Thursday 16 April 2015


I'm sure most of you (females) have heard of Nicholas Sparks and have probably shed a few tears to his romantic soppy movies, if you don't know him by name he was the writer behind The Notebook, The Last Song, Dear John, A Walk to Remember - any idea yet?

Well anyway, after having watched all the movie adaptations of his books, I thought i'd give one of his books a try before it hit the big screen. It was what I expected, boy meets girl, they fall in love, things get complicated, same old same old. What I liked about this book and what Sparks tends to add to this is another storyline aside from the main one so you have a lot more going on than just your average love story.

The Longest Ride focuses on bull rider Luke Collins (played by the gorgeous Scott Eastwood - for those of you over 30's reading this, Clint Eastwood's son) and sorority girl Sophia (can't remember her surname but played by that chick that's in every movie lately Britt Robertson). They meet and face some difficulties and certain things get in the way that tests how strong their love really is.

The storyline that I found to be quite interesting was that of Ira and Ruth. In the book the chapters are divided into different POVs being Luke's, Sophia's and Ira's. He is in his 70s and most of his chapters revolve around flashbacks of when he and his wife were young, there's something about love in the 50's that seemed a lot more real and passionate than it does nowadays, the way he describes everything is so simple but yet so beautiful.

I literally finished this book 2 hours before the premier of the movie last Friday (I even took it to DisneyWorld so I could read in the queues and finish it on time) and was pretty weird how the ending of the book was the first thing that appeared in the movie. The way the book was set out meant they had to make a few changes to way the series of events occurred, but still stayed true to the storyline. I found myself tearing up several times when hearing Ira's letters to his wife amongst other events (trying to prevent spoilers here!!) but they were mostly happy tears!

In essence, if you want to see gorgeous cowboys, some saucy shower sex scenes, bull-riding, an array of beautiful art and want to feel even lonelier than you are now, then this one is for you!


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