The Notebook: Book vs Movie

Katelyn Manfre and Lauren Cunningham

The Book

While the onscreen rendition of The Notebook has a few differences from the book, similar reviews were shared of the novel with a mix of positive and negative critiques. Publications like the Denver Rocky Mountain News state that “the lyrical beauty of this touching love story...will captivate the heart of every reader” proving Nicholas Sparks to have a favorable rating. However, some critics from goodreads believed the book to be “unimaginative, spiritless and full of clichés”. While a romantic novel from the works of Nicholas Sparks is not for everyone and would not compare to many of the classic american literature we all know today, The Notebook proves to be a thoughtful novel with a touching love story that all readers are sure to love in some aspect or another.


  • seventeen
  • he writes the book he reads to Allie


  • fifteen


  • they meet in 1932
  • Noah lives in New Bern


  • Noah and Allie spend the whole carnival together
  • When Allie leaves town, they don't have a fight
  • Allie meets Lon at a Christmas party
  • Noah writes to Allie every month for a year
  • When Allie's mom finds Allie with Noah, she talks to both of them
  • Noah and Allie are separated for fourteen years
  • Only Allie dies
  • Focuses more on their older years rather than the summer they met

The Movie

Critic, Nick Rogers claimed that in the movie edition of The Notebook, "Ryan Gosling and Rachel Mcadams spark cinematically everlasting magic." The film itself had a mix of reviews with positive statements stating that it has a "unique balance of fire and calm" while others felt the movie was "inept and crass." However, we as viewers felt the movie did justice to the books beloved love story set in a romantic era. The Notebook is a classic love story about the concepts of "opposite attract". Eugene Bernable says it best when she states that, "The visualization from Nick Cassavetes places this film atop one of the most memorable, cult-like, romance films of all time."


  • age not mentioned


  • seventeen
Because she is seventeen in the movie, it adds the contrast between her and Noah. Allie is at a time where she is thinking about going to college and fulfilling her ambitions. This age allows the movie to incorporate another reason for Allie having to leave town, which is for college.

  • she writes the notebook
In the movie, the focus is more on Noah and Allie's summer together and their life when they were young. Although it does not focus on her Alzheimer's, it still plays an important role because on the inside of the notebook it says, "Read this to me and I'll come back to you". This explains why Noah spends so much time reading this to Allie.


  • the year is 1940
  • Noah lives in Seabrook
The movie taking place in 1940 is important because it plays into Allie's relationships with both Lon and Noah. In the movie, Allie meets Lon because she is a nurse for soldiers who cam back from the war. When Noah comes back from the war, it is then that he decides to buy and rebuild the house to win Allie back.


  • Noah bothers Allie at the carnival until she agrees to go out with him
  • They have a fight and break up before Allie leaves town
  • Allie meets Lon when she is a nurse and he is injured after the war
  • Noah writes Allie every day for a year
  • Allie's mom comes and takes Allie for a drive to prove to her that they aren't that mu different
  • Allie and Noah are separated for seven years
  • They have the famous kiss in the rain
  • Both Allie and Noah die


From the 1996 New York Times bestselling novel and the 2004 box office hit, The Notebook is a widely popular book to movie classic. Through our research we concluded that there were more favorable reviews to the movie than the novel, a writer from the Daily Mayo believes that the book “has a feeling of a nice romance that blossomed slowly over time” while “the movie has a feel that is more like a tragic, dysfunctional romance” that intensified the love between the two characters. Despite what reviews might be said about the novel or the book, The Notebook is one of the most iconic romantic films in modern history that will continue to bring in a wide audience looking for a tragic but sweet love story.


In both the book and the movie, Allie comes to a point where she must decide what she wants in her life. Her family wants her to marry Lon, who is very wealthy and good to her. However, Allie spends a weekend with Noah and realizes that her love for him is still strong. This decision between what appears to be the "right" decision and what she knows she really wants is one of the major conflicts in the story. The other conflict in the story is the fact that Allie has developed severe Alzheimer's in her later years. She does not remember the story of she and Noah's life or any of her children. Noah spends every day reading to her in the hopes that she will remember. Although the book and the movie have some differences in they way they tell this story, the both ultimately achieve the same goal of showing how strong the power of true love can be.


Throughout both the book and the movie, Nicholas Sparks creates a lifelong love story between Noah and Allie to portray the idea that despite the trials of life and old age, true love will never wave and can create miracles. It can be seen in both works that event though life lead them on separate paths at some point, Noah and Allie always found their way back to each other because their love was so strong. Not only did their love bring them back together but it also in a way "saved" them. As Allie grew old, her memory started to fade because of Alzheimer's. Because Noah loved her so much he spent everyday reading to her to bring her memory back. Allie began to remember her love for Noah and it eventually brought them back together.