30. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

Is it truly a Nicholas Sparks book, if you haven’t shed a few -or many, often many- tears? Of course not! “A walk to remember”, “The Notebook”, “Dear John”, oh my! The list can go on.

Anyway living upto his reputation, Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks is a heartfelt story of a father-daughter relationship, with all the ups and downs that comes with marriage and family. This is type of story I wasn’t expecting from Sparks – seeing the various kinds of love stories he has penned – but the tearjerker it was, made me love it by the end.

The story is narrated by Russel Green, a son to two hardworking parents, a brother to an amazingly witty elder sister Marge, husband to an ungrateful wife aka Vivian, and an ex to warm hearted/prejudice free lafy; Emily. Russ has a daughter; London who is at the center of his life along with keeping Vivian happy. He describes himself as a people pleaser that often lead him to put in extra hours and work trips to earn more money for his family, and missing out on important moments in London’s growing years. However, going on a whim and realizing that his job is in jeopardy he starts his own business in advertising, leading to life changing events that are revealed as the story moves on.

Despite me struggling in the first 200 pages, it seemed a bit of a drag and I was half tempted to stop reading as the topic and story seemed suited for adults. If you’re a teenager or in your early twenties, relating to this story or even forming interest might seem difficult as the story is about marriage and the problems that come along once the “honeymoon” phase ends. Compared to other Sparks books this wasn’t amazing but I seemed to enjoy it by the end though.

So, back to the basics:

  • Rating: 3.0/5.0
  • Favorite quote: “The Strength to be who you are without the fear of rejection from others was something I respected, if only because it was something I aspired to myself
  • Reader level: Easy.
  • Should you read: I’m not sure.
  • Would I read it again: Probably when I’m in my 40’s.

Till next time,

– Sarah

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