#1 The Notebook

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RATING : 4.9/5

Cher Reader,

“The Notebook” is one of the very few books which do not need an introduction, and I have to say that a literary piece as beautiful and poignant as “The Notebook” is an honor to read.

The novel is set in the breath-taking backdrop of North Carolina, where Noah Calhoun, a thirty one year old man, works on re-modelling his house, drowned in the memories of the past. Every day, he is haunted by the memories of a summer, 14 years ago, when he experienced a love so deep that it is still etched in his heart, and a bond so strong that he still feels’ her’ in his veins.

Allie Hamilton is the daughter of a high class socialite. To any person, it would appear that she is the happiest person in the world, as she is engaged to the city’s richest and most famous lawyer, has a great family, and a perfect life ahead of her. Little does anyone know of the thunder brewing in her heart. With every passing day nearing her marriage, all she can remember is the passionate love of a summer, 14 years ago. A passion which freed her, a love which tamed her, and a soul which became her.

Nicholas Sparks is nothing but a perfectionist. In ‘The Notebook’, he has penned down a novel inspired by the story of a real life couple, and this makes ‘The Notebook’ even more special. The characters share not just ‘chemistry’, they understand each other even when age, destiny, family, and the universe itself is against them. Noah and Allie are forced to part ways due to the hypocrisies of the society. The author has painted an arresting picture of a fierce fight they take up against all odds.

Yeah! You must be wondering how I forgot about the movie adaptation (Well, I was saving it to be the icing on the cake)! The transcreation is as good as it could possibly be. The protagonists that made the book so special, come alive and make you cry even harder on the screen. The book and its adaptation go hand in hand, just like the characters (Noah and Allie) they represent.

I suggest (read: demand :P) you to read ‘The Notebook’. It will compel you to relive every moment of love you have ever experienced, and restore your faith in the power of true love. (Keep tissues, like many rolls of them right next to you)

Excerpt:

I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough…” 
 Noah Calhoun, The Notebook

Yours Frankly

Naty

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#3 the fault in our stars

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RATING : 4.7/5

 

Cher Reader,

When I had finished reading the first page of “The Fault in Our stars”, I knew right then and there that this novel was going to change me. And God, had I ever been truer?!

The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel Grace Lancaster, now in her final stage of cancer. On her mother’s behest, she attends a cancer patient’s support group, where she meets a 17-year-old teenage boy named Augustus Walters, who had lost a leg to ‘osteosarcoma’. Augustus came to the group to support his friend Isaac, but instead ends up taking a liking for Hazel. As days pass, Hazel and Augustus bond over Books, games, movies and Cancer. Inevitably, they fall in love.

The author, ‘John Green’, has written a touching literary piece that describes beautifully the life of those who are fighting cancer. What I liked the most about the book was that Green does not make cancer patients appear as pitiful beings. Instead, he has shown the side of them which often goes unperceived – the side where they get up each day knowing that it might be the last one; the side where they laugh out at cancer with their friends and family; the side where they look right into the eyes of their loved ones and say, ”I’ll be fine”, when they themselves are unsure of the statement. “The fault in our stars” is among those fortunate books which have a screen adaptation. The movie brilliantly captures the entire exquisiteness and emotions of the characters, and if I take the liberty of being “bold”, I will even say that it perfectly complements the novel.

Green makes you fall in love with the beauty of imperfections. As you finish the last page, you realise that it takes a hell lot of courage to downplay your pain and fix a smile on your face for the people you love, even when you know that all hope is lost. Hazel and Augustus enjoy a love which most individuals don’t get to feel in their entire life. “The Fault in Our stars” is a book whose every page is a tribute to those who have fought cancer, their families who stood beside them, their friends, and lovers who did not lose hope, no matter what came their way. I say, pick a copy, and let your heart rejoice in the eternity of love captured in these numbered pages

Yours Frankly

Naty

#6 A knight in shining armour

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RATING : 4.2/5

 

Cher Reader,

Once you finish reading “A knight in shining armour”, you will be compelled by a strong desire to hook yourself up on the internet and find anything, like seriously anything else written by Jude Devereaux.

Dougless Montgomery is a simple elementary school teacher. The Montgomerys are all brilliant, rich, and afraid of nothing, but Dougless is an exception to her family. She is intimidated by her glorious relatives and has her self-esteem as thin as a paper. To add misery to her life, she somehow falls for the wrong guy, every single time. Dougless (courtesy to her sucky choice in guys), is left weeping all alone in a church over the tomb of Nicholas Stafford. Lost in her sorrow and asking God to send a Knight in shining armour, she somehow pulls Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, back from the 16th century to the 20th century.

Devereaux has a knack for transporting you in time along with Nicholas and Dougless. With every page you read, you will be compelled to check your surroundings for ominous signs of time travel (:D :D). Nicholas Stafford was sentenced to death for treason to the Queen. On time travelling 400 hundred years ahead, he studies the past and tries to find proof of his innocence through history. A man of amazingly seductive looks and a rakish personality, he stumbles clueless and innocently around the 20thcentury. Deveraux prolifically binds the story of two different eras together. Not even once will she give away too much or too less about the story. The relation between Nicholas & Dougless is one of ‘friends’, ‘confidants’, and ‘lovers’. Jude Devereaux explores beautifully how true love makes people much better than they are, how it completes a person in ways that are beyond imagination.

You might ask yourself, “What is the point of reading a love story that involves time travel? Modern-day long distance relationships are hard to sustain, and here, characters are doing it over different eras. This shit just does not happen dude!” To you, I say, may be, all we need is a Knight in shining armour, a man who would fight this world and rescue us. Go ahead and listen to your heart for once- “A knight in shining armour” will restore your faith in immortal love. If anything ever goes wrong in your life, this book will become a friend to reassure you, that someday, everything will make sense.

Yours Frankly

Naty