Publication Date: September 30, 2007
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life — boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies — he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him…and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn’t help. Despite himself, Travis can’t stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?
I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the trailer for the movie. But I had to ask a friend if it had a happy ending or a sad one, cause I wanted to be prepared going into it. I usually don’t do that but with this author, you just never know!
I loved Travis as a character. He seemed genuinely nice and care-free. I felt that he was a guy enjoyed the pleasures of the world especially when it came to women. He wants to one day settle down but hadn’t found a woman that really made him feel different when it came to love.
Gabby was okay. I had a hard time liking her. I felt like she was a bit whiney. I think I understand what the author was trying to convey with this character but she bothered me. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot. When I finally saw the movie I liked movie-Gabby better than book-Gabby.
The romance…. kinda bothered me. Especially in how Gabby and Travis got together. I felt like it almost glorified cheating. Let me explain. Gabby has a boyfriend. A boyfriend she is waiting and hoping will propose. But the author does a great just job of showing that actions are taken with first the thought. What I mean by that is, every step Gabby took towards Travis was a very conscious decision. He had a very romantic weekend with Travis and all of a sudden Gabby and Travis know they are meant to be together. Now I understand that as soon as Gabby chose Travis she quickly ended it with her boyfriend but it still doesn’t excuse (in my mind) that she cheated…big time.
I loved the turn of events and the choices that had to be made throughout the whole book, before the ultimate relationship between Gabby and Travis and afterwards. It was really sweet-the afterwards.
Overall: I really enjoyed this story. Despite my mixed feelings about Gabby being in a relationship when she got together with Travis. It was interesting to see how Sparks decided to build the story to ultimately reach its climatic turn of events.
Sexual Content: moderate