An epic love story, which became a major Hollywood film starring Mandy Moore, by the bestselling author of THE NOTEBOOK and THE LAST SONG.
Can you resist the depths of the human heart?
It is 1958 and seventeen-year-old Landon is revelling in his youth: dating girls and even claiming to have been in love. He is a world apart from shy, reclusive Jamie Sullivan, a Baptist's daughter who carries a bible with her school books, cares for her widowed father and volunteers at the orphanage. But fate will intervene.
Forced to partner up at the school dance, Landon and Jamie embark on a journey of earth-shattering love and agonising loss far beyond their years. In the months that follow, Landon discovers the true depths of the human heart, and takes a decision that is so stunning it will lead him irrevocably down the road to manhood. . .
About the Author
With over seventy-seven million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include eleven No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks' books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than forty languages. Seven of his novels have been adapted into major films: The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.
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Comments about A Walk to Remember:
I'd read this book when it first came out (in my early twenties) and was eager to revisit this novel to see if it lived up to the picture I had in my mind.
While I still enjoyed it, I can't say it was held in the same regard. I'd forgotten the feeling of preachiness along with its abrupt ending that I felt could of had more emotional resonance if Nicholas Sparks had let it develop past the titles namesake. But that is just my opinion (now somewhat more mature).
The reaction of townsfolk to Jamie's news nearly ruined it for me though. I've gone through that same experience and felt that situation in the novel was too generalised – as was Jamie's character. She was too goody-two-shoes and I found it difficult to relate to her. I was hoping for some character flaw or insecurity to have me rooting for her. Then, consequently the dramatic response of others towards Jamie (especially near the end of the novel) felt like overkill – and too much of a blanket response. You get such mixed reactions from the population in general, and that was overlooked here. I feel it was a missed opportunity to elevate tension and get a bigger pay-off at the climax.
Our other main character – Landon is what kept me enticed. His voice subtly changes through each chapter and is easily relatable and realistic. For a romance novel, he definitely takes the cake for making me swoon. Tenacious and strong but with an adolescent vulnerability that had him faltering along his path. I'd love a good character arc! I would recommend this book for Landon Carter alone. *woof!*
At the conclusion of the novel I was still wishing for a little more – more of the story, more about the cast. It was hauntingly beautiful, but cut off my need to indulge in the burgeoning relationships.
I love the characterisation and symbolism in the novel – it's beautiful and poignant. It jumped the line of a YA novel with an immature voice, to something much more mature and soulful. That did pull me from the narrative at times, but did not distract from my experience of A Walk to Remember.
I loved the movie version of this story much better – the symbolism was re-interpreted, but the characters felt more realistic and the story almost ethereal. And I definitely got more of 'the feels' from the movie than I did from the book. If you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember is a definite staple in his collection, however I'd recommend the film over the novel any day…
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 24th January 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1