The Longest Ride Book Review

Book: The Longest Ride

Release date: September 17, 2013
 Pages: 398
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Bought from a Used Bookstore

Summary: Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

*****
 My Thoughts: If you know me, Nicholas Sparks is one of my all time favorite authors, and his books are always a pleasure to read. I had actually seen the movie to this book, and had never read the book, so I wanted to pick it up, and I did. I loved it. How could I not? His writing is something indescribable. It keeps you wanting to read on and on. His characters, and how the two stories of two couples from two different times played side by side was done in complete harmony. I’m so glad I got more of a chance to know Ira and Ruth. I know in the movie they are played and there, but the moments when they are “together,” while Ira is in that car are both heart warming and heart breaking. If you want to know anything about true love, this is the book that will tell you all about it. The contrast between Luke and Sophia’s characters was never off-putting. They seemed to fit each other in a weird way, but it worked. It could be seen as a cliche that the boy is country, and the girl loves the city, but I don’t think Sparks’ point for making his characters like that were to fit the stereotype, more to break it. The ending was probably one of the best ending’s to a book ever. It’s not suspenseful exactly, just very unexpected. I definitely would recommend this book to all and everybody.
Writing: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 9/10
Ending: 8/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall: 46/50
Cover: 7/10
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