Author: Nicholas Sparks
Year of Publication: 1999
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.
Other Books by This Author: The Notebook, others.