گذراند، و باور دارد، که رابطه‌ ی جدی با یک زن، تنها محدودیت برایش خواهد آورد، و تقریبا هر کاری می‌کند، تا زیر بار مسئولیت یک رابطه‌ ی جدی، و مشخص با یک زن، نرود. اما زندگی، روی دیگر سکه را به «تراویس پارکر» نشان می‌دهد، و زنی به نام: «گبی هالند»، سر راه «تراویس»، قرار می‌گیرد. او به خانه‌ ی کناری «تراویس»، اسباب‌کشی می‌کند، همان‌جا ساکن می‌شود، و کم‌ کم وارد زندگی شخصی «تراویس» می‌شود. اما داستان همین‌‌جا ختم نمی‌شود. رمان انتخاب بیش‌تر از این‌که داستان پرماجرای جوانه زدن عشق و ازدواج، و تشکیل یک خانواده باشد، داستان یادآوری روزهای سخت، پرتلاطم، و دردناکی است، که یک زوج عاشق‌ پیشه، در روند زندگی مشترک‌شان، ممکن است با آن‌ روبرو شوند. در واقع «انتخاب»، بیش‌تر از این‌که یک رمان عاشقانه باشد، یک داستان درباره‌ ی دشواری‌های زنده نگاه‌ داشتن امید، و عشق است. نقل نمونه متن: «البته همه چیز نمی‌توانست همیشه دلخواه باشد. گاهی اوقات زندگی مثل یک قمار بود. او در سن سی و دو سالگی فهمیده بود که هر کس سهمی از شکست‌ها و حادثه‌ ها دارد. او با این همه توانسته بود خودش را تا آن لحظه خوب حفظ کند. چرا که بعضی از شکست‌ها و حادثه‌ ها می‌توانستند ضربه‌ هائی جدی‌تر از لطمه‌ های بدنی به انسان بزنند. البته زندگی را نمی‌شد پیش‌ بینی کرد. به این سادگی‌ها نبود. مثلا بعضی از هم‌کلاسی‌ هایش، سال‌ها بعد در تصادفات رانندگی مرده بودند. بعضی‌ها بعد از ازدواج طلاق گرفته بودند. بعضی‌ها دچار اعتیاد یا الکل شده بودند، یا سرنوشت، آن‌ها را از این شهر کوچک دور کرده بود. و تنها خاطره‌ هائی از دوران کودکی در ذهن آن‌ها برجای گذاشته بود...؛ او فکر کرد دنسا چقدر کوچک است...؛هریک از آن‌ها، با آن زندگی‌های متفاوت دوران نوجوانی‌شان، با آن جوش‌هائی که پوست صورت‌شان را پر می‌کرد، با آن رابطه‌ ها و مشکلاتی که با دخترها داشتند، با آن حرص و جوش‌ها، که از دست پدرها و مادرهاشان می‌خوردند، هر کدام به چهار دانشگاه، در رشته‌ های مختلف، و ایالت‌های مختلف راه پیدا کردند، درس خواندند و عاقبت یکی پس از دیگری به همین شهر کوچک بیوفورت بازگشتند.»؛ پایان نقل. ا. شربیانی

  9. Elise Elise says:

    I should preface this review by saying that The Choice was a really thoughtful Christmas gift from my little brother, Darren. I'm glad I read it, as I've been curious about the Nicholas Sparks following (at least among a certain, um, demographic). Sparks' writing style is also clear, it's an absurdly fast read, and I'd be lying if I claimed the storyline didn't occasionally leave me a bit verklempt.

    That, however, is where my praise for The Choice ends. First, the characters in this book were ridiculous. Usually I rail against the media's unrealistic portrayal of women, but the male protagonist in this novel was truly beyond the pale. This man had not ONE character flaw (unless blind, unadulterated devotion to the woman he worships counts). Other issues? Love magically cures what modern medicine can't, cheeeeesy cheeeeeeeesy dialogue, and I WANTED THE FEMALE PROTAGONIST TO DIE. Seriously. There either must be something terribly wrong with me and my empathy skills, or there is something wrong with this book.

    I'm sorry, Nicholas Sparks fans. I do enjoy a good fluff-filled love story, and I'm a big fan of certain types of fantasy (hooray, Harry Potter). This was just too much. Maybe The Choice would make a better screenplay; I thoroughly enjoyed the cinematic Notebook, after all.

  10. Rebekah Rebekah says:

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    I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the trailer for the movie. But I had to ask a friend if it had a happy ending or a sad one, cause I wanted to be prepared going into it. I usually don't do that but with this author, you just never know!
    I loved Travis as a character. He seemed genuinely nice and care-free. I felt that he was a guy enjoyed the pleasures of the world especially when it came to women. He wants to one day settle down but hadn't found a woman that really made him feel different when it came to love.

    Gabby was okay. I had a hard time liking her. I felt like she was a bit whiney. I think I understand what the author was trying to convey with this character but she bothered me. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot. When I finally saw the movie I liked movie-Gabby better than book-Gabby.

    The romance.... kinda bothered me. Especially in how Gabby and Travis got together. I felt like it almost glorified cheating. Let me explain. Gabby has a boyfriend. A boyfriend she is waiting and hoping will propose. But the author does a great just job of showing that actions are taken with first the thought. What I mean by that is, every step Gabby took towards Travis was a very conscious decision. He had a very romantic weekend with Travis and all of a sudden Gabby and Travis know they are meant to be together. Now I understand that as soon as Gabby chose Travis she quickly ended it with her boyfriend but it still doesn't excuse (in my mind) that she cheated...big time.

    I loved the turn of events and the choices that had to be made throughout the whole book, before the ultimate relationship between Gabby and Travis and afterwards. It was really sweet-the afterwards.

    Overall: I really enjoyed this story. Despite my mixed feelings about Gabby being in a relationship when she got together with Travis. It was interesting to see how Sparks decided to build the story to ultimately reach its climatic turn of events.

    Sexual Content: moderate
    Language: mild
    Violence: mild/none
    Drugs/Alcohol: mild

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