Friday, May 8, 2015
Review: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks and The Longest Ride (2015) Film
Summary from Goodreads:
MAJOR MOTIONPICTURE FROM TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX. OPENS APRIL 10, 2015. STARRING SCOTT EASTWOOD, BRITT ROBERTSON, ALAN ALDA. WITH PHOTOS FROM THE MOVIE.
In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.
Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes 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. A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, 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.
I'm not really an adult romance reader, I enjoy fantasy or paranormal romance but regular realistic romance just is not my cup of tea (besides Jojo Moyes, her writing alone made me love her).
I did not hate this novel, but it was not my favorite. I felt that it could have wrapped up quicker, and the way that Ira's story was told dragged (which is why I liked the film better). And the ending was interesting, but did not make very much sense compared to the film version.
My favorite POV was Sophia, and I believe the book would have been better without Luke's POV. Plus, I like character development, and this focused too much on the romance.
I recommend checking this if you enjoy Sparks, this was one of his better novels.
Three Stars Out of Five
The Film: The Longest Ride (2015)
Surprisingly I felt that the film was better structured story telling wise, it makes more sense that the couple, Sophia and Luke became friends with Ira and he told them his story. The way the novel structured the story made me like it less.
Besides the plot, the actors were great, Britt was a great Sophia, and loved the two different love stories of Luke and Sophia, and Ruth and Ira, that the movie dove into.
I would recommend this as a great popcorn movie, but it will make you tear up.