I read the book prior to watching the movie. So maybe that's why I was utterly disappointed. This movie had taken away the core of the book and turned it into a sappy, shallow, love story. There were so many elements from the book that had been taken out which made the gist of the movie have absolutely no sense. The book centered on family with a lovestory on the sideline. The movie centered on the lovestory with the family as the sideline. I understand it's two bankable artists plus it's a Nicholas Sparks adaptation so it's expected to be heavy on love, but there was just no depth, no sense to the story. It was superficial and boring, to say the least.