Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: Fiction - Romance
Plot: First, here is the summary of "The Lucky One" from Amazon - After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck -- winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. 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 woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels for the woman he encounters in North Carolina - Elizabeth, a divorced mother -- and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, his secret soon threatens to tear them apart -- destroying not only their love, but also their lives. Filled with tender romance and terrific suspense, THE LUCKY ONE is an unforgettable story about the surprising paths our lives often take and the power of fate to guide us to true and everlasting love.
Nicholas Sparks' wrote a beautiful love story! It was complicated at times and there were many twists in the plot, but it was really a story about fate and love and how intertwined we are. I've read two of his other books (Dear John, The Last Song) and this one is his first written in third person omniscient, which was a bit difficult to read at times and sometimes it felt like an information dump, but it was a good story. It took me a little bit to get into the book because there was no dialogue for a long time. It was just back-story, but I did enjoy the book.
Romantic Element: I really enjoyed the relationship between Logan and Beth, so pure and Logan is a complete gentleman and romantic. Definitely what most women are looking for in a man. It made it easy for me to pretend that Logan was real and I was Beth. I liked that. And though Sparks' does mention sex in his books, he does not good into details and I really appreciate that.
Overall: I did really enjoy the book once I finally got into it. It was a little predictable and slow in places, but it is possible to move past that point. What I really like about Nicholas Sparks is that he doesn't throw everything into only the love story. There's pain and action and in this book, a suspicious and controlling ex-husband, complete with little boy throws the story into a new realm. Did I mention that he's part of the police force? There's also the point of a view of a marine in war that is frightening and heart-breaking at the same time. Nicholas Sparks doesn't just write a love story, he writes the history of two characters that have completely different lives and are thrown together by a photograph, discovered in a war zone that provides luck to a stranger. Brilliant! I definitely recommend this book!
Movie Review *could contain a little spoiler*
Now, I went to see this movie alone and I'd only seen one movie by myself before this. I went to the 3rd Lord of the Rings for a second time, by myself. Great movie, but back to the review. I'm the kind of person that likes to make little comments to a friend during a movie, unless I've really been anticipating it. It was really nice to sit alone. The theater was packed and I gave up my seat (and the empty seat next to me) to two girls that were trying to share one seat. That was my good deed for the day. :)
The movie followed very closely with the book and I was actually surprised that Zac Efron did a nice job playing Logan. I expected Logan to be a little older since he is 28 in the book, but it was still good. Zeus, the dog, was one of my favorite characters. :) I love dogs anyway. The only thing that I didn't like was the minor changes to the ending. Hollywood really shouldn't change the ending to movies. Zeus was supposed to be the savior, but he wasn't. Oh well. I can understand that they wanted to give one of the characters a redeeming quality, but it irked me a little. If you read the book first and see it you'll understand. They also did add a part with Logan meeting Beth's brother, but that is not accurate with the book.
I do recommend the movie if you like a good love story. :)