Book Reviews of The Lucky One

The Lucky One
The Lucky One
Author: Nicholas Sparks
ISBN-13: 9780446698344
ISBN-10: 0446698342
Publication Date: 8/11/2009
Pages: 224
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 333 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
This is the second book read I've read by Sparks, the first one recently was True Believer, both books were so good. Sparks does seem to keep repeating the same elements, e.g. the lonely stranger; Logan in The Lucky One and Jeremy in True Believer. It is not something that gets old both books while have some of the same elements are fresh and orignal in the classic love story that they both tell. The Lucky One as well is filled with some twists and I found myself stopping a couple of times in surprise at whatever detail came about. The ending specificially had my heart racing.

A great read for any lazy day!
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Helpful Score: 3
Another book by Nicholas Sparks that does not dissappoint. Read it in a day. My favorite so far. The characters come alive & you feel everything the writer writes about. Was dissappointed when I was done reading it as I did not want it to end. This will be a great movie too. Don't pass this one up. A great story by one of the best. Now I know why I buy all his books!
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Helpful Score: 1
Nicholas Sparks has been captivating readers with unforgettable love stories for over a decade. His new release, The Lucky One, comes next after Nights in Rodanthe, an earlier Spark's novel adapted into a screen play that is currently showing and starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

The hero of this story is Logan Thibault, a United States Marine, who served three tours of duty in Iraq. On his last tour in Iraq, he finds a photo of a beautiful young lady in the sand. He displays the picture on the base bulletin board, but no one claims it. Since there was no claimant for the picture, he carries it in his pocket.

Victor, his best Marine buddy, insists the photo is Logan's lucky charm that will bring him good luck and he should carry it always. After winning poker games, surviving deadly battles, and then losing his closest friends, he returns home to Colorado with his lucky photo intact. Later, Logan cannot get the photo out of his mind and with his dog Zeus; he embarks on a adventurous cross country trek on foot to discover his destiny.

During his travels he analyzes the photo and notices three extremely large pine trees in the background which lead him to Hampton, North Carolina where he meets Elizabeth Clayton and her son Ben. Elizabeth is the woman in the picture. Logan's secret of the photo stays with him during the beginnings of their relationship.

Logan obtains work as a dog trainer for Elizabeth and her mother. He befriends Ben and replaces the father-son relationship which formerly had been with his real dad. This bond waned because Ben did not live up to the father's expectations of a jock, as he liked to play chess and the violin.

As Thibault' s relationship turns to love, Elizabeth's ex-husband, Keith Clayton, the Sheriff of Hampton, interferes and manipulates their lives to his benefit. Conflict abounds in this love story with an exciting conclusion for these three main characters that invigorate the human heart. The Lucky One is a meaningful novel for the romantic in all of us which would make an inspiring movie.
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Helpful Score: 1
The book was a real page turner. This is one of Nicholas Sparks' best along with "The Notebook" and "Dear John". Great ending. After reading the end the epiloge was a real surprise.
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked the book, it moved a little slow and the characters did not quite live up to hype about the author. All in all a good read but not up there as one of my favorites of all time.
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Another good Nicholas Sparks. A very fast read, finished it in about 2 days.
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Must read for all Nicholas Sparks fans and anyone who is dating someone in the service! You will love it!
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This book does not disappoint! I hope the movie is half as good!
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The first chapter seemed to be promising, but a few chapters later I found that I was bored. Yet another disappointing Nicholas Sparks book. The Lucky One should have been named The Yucky One. I know many people love his books, but he has only written a couple books that have made me say "Wow!"

This one, however, just put me to sleep.
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Starts off very slow and couldn't keep my attention, never even finished the book.
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The author totally lost me when referring to the main character being in burke county 2-days prior(184 miles away). Shortly after that he stated he averaged 20 miles per day walking. I was under the impression that this author was a NC author and seemed to be all the rage for good NC non-fiction based on factual geographical details ... I must be missing something.
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This is the second book I have read by Nicholas Sparks, and I have loved them both. I don't normally read books like this so I don't ever know if I will enjoy them when I do, but this book did not disappoint. We decided to read this as a group read because of the movie coming out. I can say that I may not have read it otherwise, but I am really glad that I did.

The main character is Logan Thibault. He is a former Marine who served more than his fair share in the war. He finds a picture in the sand one morning and posts it on a board thinking that someone will claim it, but no one does. He decides to take it back and carries it with him everywhere. His friend Victor tells him that it is his good luck charm, but he doesn't believe in that type of stuff. He begins to wonder though when he lives through ordeals that others don't. His fellow soldiers start looking at him like he made a deal with the devil. Once out and back home in Colorado he struggles to get past it all. Victor tells him that he must find the woman in the picture, that he owes her. One day he just starts walking and ends up in North Carolina. There he finds her and their lives both change.

This book is not overly exciting or suspenseful, but it is good. It is a nice love story. The whole story is interesting. I will say that there are parts that are very sad and there are parts that will have you on the edge of your seat. I really enjoyed this book and I actually want to watch the movie now.
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great book
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One of my favorites from the amazing Nicholas Sparks!!!
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It was a really good book.
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One of my favorite by Nicholas Sparks!
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Good story, it kept my attention and I finished it pretty quickly! The ending realllyyy had me pulled in, I didn't want to put it down!! I've only had a few of Sparks' books, and I'm really glad I got this one!
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This is my first Nicholas Sparks book and looked forward to an inspiring love story after his notorious reputation. However, this story was slow, predictable, and rather dry. His remarkable craft for writing however did draw me into the book. I will not give up hope though.... I hear his true authorship is dearly found in his earlier works.
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I really enjoyed this book. The story line was very in depth.
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Nicholas Sparks lives up to his high standard of intriguing material in this book.
When asked to list my favorite authors...he is in the top 5. Highly recommend any of his writings.
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This is another one of those excellent stories like "The Notebook". Loved this love story!!!
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I don't usually read a lot of Nicholas Sparks books or other books like them, but I saw the preview for the movie and decided to read this one. I really enjoyed it. It is a wonderful romance story with well developed characters. One of the few books that actually had me in tears as I read it.
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I read this in 2 was a really good heart-felt read. I think this may be one of my favorites by him!
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Another great book by Nicholas Sparks!
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another great Sparks novel.......really enjoyed this one!
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You can't go wrong with Nicholas. Loved this book - great story
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I really liked this story up until the very end. I haven't read any other Nicholas Sparks books, so I don't know if this is his usual approach, but he uses what I consider a cheap author trick at the ending. The book *ends* with you thinking a main character has died. It's only by the 3rd page of the 4 page long epilogue that you realize in a very oblique way that the character actually survived. If an author wants to pull emotionally manipulative crap like that, they should do it earlier in the story. You just do NOT have the last sentence of the story end on a lie. The epilogue can be used to tie things together, sure, but it shouldn't be used to introduce completely new information. The *only* reason for an author to use this method is emotional manipulation beyond the story itself - in other words, the story isn't strong enough on its own, so let's add in a lie to make it stronger. Cheap. Author. Trick.
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I guess I don't know what you want me to do