Two by Two written by: Nicholas sparks

The genre of this novel is Romance. Nicholas Sparks was born on December 31st, 1965 in Omaha, Nebraska. He spent the early part of his childhood moving around with his family as his father finished up his graduate work in California, where the Sparks clan found a permanent home; Nicholas, went on to graduate from high school there in 1984, becoming the class Valedictorian. "Because my father was a student until I was 9 years old and my mother didn't work, we weren't exactly living the high life when I was little," he writes. College brought him to Indiana and the University of Notre Dame, there after he wrote these novels: The Notebook, Message in a Bottle and many more.

Russell Green is a hard working independent father and husband until things get complicated. He tries to always be there for his daughter and work at the same time. He is a very busy character in the novel. He is very worn down, and seems very tired at times in the novel. Vivian, is an always on the go mother/wife who doesn't care what she says or does and only thinks of herself. In the novel, we see her go down hill as she starts working and isn't home a lot. She also likes to run her "errands" which is shopping in her case and spend a lot of Russ' hard earned money on herself. Finally, London is the brown headed spunky little daughter of Russ and Vivian. She is a respectful, very knowledgeable girl who loves her mommy and daddy. She paints, dances and plays tennis. She is a busy bee. Marge, Russ' sister is also a big character in the novel. She helps her brother overcome anything thrown his way. She develops lung cancer and wants to spend as much time with her family as possible. She becomes very skinny and ill towards the end of her fight, showing her bones and her sunken in eyes.

This novel takes place in 2015 and goes into 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Plot summary: At 32 years old, Russell Green, thinks he has it all: a great job, an amazing wife, and a beautiful daughter. Him and his wife couldn't be happier, or so he thinks. Until one day, under the shiny surface of their "amazing" life, Russ sees his family taking a turn, for the worst.

I would recommend this book to those who love a good Romance novel with a twisted ending because it goes into full detail of everything that happens and also views it from a 32 year-olds mind, and a 6 year-olds mind. If I had to describe this book in three words I would say: Best Book Ever.

"Friendship isn't about how long you know someone. It's about who walks into your life, says ' I'm here for you,' and then proves it." In the novel, this quote fits into it because Russ finds himself in a deep dark situation and when he turns to his ex girlfriend Emily, a lifelong friend, she is always there to help him no matter what is thrown at him. Another quote that is stated in the book is "Happiness isn't something someone can deliver. It comes from within." Russ has been searching for happiness in a person or thing instead of himself. Emily, helps Russ understand that it doesn't come from another person or thing, but comes from within yourself.

Grappling- to struggle with, or work hard to deal with change/a difficulty. Perused- read something in a careful way. Levity- the treatment of a serious matter with humor. Navigate- reroute himself back to his normal life. Arachnid- an 8 legged spider/insect.

Primary conflict- Russ realizes that his wife, Vivian isn't staying at home much at all anymore since she started working. Soon Vivian breaks the news Russ never wanted to hear: "I don't know how or why it happened but I've fallen in love with my boss, Walter Spannerman, and I will be moving to Atlanta with him." Leaving not only Russ stunned but their six-year old daughter stunned as well, she packs her things and leaves. Resolved Conflict- Russell and his daughter London, learn to just live life happily even without their wife and mother. Because soon big things are going to happen.

The theme of this novel is that even though life doesn't always go as planned, it's how you take each step forward and keep trying no matter what.

Madison Parmley


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