Wednesday 21 February 2018

Two By Two - Nicholas Sparks || Review

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with an emotionally powerful story of unconditional love, its challenges, its risks and most of all, its rewards. 

 At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.


Its been such a long time since i read any Nicholas Sparks but before the break i had read every single book he had written, i spent my college breaks in the library looking for another one i hadn't read. However, i was nervous - have my tastes changed? Would what worked for me as a 18 year old still appeal to me years later? Turns out, i am still a fan. 

Russell Green appears to have it all, a glam wife, a lovely sweet daughter and a career that most people would dream of. His wife is a stay at home mother and he gets to come home to her every night. However - as if often the case, it isnt all it seems, cracks start to appear in both his personal life and work life. When he fears for this job, he decides to branch out on his own. What he doesnt factor in is how this will affect his family.

When he finds himself without a real income and no wife as well as looking after his daughter - his whole aspect on his life changes. Two by two is a real rollercoaster of emotion. I was caught up in the narrative in a sweet kind of way, i kind of guessed it was a very normal story - what i forgot about sparks is the kicks to the feels. The way despite feeling like not that much had happened, that i was so invested in all the characters that i ended up snot crying hysterically through the end of the narrative.

Two by two is a sweet read about love, family and relationships. Its a story of life and packs a punch in the emotional feels. The characters are relateable and like i mentioned i didnt realise just how much i had invested in them all, especially Russell.

I have missed reading something like this and it was up there with the best of the year so far, however i am only rating it 4 because the narrative was a bit blander than i have been reading. 

Author Info

Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.
Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010), The Best of Me (2011), and The Longest Ride (2013) as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. His eighteenth novel, See Me, published on October 12, 2015. His newest book, Two by Two, will be published on October 4, 2016.
Film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels, including The ChoiceThe Longest RideThe Best of MeSafe Haven (on all of which he served as a producer), The Lucky OneMessage in a BottleA Walk to Remember, The NotebookNights in RodantheDear John and The Last Song, have had a cumulative worldwide gross of over three-quarters of a billion dollars.
In 2012, Sparks and his publishing agent and creative partner Theresa Park, launched Nicholas Sparks Productions, with Park as President of Production.  A film version of The Guardian is currently in development, as is a film based on Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers’s friendship with Chicago Bears teammate Brian Piccolo.
Sparks lives in North Carolina. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. He co-founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina in 2006. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame) he also spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school. In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4 x400 meter, in New York. The record still stands. Click to watch the Runner’s World video with Nicholas.
The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving cultural and international understanding through global education experiences for students of all ages was launched in 2011. Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of the Sparks family, more than $15 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects. Because the Sparks family covers all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.

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