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A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks

Title: A Walk to Remember
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Year of Publication: 1999
Genre: Romance
Pages: 240
First Line: "When I was seventeen, my life changed forever."

Summary: Every April, when the wind blows in 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 mae 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....
(Source: Back of book)

Review: Mmm. So sweet. I definitely enjoyed this book more than The Notebook (both books I saw the movies first, having been unaware they were based off of books). The writing style was interesting. The pace wasn't great--it seemed to take forever and then went really fast and then slowed a little bit, but that might have been intentional, an aid to help describe how the time seemed to go fast--times flies when you're in love with a dying girl. I'll be the first to admit it--I cried towards the end, just a little. I usually don't cry for books or movies. Even though I knew what was coming in this one, I still cried. Um...I hate saying this, but in many aspects, I prefer the movie (the time setting, Landon's attitude, how he got involved with her in the first place, the play "choice"...) but there were things I liked about the book better (there was a really nice Christmas scene and stuff). So it was definitely a great read, but I think the movie is even better (don't throw things at me! Haha. I don't say this sort of thing often. Besides. Shane West? MMMM!) But I'd definitely recommend the book. I read it in one sitting.

Worst part: Nothing was particularly BAD, just not GOOD, you know? I guess the worst part was (again, don't hurt me) I liked the list in the movie--Jamie wants to be in two places at once, wants X, Y, Z, and then the star thing--and those were absent in the book. I was a little disappointed with that.

Best part: It got me to CRY. Which is tough to do. I was impressed. I want a Landon.

Grade: A

Other Books by This Author: The Notebook, others.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 22nd, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
I've actually never seen the movie, I just picked up this book off my teacher's book shelf cause I needed something to read, but my friend told me the ending, idiot. But I really enjoyed it, it went very fast for me, it's great.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
It's a nice quick read. But satisfying at the same time. :)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
I've never seen the movie. I read the book a while ago, so I don't remember that many details, but I do remember really enjoying it. I cried, even though I knew the ending. I liked it more than The Notebook
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I really wasn't a fan of The Notebook as a book. If I remember correctly, there was a lot of "omg we're apaaaart" and it was just dragging and boring.

There are some aspects, as I said, that I prefer in the movie that aren't in the book for AWTR. I think I prefer Landon's character in the movie--though only slightly.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
I haven't read the book yet, but the movie was so awesome. It made me cry ;_;
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Read the book!! :)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
I don't know about the book, but the movie was easily one of the worst movies I've ever seen. :/
Jun. 23rd, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Care to elaborate? I've never heard of anyone who didn't like it.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
Predictable, cheesy, cliched. The writing was just awful and completely out of touch with reality. I mean.. "Promise not to fall in love with me?" Give me a break.

The movie was an insult to true human emotion.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Hmm. That may be so, but isn't it sometimes nice to just enjoy a sort of...nice story? I'm not sure how else to put that. Like...it was just nice. Not necessarily quality fiction/writing/etc. Just something nice and enjoyable. That's how I feel about it. *shrug*
Jun. 23rd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
I saw the movie before I read the book. They both made me cry. This was my favourite Nicholas Sparks book because I related to Jamie and the narrator had an engaging voice. My favourite bit of the book was the walk down the aisle, which is absent from the movie. I also liked the play, which is better than the musical in the movie.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wish they had done the wedding scene in the movie like they did in the book with the wheelchair. I started crying when he kneeled so they were face-to-face during the ceremony. *heart flutters* They didn't do that in the movie. = \

And I actually preferred the musical. Partly because it lead to a kiss which spoke volumes of what they were starting to feel for each other, that Landon wouldn't put into words and Jamie may not have realized entirely.
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