Title: A Walk to Remember
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: September 1st 2004 (first published October 1st 1999)
Source: Own Paperback
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…
Did You Know?-
That Jamie was named after Nicholas’s editor, Jamie Raab?
That Landon is the name of his third son?
That Nicholas Sparks recorded his own reading for the audio version of the novel?
“First you will smile, and then you will cry — don’t say you haven’t been warned.”
Like with Taking Back Forever by Karen Amanda Hooper, I was being warned… but I don’t listen now do I?
When I bought this book at Costco, I knew I would cry, I knew I would wail like a little kid, and I still bought it. I read this book between March 5 & 6, and I still don’t have enough words to express how much I liked this book. So, I’m making a GIF Review! If you don’t know what are those, you can click here to know more 😀
I–unfortunately–had watched the movie first (it was for my Spanish class haha) so I knew what to expect. Or I thought I did. The movie and the book are so different (no surprises there). The basic plot as to how is Landon (main character) and Jamie (other main character), and the whole situation, then it’s the same. the other not.
The book is about Landon, who always remembers his teenage years, specially the last of his senior year. With a father that was barely there and mostly on business, he was raised by his mother. He was a normal teen like everyone. And things start to turn a way he never would have imagined when he asks Jamie Sullivan, daughter of the minister whom he always joked of, to a school dance. From there on, the two embark on a friendship and much more.
Landon is such a character I loved. Nothing like the rebel we see on the movie. He still has his few things here and there, but still…
Because, well, it’s a love story. I’m a sucker for romance… But after the big romance… I was like this…
The characters in general…
Book in general…
A few quotes from the book:
“Without suffering, there’d be no compassion.”
“I held her close to me with my eyes closed, wonering if anything in my life had ever been this perfect and knowing at the same time that it hadn’t. I was in love, and the feeling was even more wonderful than I ever imagined it could be.”
“I dont think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.”
Rating: 5 stars
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