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Title: The Longest Ride
AuthorNicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 17th 2013
Pages: 398
Genre(s): Romance
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❝ After being trapped in an isolated car crash, the life of elderly widower Ira Levinson becomes entwined with that of young college student. Ira Levinson, ninety-one years old and already in poor health, is just holding on; remaining alert only because his wife Ruth, who has died, appears as an image to help him remember their life together: how they met, the paintings they collected and the dark days of WW2.Just a few miles away, Sophia, a Wake Forest college student’s life is about to change forever as she meets an unexpected love, Luke. Luke is a cowboy and risk-taking bull-rider, unlike anyone she has ever known. Together they experience the joys of love as well as the difficulties that come with Luke’s dangerous career.❞

The Longest Ride turned out to be a very dull read. I felt no connection whatsoever with the characters and if it wasn’t for the ending, I might have even given it one star.

As with all Nicholas Sparks books, the romance in this book was cute and fluffy. I liked to read about how both couples met and how they spend their time together. Especially Ira and Ruth’s story was heartwarming. However, the relationships can only keep me entertained for so long. I need more from a story, such as good characterization or a lot of tension, and I found none of it.

Despite the fact that I liked them as couples, I could not connect to any of the characters individually. Frankly, I would not have cared if any of the characters dropped dead. Luke was too perfect, what with him being handsome, handy and always putting others first. Sophia was a whiny brat. The lot of them were dreadfully uninteresting and boring, to sum it up. 

Not only that, the plot was boring too. Barely anything happened throughout the book, and the pacing was way too slow. I had a hard time trying to connect the two love stories, so I would’ve liked it if that connection was made sooner, not just at the ending of the book. Moreover, the conversations between Ira and Ruth, which take up quite a big portion of the book, were really awkward. I just could not see that kind of thing happening (obviously) and Sparks would have done their story more justice if he had told it some other way. 

The one big redemption for me was the ending. It was unrealistic and predictable in the sense that I had already guessed what was going to happen, but at least it tied up all loose ends. Furthermore, it was also really touching!

All in all, I did not like The Longest Ride and had a hard time finishing it. I am really curious about the movie adaption though and hope that I will enjoy it more than the book!

The Longest Ride

€5,28
4.9

Characterization

2.0/10

Plot

2.5/10

Writing Style

6.5/10

Pace

6.5/10

Setting

7.0/10

Pros

  • Cute love stories
  • Ending ties up loose ends
  • Cute romance

Cons

  • Unable to connect with characters
  • Little to no plot
  • Connection between two stories was only evident towards end
  • Dull car conversations