Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Teaser Tuesday # 162 ~ The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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The Longest Ride
Nicholas Sparks

First - The Blurb:

In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with an epic story of two couples whose parallel love stories intersect in profound and surprising ways.

Ninety-one year old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, an image of his long-dead wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together.

Recovering from a break-up, college student Sophia Danko meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke has a secret which threatens to break it all apart.

Second - The Tease:

She wanted to say something, anything, but she felt as if she were drowning in those blue eyes, her words seeming to dry up. Instead, she watched as he leaned toward her, hesitating for an instant. His head tilted slightly, and the next thing she knew, she was tilting her head, too, their faces growing closer.
It wasn't long, it wasn't heated, but as soon as their lips came together, she knew with sudden certainty that nothing had ever felt so easy and so right, the prefect ending to an unimaginably perfect afternoon.

Usually, I read the book before I watch the movie, but in this instance, I did it the other way around. Like with most books converted into films, there is way more detail. Able to get inside the heads of the characters gives a much better understanding of the story and the emotions they are going through. And there are most definitely a lot of emotions.

Although the film was a close representation of the book, the way the story was presented was a little different. In the film, Luke and Sophia rescue Ira almost at the start and then the two stories unfold from there remaining largely intertwined. In the book, the lives of the two couples are separate for the large part, and it is only towards the end when they meet. 

Neither way is better than the other, and overall, I enjoyed reading the book as much as I loved watching the film. In fact, now that I've read the book, I want to see the film again.

My rating: 5 out of 5

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Okay, so what do you think?
If you liked my Tease, please leave a comment below.


  1. What a great tease! So vivid and powerful! There is a film? Hmm, I think I'm gonna watch that one! Thanks for sharing!

    Here's my TT:

    Athina @ Between my Lines

  2. Hm...I'm still hesitant about reading this book or watching the movie since I am not into romantic movies. lol Maybe I'll watch it anyway. Great teaser.

  3. I want to know this one so bad! I'm not sure if I would rather read it, or watch the movie, since it has Scott Eastwood in it!

  4. Interesting that the book and the movie are kind of opposite, but it still sounds good. Love the tease, that's a slow, sweet kiss!

  5. I enjoyed the movie. Probably won't get to the book though. Maybe I should as you mention there are differences. Got me curious now.

    My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/10/20/teaser-tuesdays-133-flask-of-the-drunken-master/

  6. I've not read the book but I *did* want to see this movie! ;) Now you have me wanting to read it first though...which is my MO. But I would have let that go in this instance. But maybe not...

  7. I have not read a single Nicholas Spark book- but I enjoy the movies. Everyone says the book makes you cry- I don't need to cry.