​Book Title: The Choice    April 22, 2017

I felt it was a difficult situation for Travis when he had to make a choice of either to pull off Gabby’s life support to follow their will or keep his hopes up, that she might soon be waking up. It’s hard in the sense that he has to respect what Gabby has decided to happen when she is in the same situation. Travis chose to keep her alive, anyway. I guess he cannot stand having the rest of his life wondering what could have happened if he gave Gabby more time. 

Travis and Gabby owned a pet which they both took care of and loved. Like both the protagonists, I also had a pet dog before. I know the feeling of taking care of it and being overly concerned with everything it does. Pets surely give happiness to people. 

It is obvious with the title that one or both of the characters would really make a choice. For me, the biggest choice that Gabby did was when she broke off her long-time relationship with Kevin to take a chance with Gavin. I just wondered why Gabby did that, knowing that she does not know much about Gavin yet. For me, in reality her choice was not so convincing.

The book ended with the family spending a blissful day together, which I think is how they would be living for the rest of their lives. Although they all had to undergo some adjustments with their relationship as a family, they will eventually overcome it and continue living happy life.

Book title: Safe Haven             April 22, 2017

Book Title: Safe Haven                    Date: April 22, 2017
Part 1

Safe Haven is a different kind of novel written novel written by Nicholas Sparks. He gave Katie a courageous and strong character as she decided to leave her husband and go to a different place. I felt how hard it was for her to be in that situation. She was scared, but she’s determined to be out of the hell Kevin has got her into. I admire her for she desperately strived to survive. It is something that’s not too common for a female character of a love story. 

Our family moved to a new house when I was 11, so I had to adjust with the new environment and the new people we meet. At first it was really difficult to connect with the new people. You never know whom to talk to and whom to ask but later we managed to get along with these new folks just as Katie did. She even found a new bestfriend, Jo. 

The character of Jo in the story I believe, makes the novel take another step closer to being unrealistic, although her presence helped  Katie develop her attraction to  Alex. I just wonder why the author had to make Jo and use her as a ghost and did not choose another person, say Jo’s closest friend instead. It could have made the story free from unrealistic elements. 

I suppose Katie and Alex will have children of their own and continue their love story as they move on from each other’s past. They will build a happy family where they love and support each other. 

Part 2

​Book Title: The Notebook       April 22, 2017

Part 1

Noah is a perfect example of a person with pure, loving heart. I felt how much he loved his wife through the years. Allie was lucky indeed that she made the right choice with whom to marry. She chose someone who could love her until the end.
Noah and Allie are both nature lovers, one thing that makes me connect with how they felt while exploring the river banks on that day they fell in love again. Like them I also love every scenery that I encounter with the nature. It never fails to amaze me. 

Allie is a good woman, and she indeed made a difficult choice when she faced a dilemma as she had to decide whether to go back to Lon and forget Noah or be honest with Lon and live with Noah. Surely it’s not easy, for both men were totally different. Lon was rich and smart while Noah was poor and poetic. I just wonder what made her consider Noah despite her surely bright future with Lon. 

I guess the end of the story would be a happy ending, although it’s not the typical type of happy ending that everybody knows. Both of them would die in love and faithful with each other. That’s what true love really is, loving each other despite all the odds, not letting memory loss rule over their hearts.
Part 2

The first chapter starts with a striking question, “Who am I?” On this part of the chapter, I was really wondering who the narrator is and how he is related to the other characters that I’ll soon encounter. Then a clue would be given that the narrator is in his old age which gives me an idea that he is going to narrate a memory from his past. He then provides two choices of how I, as the reader, would see his story. I could be a love story or a tragedy. But he says it’s little bit of both, so I suppose it’s quite a heart-touching one. When the narrator talks about meeting nurses and the appearance of other people where he/she is staying, I got the idea that the place is a home for the aged people. It took me seven paragraphs before I knew the narrator’s gender. He shares about what he sees in the room where he leads and seems to go to often. He opens the door for another character whom, I suppose, is his wife. She doesn’t remember him. There I understood how his story is both a romantic and tragic one. 
I feel sorry for what Noah has experienced after a few decades of being together with Allie. They shared true love, yet they were tested by a thief-like disease. It’s hard to look at someone you love knowing that she cannot remember any of the good memories you shared. Despite this ache, he still chose to be with his Allie. He chose to continue their live story though he also suffers from his own weakening body. His lines during their anniversary saying,  “I do not move, on this our anniversary, for almost a minute, and long to tell her how I feel, but I stay quiet so I won’t wake her,” clearly shows how Noah endures this difficult situation he is in. 

Allie makes me realize how a woman should stand for her choices. When she was younger her parents decided for her life, but for a very important part of it, she managed to stand up and be firm to decide on her own even if it means her future won’t be as bright if she only chooses to be with Lon. She also made a difficult choice when they discovered that she has Alzheimer’s disease. On her letter, Allie says “I love you so deeply, so incredibly much, that I will find a way to come back to you despite my disease, I promise you that.” And she really did. She fought for her memory of Noah as hard as she could. They’ve done miracles together.
The novel mainly talks only about two characters, Noah and Allie, and the others were introduced shortly. I cannot say I could relate much with Allie’s character, because I am not sure if I would make the same choice if I were on her shoes, nor Noah, for I am not as good as him regarding poems. I feel like I’m somehow like someone else in the story. I think I’m most like Allie’s mother, Anne Nelson. 

At first, I did not like how Anne Nelson interrupted Allie and Noah’s love story. She kept Allie away from New Bern, where her memories of Noah resides. She also stopped Allie from doing what she loves—painting. I’m sure Anne knows that her daughter is an artist, a talented painter, but she doesn’t see it as a practical way of living for someone like her daughter. She wanted Allie to be someone else, someone she imagined. Somehow, she has become too selfish when she kept  all of Noah’s letters for Allie. I guess that was too much. She made herself a barrier between two lovers who only wanted to be with each other. 

Although  Anne’s actions made her an antagonist of the story, I like how she really did her role as a mother to Allie. I understand that as a mother, she sees Noah as a threat to Allie’s future.  She thinks Noah cannot give the future she’s dreaming for Allie. Like her, I am also very careful with the decisions I make for my future. I made a decision to avoid those who would make my life miserable. For my future, I want someone who works and strives hard to become better. But, unlike Anne, I won’t go as far as keeping Noah’s letters. Again, that’s too much. Keeping others from their right to love and choose for themselves when to love is too much. Unlike Anne, I guess I would just be giving advices and reminders to Allie instead of commanding her. 

What I love about Anne Nelson is that she knows when she has to admit that she has done something wrong. It was when she gave Noah’s letters to Allie and told her that she will support her whatever decision she’ll make that made me admire her as a mother. I value that attitude and that’s also what I do. Even though it could be hard and embarrassing, I believe that admitting that you’re not perfect and you’ve done some shortcomings makes you a better person. 
Chapter 8: Winter for Two

(Allie’s point of view)

I stare outside the window at the courtyard, where friends and families meet. He was reading while he sat next to me. He finished and removed his glasses, then he wiped his eyes. I knew he was looking at me, but I can’t look back. 

We spend every day together. We walk, talk, eat, he reads his notebook to me. Sometimes, at night, I hear him sneak into my room when he thinks I’m sleeping. He watches me. He makes me wonder who he really is, for I don’t understand why he gives such effort. 

Days passed, I came to know some details of him. I appreciate the story he reads to me, it’s romantic. A beautiful story of love. He held my hand, I felt his calloused and swelling fingers bit I don’t mind. He does not speak, he just looks at me. He always does and it makes me wonder all the more. 

“That was a beautiful story.” I tell him.

He smiles. “ Yes it is.” He says.

“Did you write it?” 

“Yes.” He answered.

I turn to my nightstand and see my medicine in a little cup.

“I’ve heard it before, haven’t I?” I asked.

“Yes.” Ha says again.

I look at his face and wonder about so many things about him. 

“It makes me feel less afraid,” I tell him genuinely

“I know,” he nods.

I turn away and take a sip of the medicine. I ask him again. “Is it a true story? I mean do you know these people?”

“Yes,” he answers briefly as he looks at me.

“Well, which one did she finally marry?”

“The one that was right for her.”

“Which one was that?”

“You’ll know by the end of the day. You’ll know.”

I wanted to know and I believe him. It’s all I can do. I’m not sure about anything but I know I can trust him. There must be something in him. 

I tell him I have to ask him about something. Something I’m really curious about and I really want to know. He says he’ll try to answer bit I’m still finding the words to say. 

“Take your time,” he says.

“I don’t want to hurt your feelings because you’ve been so nice to me, but.. who are you?” 

“My name is Duke.”

I tried to think of the name. I cannot remember his name. “Duke,” I just said as I accepted his answer. 

“Yes, I’m here for you.”

His words make me feel safe. He always makes me feel special. Suddenly, I felt the tears on my cheek as they travel down my face. I do not understand anything. I’m confused. I’m confused about everything. 

He tells me I’m Hannah, a lover of life, strength to those who shared my friendships, an artist, kind, loyal and so much more. He tells a lot about me. I hear him, but I don’t know how to respond. I just stare at him.

 

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Feb 23, 2017

Part 1

Landon’s choice of staying with Jamie on the midst of her worst condition makes me consider him a brave man. I see him as a man with undeniable courage since it’s never easy to see a rich and popular man like him could really stay with a poor and sick girl as Jamie.

When I was in 4th grade, I met a young boy named Juris whose father, like Landon, was a politician. While reading the parts where Landon speaks with his father, I remember my classmate who also seems to be following just as what his parents tell him to do. Like Landon, he also had quite a bad reputation of being a naughty kid who always gets everyone’s attention.

I wonder why Hegbert  Sullivan did not ask for financial support regarding his daughter’s health. Had he announced that Jamie has leukemia earlier, surely people would help them and she could have lived longer and her love story with Landon could have ended happily.

I guess Landon would be loving and remembering Jamie until his last breath. It was mentioned that he kept on going back on their memories so that means he cannot and has no plans of forgetting Jamie.

Part 2

My favorite part of the story was that moment when Landon first noticed Jamie’s beauty. That was when Miss Garber asked her to stand and present herself to the class for she is the one assigned to act as the angel to the drama that her father actually wrote. For me that is a hint for the start of their love story. While I was reading that part, I was really expecting that later, Landon would appreciate Jamie more than the beauty he has seen.

What I most wanted to happen was that though Jamie died, Landon would find her as a part of his past and continue living his life.

What I really liked was Landon’s brave decision to stay with Jamie and make her dreams come true until her last breath.

What surprised me was when Jamie suddenly announced that she has leukemia just when everything was gong so right and almost perfect.

What I most admired about the main character was his great undying love for Jamie.

What inspired me was Jamie and Landon’s unusual love story and how they managed to stay in love despite the difficult situation they’re into.

What I hated the most was the reality that no matter how rich Landon was, he cannot extend Jamie’s life.

What I wanted to see in the ending is Landon would finally find peace regarding Jamie’s death and probably consider moving on.

What I predicted to happen which actually did was that Landon and Jamie would have a tragic love story.

What the novel taught me was that we do not take hold of our lives so we should make the most of it with and for our loved ones.

What I would want to ask the author was why does it really have to be a tragic love story and why Landon stayed unmarried for years.

Angel Mae Monserat