Parents' Guide to

The Choice

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cloying, formulaic romance milks the tears.

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Based on 1 parent review

age 14+
While written for adults, Sparks keeps his novels relatively clean and can be read by a younger (high school age) audience. Parents should know this is a romance and the protagonists do enter a sexual as well as romantic relationship-with the descriptions being kept very minimal PG-13esque.

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Cloying and formulaic, The Choice is another Nicholas Sparks story of love with a twist of sadness. The book is not unpleasant, if you like escapist romance with barely flawed people living idyllic lives in idyllic places. It's a light and fast read for those looking for a quick diversion. And though romance novels thrive on an element of fantasy, The Choice pushes the limits of believability too far at times, especially at the end. About two-thirds of the book is dedicated to Gabby and Travis' burgeoning romance, with lots of dialogue. That in itself isn't a problem, but these characters aren't interesting at all.

The main issues they face are Gabby's decision over whether to date Travis and Travis' decision about Gabby later in the relationship. His decision certainly will be seen by many readers as illegal and immoral, but in this story it's depicted as OK because it's in the name of true love. Sparks drops a few clues and some deliberate misdirection about what Travis is facing, but it comes across as forced rather than suspenseful.

Book Details

  • Author: Nicholas Sparks
  • Genre: Romance
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: September 24, 2007
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: December 29, 2015

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