See Me: Book Review by Dinh
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See Me: Review
Colin Hancock is a boy with a troubled background and anger issues. He is now trying to get away from his troubled past and is focusing on getting a new life and becoming a school teacher.
Maria Sanchez is a Mexican descendant and is a lawyer. She is smart, educated and beautiful. She also suffered some traumas that drove her to leave her previous job and move to her home town.
One night driving home in the storm from an MMA fight, Colin sees a girl with car trouble and pulls over to help her. Maria has a flat tire and has no idea how to fix it. She has no phone to call for help and when she sees Colin she is scared of him because he looks battered up from his fight.
Colin is a gentleman and helps Maria change her tire and goes on his way.
This was not the end of the serendipitous meeting.
Serena, Maria’s sister, happens to have classes with Colin at college and arranges a meeting for Maria to thank Colin for helping her. This second chance meeting starts a friendship between Maria and Colin which quickly turns into romance.
As they fall in love, there is a series of menacing threats that throws their relationship into a tailspin. How will Colin protect Maria and save her from these on-coming dangers?
See Me: Recommendation
I picked ‘See Me’ to read because I was in the mood for a bit of romance-drama reading. Nicholas Sparks is well known for his romance genre and I had seen the movie The Notebook which is an adapted version of his book, which I enjoyed.
Sparks has 10 novels that were adapted into films already so I assumed his books must be a good read. I liked it the movie The Notebook so I thought I’d give his new book a try.
Of Sparks 18 novels and 2 non-fiction books, I have only read is Nights in Rodante which was some time ago. From what I remember of it I thought it was fine. It was nothing to shout home about.
My expectation for See Me was not high at all, in fact I had low expectations, so it was not at all of a surprise when I read it and thought it was okay. This is not a book that they will be making a movie from. Or I should say I hope they are not.
This is a mediocre book. The story line is predictable because it is a romance book. So no surprises there.
See Me is typically formulaic- boy with bad background, now reformed, meets girl and fall in love. Girl is in danger and boy comes to the rescue and they live happily ever after. That’s it in a nutshell!
Sparks makes this a contemporary romance novel, with the hero being Colin who is your typical hero albeit damaged hero; handsome, strong and smart. Maria, although intelligent is made weak; she gets panic attacks that leaves her paralyzed with fear of dying.
Whilst I don’t take offense to this since it’s a story and a romance-drama at that, I would have preferred something a bit more original than your typical formula.
See Me has received mixed reviews and I can see why. There’s some romance but not quite enough to get the reader to feel romanced. You don’t feel the love connection between the two lovers. The book only has two narrative; Colin and Maria’s so you would expect to feel the warm fuzzy romance in depth. Not so.
Colin, Maria and the other side characters Serena (Maria’s sister) and Evan and Lily (Colin’s friends) were walking clichés. These characters did not have any substance and lacked any meaningful development in their personalities or the romance.
There’s some mystery and suspense as to who’s trying to threaten Maria but it’s not hard to guess the plot. A happy ending of course, Colin comes to the rescue by solving the mystery and saving the day.
One positive comment that I can make is that the author is able to write well and his style of writing is easy to read and very clear. So reading 482 pages of this book went fast though I would not say it was addictive to read.
Another plus for the story is that it has an inter-racial relationship which makes it more interesting. Colin is American and Maria’s ethnic background is Mexican. We do get a little glimpse into the lives of Sanchez and the cultural differences between the two lovers.
I have not read enough of Sparks’ works to determine if his novels are all like this. I would think that if you are a Nicholas Sparks fan you would want to check it out. Otherwise I would recommend leaving it for the summer and have it as a beach read.
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