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The Lucky One

The Lucky One - Nicholas Sparks My Rating: 3.0 After reading The Last Song, but not quite understanding why everyone loves Nicholas Sparks, I decided to give reading The Lucky One a shot for two main reasons: the movie just recently (I think) came out (and I might watch it even though it features Zac Efron as the main character whom I disliked ever since his role in High School Musical) and I really wanted to like Nicholas Sparks' novels like everyone else. It didn't happen. The Lucky One contained a unique plot I've never read of before. Logan Thibault miraculously survived several bombing incidents in the war he fought in while other people died. His best friend Vincent (who died in a boat accident shortly after they both retired from fighting) believed it was because of the photo of a young woman Logan found in the fields. Thibault went out searching for the woman in the photo to pay some sort of debt for the luck, who happened to be Elizabeth (or Beth for short), and unexpectedly falls in love with her. And then there's Beth's ex-husband, Keith Clayton. Readers meet Clayton in the first chapter (where Clayton is secretly taking pictures of women skinny dipping) and we can automatically tell that Clayton is an obnoxious, selfish, jerk (to put it very kindly). Clayton is obviously still in love with Beth, even though he himself, of course, doesn't realize it. Clayton hates Thibault with a passion (ever since Thibault slashed holes in Clayton's jeep tires and took the camera from him) and when Thibault starts dating Beth, Clayton starts digging for Thibault's secrets. Each chapter in The Lucky One is told from a different character's point of view, altering between Thibault, Beth, and Clayton. Usually, I love reading books like these, but Nicholas Sparks managed to somehow ruin it. When the part of the story is being told from Beth's point of view, a paragraph is added in the chapter containing Thibault's thoughts about the current situation. I reread the paragraph again, thinking I was just reading it wrong, but no, it was written like that. There were also two noticeable errors in the first half of the book. (I don't know if there are any more errors later on, after reading about one-half of the book, I just skimmed the rest.) The Lucky One lacked emotion, feeling, and depth. It was also pretty predictable. One thing that I can give Nicholas Sparks credit for is how he lead readers to think the worse happened - until the last two pages of the book. (I thought Thibault died along with Clayton in the river, until it was revealed in the second to last page that Logan was still alive.) The Lucky One, luckily, has no sad ending, unlike Nicholas Sparks' other novels. I'm not sure if I'll be reading another Nicholas Sparks novel anytime soon, I don't find it particularly amazing like other people do. ohdamnbooks: the lucky one