TITLE: A WALK TO REMEMBER
AUTHOR: NICHOLAS SPARKS
MY RATING: FIVE HEARTS! (♥♥♥♥♥)
“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…”
“Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina, and is considered as one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 100 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), The Best of Me (2011), and The Longest Ride (2013), as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoirThree Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. His eighteenth novel, See Me, was published on October 13, 2015.”
“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”
Hypnotic and solemnly beautiful.
A book that will make you smile, then burst into tears at the same time.
Another tear-jerker novel from Nicholas Sparks! A Walk to Remember is my second-most favorite novel written by Sparks, next to The Notebook. Don’t ask me why.
A story that will surely move and touch your heart – it is about a man who was reminiscing his years back at Beaufort High, going back to the day where he was once in love with a girl who affected his life, and changed everything. At first, I thought I wasn’t going to feel anything, I thought it was just another-plain-typical-love-story, I thought… I thought…
Poof! I was definitely wrong. It made me feel so much love and sadness. It was truly a heartfelt story, and I couldn’t stop crying until the end. It’s so sweet and sincere, it is a kind of love that we look for, in this world full of wrongs and what ifs. The main characters are Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan. Landon Carter isn’t too good to be true, he isn’t a kind of guy you’ve seen in some movies, and he isn’t perfect at all – like some guys do. He doesn’t have any crush on Jamie, because he didn’t like her. Landon can be quite judgmental most of the time but all of that changes when he met Jamie. Jamie Sullivan, on the other hand, is in contrast with Landon. She’s a sweet, kindhearted, caring, and affectionate individual you’d ever met. She’s perfect in some ways I couldn’t explain. And she’s a Christian.. Everything about her is so… light and carefree. Sometimes, I wish I have a mind and heart like hers. When there’s a problem, she knows how to handle it well, she can still smile despite all the hardships, and her faith is so strong. I guess that’s the reason why I admire her so much.
“I dont think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.”
The story was told in Landon Carter’s POV (first and second point of view). What made it more interesting is when Landon talks to the readers, like you’re there at that moment, like he talks to you face-to-face *if you know what I mean*. It was like he’s re-telling his story to the readers. A Walk to Remember is light-read, and you could actually finish it within a day (as for me, I finished it for five hours). I just like the way how the story and the secrets unraveled within each chapter. The ending is quite predictable (and I’ve watched the movie), because of the signs and clue-words that was being said in the book, but there is the desire and want to finish reading it. Landon and Jamie’s love story is perfect and right in so many ways. Their love for each other is God-centered that is why it is so lovely and natural.
The profound messages in this book are inspiring and awakening, and it shows how faith works to those people who believe, that miracles can happen when you least expect it. Love brings out the best in people – that’s one of the things I learned in this book. Love has so much power over us, and so is faith. This book reminds us that we should be thankful for what we have, and also to give importance and attention to the things that matter the most before it’s too late.
“I held her close to me with my eyes closed, wondering 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.”