Search Results: "Nicholas Sparks"


BOOK REVIEW

A WALK TO REMEMBER by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 1999

"Weepy wisdom aimed at the holiday trade."
Sparks (The Notebook, 1996; Message in a Bottle, 1998) carries on in his determined effort to make people cry, this time with an old premise, slow windup, and wobbly pitch. Read full book review >

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SEE ME by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"More of the same: Sparks has his recipe, and not a bit of it is missing here. It's the literary equivalent of high fructose corn syrup, stickily sweet but irresistible."
Sparks (The Longest Ride, 2013, etc.) serves up another heaping helping of sentimental Southern bodice-rippage. Read full book review >

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THE GUARDIAN by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2003

"Tame thriller, simply written—but Sparks's name should sell it."
The megaselling writer of just-folks tearjerkers (Nights in Rodanthe, not reviewed, etc.) tries his hand at suspense—with lackluster results. Read full book review >

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SAFE HAVEN by Nicholas Sparks
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"An emotionally wrenching story with a dramatic happily-ever-after."
A young woman with secrets finds home, community and a potential new love in a small North Carolina beach town; now if she can only rid herself of a past that haunts her, she may just have the life she's always longed for. Read full book review >

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NIGHTS IN RODANTHE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2002

"Short, to the point, and absolutely unremarkable: sure to be another medium-hot romance-lite hit for Sparks, who at the very least can never be accused of overstaying his welcome."
A mother unburdens a story of past romance to her troubled daughter for no good reason. Read full book review >

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THE LONGEST RIDE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Just the sort of thing for Sparks buffs."
Love means never having to say you're dead. Read full book review >

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THE RESCUE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"More Hallmarkiana, from a shameless expert in the genre."
High-stakes weepmeister Sparks (A Walk to Remember, 1999, etc.) opts for a happy ending his fourth time out. His writing has improved—though it's still the equivalent of paint-by-numbers—and he makes use this time of at least a vestige of credible psychology. Read full book review >

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1998

"But enough already. (First printing of 750,000; film rights to Warner Bros.)"
Famous from the best-sellerdom of The Notebook (1996), Sparks sails again into the waters of many tears—though this time, thanks to fewness of charms in the writing and diminished reason to suspend disbelief, Kleenex sales are likely to remain stable. Read full book review >

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THE NOTEBOOK by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1996

"Destined, positively, for success. (First serial to Good Housekeeping; film rights to New Line Cinema; Literary Guild selection)"
Sparks's debut is a contender in the Robert Waller book-sweeps for most shamelessly sentimental love story, with honorable mention for highest octane schmaltz throughout an extended narrative. Read full book review >

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FALLING HARD by Megan Sparks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"This fun romp of a girls' sports story would make a highly watchable flick (and arguably already has, given its resemblance to the 2009 film Whip It). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Roller derby and cheerleading are even farther apart than London and Liberty Heights, Ill. Read full book review >

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LOTUS BLUE by Cat Sparks
Released: March 7, 2017

"The epitome of a slow burn, with a drawn-out plot and leisurely pace, this jigsaw puzzle requires full attention to piece together. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A post-apocalyptic vision from Australia. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Though fuzzy on the future, a remarkable story about a remarkable episode in world history."
An absorbing account of South Africa's recent five-year ``negotiated revolution.'' Johannesburg-based veteran reporter Sparks (The Mind of South Africa, 1990) is well situated to interview both apartheid-era Afrikaner officials and members of the African National Congress. Read full book review >