I just finished Sparks’ latest book, “Safe Haven,” which follows the story of a young woman named Katie who has just relocated to a town in North Carolina and befriends a neighbor named Jo and a shopkeeper named Alex with two young children. The story is classic Sparks: plenty of unknown backstory that is slowly and interestingly revealed, as well as lots of Southern scenery and confessions of affection.
The film adaptation stars Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, and will be released on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. I believe that if the movie is anything like the book, we will have another Sparks hit on our hands.
Overall, I admire Sparks for being able to control the emotions of his readers and those who watch his movies; I believe that it truly shows how gifted an author he is. And you can’t really fault the guy for knowing what works and sticking to it. If it means that we continue to get beautiful romance stories out of it, then I guess it’s OK.
Maggie McVey, a 2012 graduate of Oneonta High School, is a freshman at the State University College at Plattsburgh. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.