The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks review
I’m still catching up my to-read list that I’ve had for quite some time…and it amazed me that I bought this book last year when it first came out, and I never read it! What was I thinking…letting a Nicholas Sparks book just sit there, unread? :)
You may have recently heard that this book is being made into a movie, and it’ll probably be released next year. I’ve heard of the actors playing the roles, I just never pictured them while reading the book.
This to me, was a different type of Sparks book. It almost reminded me a little of Jodi Picoult. While it did have all the makings of a romantic Sparks book, something was just a little different about it. I, for once, didn’t figure out the direction it was heading until about 85% through. It almost bugged me the whole time that I just couldn’t piece together the characters and their connections, but I think that’s a good thing so it’s not so predictable…and I’ve read practically every Sparks book released…
It starts out by introducing us to Ira Levinson, who is in trouble at ninety-one years old. He’s in poor health, and alone as he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. He’s suffered from multiple injuries ans struggles to retain consciousness. However, he’s comforted by his beloved wife Ruth who passed away 9 years ago. The ghost of Ruth urges Ira to hang on as they travel back in time reliving their life all over again: the good…and the bad.
Then we have Sophia and Luke. Luke is your typical cowboy bull rider who’s had quite the life at such a young age. While Sophia is your hard working college sorority girl (but not exactly your average sorority girl). They meet at a local rodeo one night as Sophia is trying to recover from a recent break-up. As they come to know each other over the next four months, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward, even life and death.
As we all know, we can’t see into the future, but Luke and Sophia struggle to find out what is exactly in store for them personally and romantically.
This is the story of love, secrets, surprises, and happiness. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.