Adam Dunlap Reviews “The Choice” by Nicholas Sparks

May 26, 2015 by Adam Dunlap

Since the audience for SupermodelGirlfriend.com has recently become predominantly female (thanks in large part to my Underboob vs. Overboob advice article), I decided I’d review a romance novel. After all, most women love romance novels, so this article is bound to get at least 2 million reads.

I knew for my first romance novel review (I’m planning to do 3) I had to choose a solid book. So after talking to a few babe-friends who adore all romantic reads ranging from the pure-and-innocent to the extremely smutty, I went to Barnes and Noble with a direction and a focus. After reading the backs of approximately 400 books written specifically for women many of whom do not have men in their lives romantic enough to satisfy their emotional needs, I chose one called, “The Choice.” It is written by the world famous author Nicholas Sparks (the same author who wrote “A Walk To Remember” and “The Notebook”). Here is an abridged description from the back of the book:

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in a small-town. In full pursuit of the good life… he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.

Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the attractive red-head seems to have a grudge against him. Still, Travis cannot stop trying to integrate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen.

The first thing that popped into my head upon reading this book description was, “Hmm, that sounds a lot like my life.” And since I can never get enough of hearing about myself, I immediately knew this book was the one, and I purchased it with enthusiasm.

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As I journeyed into the pages of this romantic read, I found out more about the two main characters. Just like the back summary alluded to, Travis Parker is an amazing man. He owns his own business, has lots of money, has great friends, he loves kids, he keeps his house spotless, he drives a nice car, he is charming, respectful, a great listener, he loves adventure, and he is athletic and very, very physically attractive. What I realized in short notice is the author was pretty much describing me. So from now on we are going to refer to the main character of the book as Adam Dunlap since I’m pretty sure that’s what Sparks was going for, he just didn’t want to pay me royalties.

Gabby Holland, as we find out, is a bit more complicated than Adam. She is in a relationship with a guy she has been dating for four years, and she recently moved states to North Carolina to be closer to him (that’s how she becomes neighbors with Adam). The guy Gabby is dating, is a great guy with a great career, and he is very affectionate and attentive to her needs. I mean, he’s clearly not as amazing as Adam, but he doesn’t have any real flaws. Really. His only semi-flaw is a lack of willingness to commit – he hasn’t proposed yet, and Gabby really, really wants a giant rock on her left ring finger. I can’t say Gabby’s character exactly relates to any females I know [wink wink], so for the sake of making her character more relateable we are going to refer to her from now on as Nina Agdal.

As the story progresses, these two neighbors, Adam and Nina, start crossing paths in a myriad of unexpected and romantically enchanting ways. And low and behold, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that after only a few encounters, Nina begins to fall for Adam like a meteor the size of Texas. That’s pretty much 2/3rds of the book. To find out the details and what exactly happens next and how, you’ll have to read it. That said, I’m going to spoil at least part of the story so that I can use that as the crux of my book review and the crux of my conclusion about romance novels:

SEMI-SPOILER: after one weekend together, Nina breaks up with her 4-year boyfriend to be with Adam. That’s choice #1. The actual choice, as in “The Choice” comes later in the book.

The choice by Nina Agdal to break up with her 4-year boyfriend in order to be with Adam Dunlap is a sudden and unexpected decision, and it has brought me to a very definitive conclusion about romance novels and women. My conclusion is that women don’t read romance novels for the romance; they don’t read romance novels for the love stories; and they don’t read romance novels because they present perfect prince charming guys that are nice to fantasize about because they don’t really exist (by evidence of my existence, for example, these men do exist). Rather, women actually read romance novels so they can live vicariously through the female characters who do things that they personally would never, ever, ever, ever, ever do in real life. After all, what woman would up-and-leave her 4-year boyfriend (who’s a great guy) to be with Adam Dunlap after only spending a weekend with him? Hmm, I know what you’re thinking: “Well of course all of them.” Thank you for that vote of confidence, but the reality is it has never happened, and it most likely never will. Think about it. Really. It won’t happen. Even though it should, it won’t. But they should at least consider it. And they will. But it won’t happen. But I hope for them it does. But it probably won’t.

“The Choice” by Nicholas Sparks is a smooth and enjoyable read. It is filled with subtle and innocent romance, great dialogue, and even when the story gets hot and heavy the book never betrays its PG marketing. The book doesn’t have anything deep in it, and yet it’s comforting in that way because its shallowness makes it easy to enjoy, the way a lot of relationships are – it doesn’t rock the boat, and you still get turned on. It’s a really nice feeling. As such, I highly recommend “The Choice” if you’re looking for the casual and entertaining romantic read. And if you happen to be looking for something more, then the book is actually a MUST read. The key when you read it is to look beyond the contrived romanticism in order to see the author’s clear, clear message: realize your boyfriend’s lack of willingness to commit makes him a dead end, and leave him for Adam Dunlap who is clearly better anyway… especially if your name is Nina Agdal.

This has been Adam Dunlap’s romance novel review #1 of 3. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you go pick up the book! (Click here to buy it) Next on my to-read list is something really, really smutty. I plan to follow that up with something in the middle that’s written by a female just to have some more perspective to this female book-reading craze which clearly isn’t leaving any time soon. Stay tuned for those reviews, and thank you as always for being an avid reader of SupermodelGirlfriend.com!

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I searched the entire internet and couldn’t find any supermodels with red hair. So I just included a photo of Nina since she is the one we were all imagining when we read the book anyway.

May 26, 2015 in Adam Dunlap, Nina Agdal, Supermodels by Adam Dunlap