Safe Haven


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THE BOOK
is the 16th novel by Nicholas Sparks and his ninth which has been adapted into a movie.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
I’d seen Mr. Spark’s books everywhere for years and I heard of the new movie, so I decided to try him out. I have never read one of his books before.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED
I stopped reading after what felt like mountains of near-pointless description, just a paragraph before the main character’s appearance is described. The first few pages are developed almost exclusively to setting. There was a character, but I couldn’t identify with her because she has nothing going on. She’s a waitress, a job some would consider crappy, but lots of waitstaff enjoy their jobs and this character expresses no strong feelings either way in the opening.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING
The main character could have experienced some inner conflict to draw you in. The description of setting and mood could have been reduced. Due to the commercial success of his novels, I suspect Mr. Sparks’s choices reflect the desires of his target audience (which as a young adult male, I am not), but I was still disappointed as I expected at least one of the issues promised in the summary to be hinted at.

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