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The Longest Ride | Nicholas Sparks

"We shared the longest ride together, this thing called life, and mine has been filled with joy because of you." 

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Number of Pages: 398
Perspective: Alternating First and Third
Location: North Carolina

The Longest Ride is a love story that follows two different couples. One is a flashback of Ira’s marriage with Ruth as he is fighting for his life in the aftermath of a car crash. The second is Sophia, an art history major, who falls in love with Luke, a rodeo rider, who risks his life to save his mother’s ranch. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Nicolas Sparks has written a lot of books—a few really awesome ones, but he’s also written a lot of okay books. One thing is certain, the style of his books is definitely recognizable. Besides love, his books usually have a theme of tragedy for one person, so that another person can have a happy ending. They also contain strange cases of serendipity that bring those circumstances/people together. That is no different for The Longest Ride. However, I will say that this book has one of the most happy endings out of Sparks’ books—and perhaps a too unbelievably happy. I always try to guess the ending of books—a bad habit of mine—and I was able to piece together, mostly, the ending of this one. I think the only reason why I could guess it is because I have gotten to know Sparks’ predictable twists. 

The story flip flops between three main characters. What doesn’t make sense to me, is that Ira’s story is in first-person whereas Luke and Sophia’s story is told in third person. Since Luke and Sophia’s stories are told by a narrator, why bother alternating between the two? I felt as though it was unnecessary to flip-flop.

I also didn’t care as much for Ira’s story. I understand why it was required for the overall storyline, but it was a  summary of his entire relationship with Ruth. It felt choppy and I didn’t have a connection with them. Since Luke and Sophia’s relationship was told over a shorter period of time and in more detail, it was easier to feel more present and interested in their story. It also helped that I loved the setting of Luke’s ranch. It made me want to get my own plot of land and live the country life. 

Overall, it was just another love story for me. It was easy to read and kept me interested, but it really wasn’t anything that blew me away. I prefer Sparks’ The Lucky One and Safe Haven, but if you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it hereAfter you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“Do not worry about tomorrow until you have to.”

  4/5 Stars

Amber Gregg 

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