Saw the movie and read the book. Movie was good, I just feel the story line was lost from the book to the big screen.
The Lucky One is a story that contains romance, tragedy and suspense, but in the end will capture the heart of every reader. A tale that will leave its readers breathless and test one's beliefs on the power of fate, or destiny and how they are linked to the decisions made in life.
While serving in Iraq Logan Thibault, a U.S. marine unearths a picture of a young woman almost completely buried in the dirt. After finding the photograph he suddenly encounters a streak of good fortune, winning poker games and surviving lethal warfare. The only justification to his newly found luck; is his friend, Victor's explanation that the picture is Thibault's lucky charm. When he returns home to Colorado, after his tour of duty in Iraq was completed, he cannot seem to succeed in forgetting the woman in the picture, thus decides to go on a journey across the nation to locate her. However, Thibault's travels are soon put on hold, when his search leads him to Elizabeth, a divorced mother in North Carolina and they soon undergo a passionate love affair. Thibault decides to keep his tale of the picture and his luck a secret from Elizabeth. But it is this secret that will soon jeopardize their love, and their lives.
Nicholas Sparks' The Lucky One is a tale that tackles the theme of the power of fate and destiny. Throughout the novel each of the character's fate is foreshadowed and later seen through. For example, Thibault's destiny is laid in front of him when he first obtains the picture, for it is this lucky charm that allows him survive Iraq, thus later allowing him to embark on a journey to find the woman in the picture. However, in the end it is not only in his destiny to fall in love and spend the rest of his life with the photographed woman, but to save and almost protect her and her son, from her over powering ex-husband. One of the many aspects that I personally enjoyed about the novel was how Nicholas Sparks created standard characters such as beautiful divorced mother,her son, the hero who comes home from war and the over protective ex-husband, places them in remarkable and unpredictable situations and produced unanticipated outcomes.
Therefore by using ordinary people in this novel, it became relatable thus allowing the tale to touch the hearts of many.With saying all of this, I feel, the ending did prove to be the weakest point of the book. It appears as if the ending was written from more of a Hollywood screenwriter's point of view, rather than written by a novelist. The ending is as if it was cut short due to time constraints, or a deadline. However, The Lucky One is a novel that shines from the inside out, therefore one should read it because it celebrates the unpredictable and rough paths life often leads and the strength of fate to direct one to their purpose.