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The Longest Ride Book Cover The Longest Ride
Nicholas Sparks
Grand Central Publishing
September 17, 2013

Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together - how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can't possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage. A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior's life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward -- even life and death - loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans -- a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he's keeping doesn't destroy it first. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

My Impressions:


Although the two story timelines are different, I found it pretty easy to follow between them. The anticipation of wanting to know how these two stories would intertwine made me excited to continue reading. Ira’s story technically takes place over a short time, but his reminiscing takes place over a longer time period of close to 70 years. Sophia and Luke’s story pretty much takes place over a year’s time from start to finish.


I really liked Ira’s character and how he treasured all the time he had spent with his wife, Ruth. This story was heart-breaking at times. I loved how he and his wife supported each other during their lives before and when they were together. Although it’s hard to tell if this is how Ruth really was or if it’s just his “impression” of her since Ruth had already passed away at the time.

I actually didn’t care too much for Sophia and Luke, I felt that they were just a part of the book to fulfill Ira’s destiny in someway, and I kept waiting for that moment. The story did have some type of insta-love although it did not happen for both characters.


I enjoyed the story telling a lot. I think the simplicity of the story was what was really the best thing about it. Neither of these couples really had an extraordinary life. They’re just normal people like the rest of us, trying to make their way through their lives. And even so, it managed to get me thinking about the bigger things in life. Reading the story made me appreciate certain things in my life but also made me realise that I need to do more now that I am young, rather than waiting for the “right” time.

About the Author:

Nicholas Sparks is the author of many stories turned movies including the much loved “The Notebook”. Other notable stories include Dear John, A Walk to Remember, The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, and The Best of Me.

The Verdict:

4 Stars
Rating Report
Overall: 4

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