Longest Ride Reflection

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I am a student in Dr. Boyle’s Psychology 100 class on Tuesday nights from 6-8:45 PM. For this book report I read The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks published by Grand Central Publisher in New York City, New York in 2013. I decided to read this book because The Longest Ride is my favorite movie, but I never read the book, so I thought this would be a good chance to compare them. I also decided to read this book because I thought it could easily be compared to the different love styles in psychology. This book has examples of three different love styles; Eros, agape, and mania. Nicholas Sparks is best known for his romance novels, twelve of them have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Throughout his career, he has over 100 million copies …show more content…
I think Nicholas Sparks did an amazing job while writing this book. The detail he put into every situation was amazing, I felt like I was actually in the book with the characters. I loved all the suspense like when we found out Luke was risking his life to ride bulls. But most of all, I like how the story always jumped around. On one page it could be from Luke’s point of view in 2013 and the next could be Ira’s point of view from the war, it always had me paying attention to who was doing what. I personally do not believe that there were many weak points in this book. I think the only thing that could have been better would be the ending. I wish Nicholas Sparks told us about what Sophia would do in North Carolina and where Luke and Sophia would end up moving to. However, the ending was also one of the best parts. Luke knew he had Ira’s approval to have all of the paintings just from a shooting star that he saw; that is a true guardian angel (Sparks, …show more content…
Luke wanted to save the ranch so he did, Ira wanted to make Ruth happy her entire life so he did, and Sophia wanted to pursue her love of art and so she did. Sense there are two completely different relationships in this book, there are obviously different styles of love. The first couple I will explain are the Levinson’s. Their love style started out as Eros, which means they had a very deep and passionate love. They were all wrapped up in getting married and starting a family, they didn’t think of possible consequences that could occur when Ira left for war. But once he returned their love style turned into agape, which means their love turned into a gentle and caring type of love, very unselfish. Luke and Sophia’s love story also started out as Eros. However, they did not move into agape, instead they went to mania, which means they were trying to control each other. This started when Sophia found out Luke’s condition and how he could die any day. Once he stopped riding they went back to Eros, their passion came back and they didn’t want to be apart again. I think when explaining these love styles it helps the reader really understand where Sparks was trying to go with the story and how events caused couples to change their specific style over time. I would definitely recommend this book to others, I would simply tell

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