June 6, 2012

Book Review: The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks

If you know Nicholas Sparks, you know he is known for his love stories. The Rescue is no different. This book tells about the life of single mother Denise Holton and her son, Kyle. Kyle has issues with speaking and understanding language, and Denise has given up much of her life, including finding love, to devote herself to working with her son. One night Denise and Kyle get into a car accident, and Kyle goes missing until volunteer fireman Taylor McAden comes to the rescue. After that night Denise and Taylor spend months getting to know one another, and Denise admires Taylor's ability to connect with and accept Kyle. But Taylor has issues of his own causing Denise's idea of a "fairy tale" to not be so magical. The pair seem like a match made in heaven, but we are left wondering if Taylor will be able to face his past so he can finally allow himself to love and be loved in return.

I'm ashamed to say it, but it took me three months to read this book. I started it in the middle of spring semester, just as my work load began to get heavier, and I ended up having to put reading for leisure on the back burner. But I also think it took me a while to read because the beginning of the story was a little boring and predictable. As much as I love a love story, it needs to be different to keep my attention. The Rescue was typical, and there wasn't enough conflict between the characters in the book. However, the last several chapters saved it for me. Sparks threw in a lot of twists at the end of the book, and I found myself not being able to stop reading. I'm not going to lie, I was bawling as I read the final chapters.

I've read two other Nicholas Sparks books before this one, which I loved. I don't think The Rescue was as good as the other books. It didn't have that spice that I think is necessary in order to write a successful love story. If I was asked to recommend good books to read, this book would not make the list. But if you're willing to power through a boring beginning for a tear jerking ending, I'd say go for it.

1 comment:

  1. The Rescue was a little predictable in the beginning, but I thought the ending was well worth it. That's one thing I really enjoy about Nicholas Sparks' writing, he definitely comes up with some fascinating twists. It's especially impressive when you consider his large body of work, and how many best-sellers and movies he's been responsible for creating. As a published love story author, I know it takes a lot of time and effort to be able to come up with a really fresh, interesting story, and I'm always interested to see what Sparks will come up with next.