Like many of Sparks's novels, The Lucky One is a love story that contains various themes that can speak to its different readers. As I read the novel, it makes me think about destiny and fate: Is it fate or destiny that controls our lives, or are our lives shaped by the choices we make?
Since the novel is titled The Lucky One, before we even begin the novel we must wonder who in the novel is lucky and why they are considered lucky. Is it fate that Logan finds Beth's picture when he is in the Marines in Iraq? What role does fate have in bringing him to North Carolina and to find Beth? In the novel, Sparks writes that Logan "was here because he’d made the decision to search for the woman in the picture, it had nothing to do with destiny or magic” (157). Throughout the book, Logan seems to question choices versus destiny himself. He surmises that everyone has a destiny, but not everyone chooses to follow it; Beth is his destiny.