Title: A Walk to Remember
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Published On: September 1st 2004
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
My Rating: 5 Stars
Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he'd fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's Baptist minister. A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter's life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood...
I remember watching this movie years ago and I loved it. Of course, the movie adaptation is TOTALLY different, but I didn’t know that at the time, so I went to my mom and told her it was on my Christmas wish list.
A few weeks later, the day after Christmas, I started reading A Walk to Remember and I was sure it was the wrong book. Only, it wasn’t. It was just very different. The setting is a bit different, the book is based in an earlier decade than the movie. This affected the characters and the scenes in the book, making them different from the ones I grew to love in the movie.
Different, but not bad. Landon and Jamie were great both on the page and on the screen!
I think the best part about their relationship is that it grows slowly- it’s not insta-love. Plus, the whole dislike-to-love thing is always great. And I say dislike instead of hate because they didn’t really start off hating each other. They were mostly indifferent. Besides, I don’t think Jamie could hate anyone.
She was genuinely friendly and caring to everyone, and I think that’s part of why she’s so likable.
Warning: Be ready to cry! I cried A TON during this book and I don’t regret it one bit. It’s a quick read, but it had my shirt wet from tears and my eyes puffy by the end.
Would I recommend it?
Definitely. I liked this book so much that I even spent a few days reading it aloud to my Grandma because I felt the need to share it so badly (and her eyesight is bad so reading is difficult for her). One of the few books I’ve read by Sparks, but it’s a favorite.
About Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 97 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 65 million copies in the United States alone.
Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 by Warner Books. He followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian(2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song(2009), Safe Haven (2010) and The Best of Me (2011), as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. His seventeenth novel, The Longest Ride, was published on September 17, 2013. Keep Reading »