Tuesday, November 27, 2012

At First Sight

At First Sight

by Nicholas Sparks 

Paperback, 288 pages
Published on: September 5th 2006 (first published January 1st 2004)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing 
ISBN: 0446698466 

At First Sight
 Blurb:  From the world's most beloved chronicler of the heart comes this astonishing story of everlasting love. Here, endings bring new beginnings and tragedies lead to unexpected joy, as the tale begun in True Believer continues...AT FIRST SIGHT There are a few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he'd never do: He'd never leave New York City; never give his heart away after barely surviving one failed marriage; and never become a parent. Now Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, engaged to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the start of their family.
But just as everything seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, a mysterious e-mail sets off a chain of events that will test the strength of their commitment. Capturing all the heartbreak, tension, and romance of the newlyweds, AT FIRST SIGHT explores the love between a man and a woman and between a parent and a child-and reveals an extraordinary truth: that the emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it...

Being a great Nicholas Sparks fan, I picked this one after reading his wonderful books like A Bend in the Road and The Notebook. But At First Sight proved to be an entirely different book from these. This one deals with the struggles of relationships, small town life, fears of the future, love, and getting to know your partner.
Does love at first sight really exist? The story of Jeremy Marsh and Lexie Darnell proves that this is startlingly possible. Sparks was able to beautifully portray the heart wrenching tale of Jeremy and Lexie’s love and lives with each other.
The plot was realistic enough. I liked the way it showed the way people believed in things that are beyond logic. The blocks of Jeremy as a writer are wonderfully dealt with. It shows how you need to adjust with a partner after falling in love with him. Falling in love is just the beginning, living it is the hard job. The way Jermey and Lexie smoothen out their rough edges with care, affection and love is laudable.
I don’t like romance much but I fall in love with the characters in Sparks’s books usually. It is not surprising that people make Facebook pages like ‘I wish Nicholas Sparks created a boyfriend for me too’ or ‘I am hurt because Nicholas Sparks made me expect so much from my boyfriend’. Sparks has the power to keep the reader engaged till the last word of the book. And he does it through his brilliant characterization. But in the case of At First Sight, I was disappointed.
The characters were not that great. At times, they did dumb things. Jeremy was a total bore. He was not at all like Noah or Miles Ryan or Landon Carter or Paul. He was shown as just another failed love struck writer who flies over to Boone Creek for stupid reasons too big for him, worries a lot and over thinks everything. Lexie isn't Sparks' best character either. She acted like a child and I loathed her. She was selfish, mean and a liar.
The book also had too many secondary characters. This is not always a bad thing, but this one had too many with insignificant roles, and this made them hard to keep in mind. The book was supposed to be a romance novel but I could see nothing of it in the entire book until some pages towards the end. Throughout the rest of the text, it read like a tale of Jeremy’s frustration and Lexie’s absurdity.
There was an awful lot of mundane, routine, everyday stuff that goes on all the time and wasn't all that interesting. I turned on to the next pages pinning my faith into Nicholas Sparks that he’d give me the real story after that page.
The last quarter of this story is the best part of the book, as it portrays raw emotions and feelings with Jeremy's and Lexie's struggles as they face a life changing event. I would have given this book a C if it had not been this ending.
If you like sad and heart breaking endings, read it. If you are looking for hardcore romance, try his other books instead.

Review originally published on:  http://vaultofbooks.com/b/review-at-first-sight
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