When it comes to modern writing, I'm usually very cautious and picky about the books I choose; however, I really enjoyed 'A Walk to Remember' and 'The Wedding' by Nicholas Sparks. Those were wonderful stories, celebrating sweet, pure, faithful, patient, generous love. After reading those two books, I had great expectations when I picked up 'Message in a Bottle'.
Boy was I up for a disappointment.
To sum it up: we have a 36-years-old divorced woman, living an overwhelmingly busy life between her career and taking care of her 12-year-old son. In the course of a romantic adventure, she meets her charming hero, and despite unresolved emotional conflicts, they become intimate very quickly (why was I surprised that they had sex on their second date? Maybe I'm just too old-fashioned to expect things like that?).
Anyway, a certain bond is formed between them, and since they live far apart, the only logical solution is for one of them to move. Both of them agonize over it; the woman isn't ready to give up her career, and from that moment on, their relationship consists mostly of self-centered monologues, struggles for leadership, and sex scenes. All the while, this woman's poor son (who is constantly shipped from her ex-husband to soccer camp to some other activity), who obviously longs for a real family, is robbed of stability and doesn't know what to think.
Frankly, I closed the book with a feeling of puzzlement, not sure what the author's point was. If he wanted to show an example of tragic immaturity and obviously bad choices, he was successful. Or maybe he wanted to illustrate how complicated and painful life can become when adults aren't ready to sacrifice and be responsible (and simply grow up). It was also a pretty good example of how, if we give in to our lusts, it might make a woman bond with the least suitable person and be miserable. And it sure made me stop and think, 'I'm so happy my life looks nothing like this!'
If any of you are familiar with this book, what do you think?