Two by Two

Two by Two

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear, and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter, and struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding-- one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined"--Goodreads.com.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455520695
9781455520671
Branch Call Number: SPARK
Characteristics: 485 pages
Alternative Title: 2 by 2 : a novel

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CL_kcls
Feb 22, 2021

'Two by Two' is rather a disappointment from Nicholas Sparks.

The main character is spineless toward his wife, who is brazen in showing her utter lack of respect toward him.

The continuous and drawn out refusal of Russ to defend himself, to stand up for himself as his wife berates, humiliates and lies to him gets boring fast and lost my respect even faster. I wouldn't want to be married to a whimpering puppy either.

The conclusion was simultaneously abrupt and foregone.

If I were to name the expected love stories in the book, it would be those between parent and child, brother and sister.

3 Stars

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irishtemper
Feb 20, 2021

Awesome book . should have made it to film in my opinon

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weezie1
Nov 23, 2020

The husband really needed to get a back done and stick up for himself when his wife stared in on him. What a wimp!! The wife was a control freak and had no use for her husband and used the daughter to at every chance she could get to run her husband life. The daughter was a spoiled little brat! But I did enjoy this book!

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BVeal96
Feb 22, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. It was my first Nicholas Sparks book. I sometimes felt like the main character, feeling his emotions and such. I couldn't wait to finish it, it was a really great read for me. I cant wait to read more from him.

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Anita_Dickey
Feb 19, 2019

definately not my favorite of his. seemed to take a long time to get to the point (most of his books do have a slow start, but this was excepitionally slow) even when it did get to the end, it felt almost anticlimatic. well part of me will always be a sparks fan..this book doesn't help his image.

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MillieBT
Jun 26, 2018

The main male character (Russ) lacked confidence and the ability to stand up for himself....
His "woe is me" was too much....there are parts that will break your heart.....the plot line
was predictable

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Mare57stan
May 22, 2018

Excellent, emotional and I couldn't wait to finish just like all his other books. Wonderful story.

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btoomer
Jan 31, 2018

If you want to snuggle up to a good love story that is staged right here in Charlotte, North Carolina, “Two by Two” is the perfect book that will warm your heart this cold winter season. Nicholas Sparks has done an excellent job of introducing us to Russell Green and taking the reader right along with this advertising executive on an emotional roller coaster ride as he faces a job change, marital problems, parenting issues along with the challenges associated with caregiving in the time of illness.

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Marilyn34
Nov 01, 2017

This novel shows the struggles of opening a new business, but fighting for what you think it is right.

Check out my review of "Two by Two" on my blog at:
http://axarr.blogspot.com/2017/10/review-wednesday-two-by-two-by-nicholas.html

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 23, 2017

As my first book by this well-known author, it definitely deserved the few tears I almost shed for it. A deeply moving story about a man named Russell Green twisted its way into my heartstrings and really shifted my idea on relationships. Personally, I had strongly disliked Vivian from the start of the book, where even there she was nothing less of perfect. The author was somehow able to convey negativity in the background of her character, who ended up doing the many things she did. I was stunned by Russell's character development across the book from a meek/hesitant guy to a strong/independent father. But most of all, London is just an amazing little girl who I adored, like any other reader.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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NanCcan
Sep 18, 2017

"At any given time, I am not the whole me; I am but a partial version of myself and each version is slightly different from the others. But each of these versions of me, I now believe, has always had someone by his side. I'd survived the year because I'd been able to march two by two with those I loved the most."

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