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Nicholas Sparks is known for his best selling love stories such as 'The Notebook'. I have heard about him and his work for a long time and just had not got round to reading any of his books until now. The reason I chose this book to read was that I had read a lot of good reviews about it online, I like reading book reviews but hate it when they give the story away so I will try and review this one without giving it away too much.
'A walk to remember' by Nicholas Sparks tells a tale of Landon Carter the popular boy and Jamie Sullivan the Minister's daughter who spends her free time reading the bible and volunteering at the local orphanage, two 17 year olds living in a small town in North Carolina in 1958.
The story is told from the eyes of Landon as he reflects on his life some 40 years later. When I first began to read this book I thought it would be difficult to get in to the mindset of a 17 year old boy. However I was wrong, the book is written in such a beautiful way that encaptures you into the story. Sparks writes the characters so well that you really get to know them and can completely relate to them and their emotions.
I love books that you can really get in to, ones that you can imagine the characters so vividly and that you don't want to put down as you can't wait to know what happens next. This book completely does that. I found myself immersed into the book at some stages just wanting to know what was going to happen.
This is not your typical boy meets girl story. It will have you smiling, crying and feeling a whole load of emotions in between.
I have seen online this was made into a film which I might have to watch. However there is just something about reading a story that makes it all a bit more personal as you have your own perception of the characters.
One of the most beautiful and impactful books that I have ever read and highly recommend it to anyone.
A Walk to Remember follows the character of Landon Carter at a North Carolina high school - Landon is the jock, the typical popular male portrayed within many American novels, then there's Jamie Sullivan. The daughter of a church minister, she carries a Bible with her wherever she goes. The traditional turbulent friendship between two polar opposites ensues with a killer plot twist to bring everything together and make you go 'OHHHH!'
Thoughts and Opinions:
Nicholas Sparks is one of my favourite authors and this book managed to exceed my expectations. Whilst expecting a normal, run of the mill romance, I was instead left with a book that is full to the brim with sheer and pure emotion, highlighting the innocence of young love. The twist in the story's plot is heart-breaking and tear-jerking, whilst the narrative has the power to knock you off your feet - even if you dislike emotional books, I sincerely and definitively suggest with all my heart that this is the one that you NEED to read - the clarity with which Sparks writes and the effect that it has on everything, even the way you look at life, is enough to make this one of the best books that I have read.
Seen through the eyes of Landon Carter, the teenage rebel, it is easily accessible to guys who have truly and utterly found their true love. After all, 'A Walk to Remember' makes you believe that, no matter your age, or your appearance, or your aspirations, true love exists, it is just a matter of finding that someone.
Nicholas Sparks is an American author who seems to specialise in romantic fiction through the generations, from the young (as in this novel) to the older in (Nights in Rodanthe). At current, he has 16 published novels, with many international bestsellers and many adapted films being generated.
I would sincerely recommend this novel to ANYONE who likes romantic novels, or even if you are merely looking to explore the genre - it is truly exquisite.
Anyone who had read my book reviews in the past will know that I am a big fan of Nicholas Sparks' books as they are all very moving and excellent engaging stories so I was so pleased when my boys bought me this book for my birthday and sat straight down to start reading it.
The story starts with Landon telling us about where he lives in North Carolina and about his parents. He is a normal 17 year old boy who likes to keep in with his friends and be popular. This though was about to change when he started drama classes at school., He only took them as he though it would be an easy subject to pass and not much work involved. In these lessons he got to know Jamie who was the ministers daughter, people thought she was strange as she always walked around holding her bible and doing good for others. Landon and Jamie get to know each other when he asks her to the school dance as he has no one else to go with and does not want to go alone.
Jamie and Landon realise that they did actually enjoy spending time together and soon they are doing other things which Landon would not normally dream of doing, like helping out at the orphanage and giving up his free time to act in the Christmas play. The two problems which Landon has is that Jamie's father does not like him and his school friends who tease him for spending time with Jamie. Can Landon overcome this to help Jamie who is always helping others and what will come of their friendship?
I loved how the storyline involved teenagers and not adults as it made it so much more touching. The way the story was told made it so easy to get to know the two main character. Landon gave us a lot of details about his life and where he lived and for me this helped to visualise the places he visited and his family members and home. I found the descriptions we had of Jamie made me able to make a good mental picture of her which helped when reading the book. We did get a few different places in the book and they were all easy to understand and visualise also as we were told all about them and the way they looked and I found I could easily get a feel for them and make a mental picture of the characters in them which did make the reading a more enjoyable experience. The year for this book was the 1950's and although we did not have any pictures I was still able to get a good feel for the year from the things which were talked about and what the characters did.
I will confess now that I did cry at the end of the book as the story was very moving but throughout, right from the start I was feeling so many emotions and at times I would want to giggle and at other times my heart would break for the characters as they told of something sad in their life. I think the way this book has been written makes it very easy for these emotions to flow and not have to be forced.
One problem which I had with this book was that I could not put it down, I read it in just 2 days but I did miss out on a few hours sleep. I just did not want to put this book down at all and I wanted to carryon reading to find out what the characters were going to do next. For me this is a good thing as it means I am enjoying the book and not finding it a hard read. I did think this book looked a little short and thought it would be a bit of a let down or a rushed storyline but I can say this was not the case. The story was told in just the right way and nothing was dragged out or played on so I got bored reading about it. The pace was good from start to finish although I was a little disappointed when I got the end a I thought there was another chapter left but this was one from another of his books and this was a let down for me. The ending was very good though but I should have looked before I started reading and then I would not have felt cheated at the end.
The book which I have is the paperback edition and it has 193 pages, 170 of these are the actual story. The book was written by Nicholas Sparks and published by Sphere. The retail price on the back cover is £6.99 but these books are available on Amazon for around the £5 mark.
This is another Sparks book which gets the full 5 stars from me. I recommend it to all as it has a very touching and emotional story and the characters are very easy to get to know and like. I do think this would make a great film as long as they stick to the book.
A "Walk To Remember" simply Dazzling!!!
Having watched the film adaptation first, I took the book to simply get the details that could not be put in the film. Don't get me wrong, I loved the film but the book is really where my heart got hooked. Nicholas Sparks is one divine writer who has a talent to bringing words to life and tears to your eyes.
In the 1950s, Landon Carter is a rich boy who has no aim in life, except to have fun. Jamie Sullivan is the church minister's daughter, who is highly religious and down-to-earth. They have nothing in common but yet they will live the most wonderful love story ever. Jamie has a secret though, will their love survive?
"A Walk To Remember" is the narration of the now middle aged Landon Carter of how his life got drastically changed with the help of someone, he would never have thought of. Landon remembers the girl, he has always seen but had never paid attention to. Jamie Sullivan is Landon complete opposite, she is sweet, devoted to the Lord, does not take interest in fashion; however when she is asked by Landon to help him, she makes him promise "not to fall in love" with her, which Landon laughs at first but finally against his will does so.
" A walk to remember" is about Landon discovering that what is important is not what others think, but what his feeling is about, his love for Jamie is more important than popularity. Jamie also learns that love cannot be avoided and that this is destiny.
A walk to remember got me crying and I rarely cry on books, but the words, the emotions though I never lost anyone before, they reach me and I manage to understand and to appreciate that life is meant to be lived day by day with the people who care and who love you.
Really a book worth reading
Thanks for reading
I should mention from the outset that if you have seen the film A Walk to Remember then you will find the the book has many differences. A Walk to Remember is one of those books that can be very hard to put down, it has to be said that this is a trait for all of Nicholas Sparks books. I was initially disappointed with the book, having been a big fan of the film it seemed a shame that the book is quite different. However this was no longer an issue once I got in to the story. The story is heart-wrenching and very capable of producing tears from even the most cold hearted of people.
A Walk to Remember follows the story of Landon and Jamie, two teenagers from a small town. Jamie is a Baptist whose father is the local minister, she is a very understanding and forgiving person. Landon is a bit of a 'rebel' getting into lots of trouble, he and Jamie do not see eye-to-eye. Slowly throughout the story they begin to get closer beginning a heart-warming romance. This romance suffers a twist of fate that leads it in a direction that neither would have imagined and turns Landon into the perfect gentleman.
This book would most likely suit anyone that likes romance stories. The overall happiness of the story makes the sadness that comes with it seem worthwhile. While reading this book I experienced a whirlwind of emotions. I believe that any book that is capable of producing so many emotions is well worth reading.
Rarely do I read a book after watching a film because then one of them disappoint me somehow. However with this Nicholas Sparks book I didn't find that to be the case. I actually came across it by accident, having nothing to read whilst on my lunch hour at work and it was on the side, I'd already watched the film many times and loved it so I was very unsure about the book but being a bookworm I gave it a go.
The book is written through the eyes of Landon, straight from the off the book tells you that its going to be an emotional journey and it is. Landon is forced to spend time through school commitments, in the form of a school play, with the Minister's daughter, Jamie, she is considered in school to be a freak, she carries around a bible and rarely does anything with people her own age living with her father after her mum died in child birth she spends most of her time with him. The one thing Jamie says to Landon at the begining of their time together is "promise not to fall in love with me" he happily obligies thinking it impossible. Through the story you learn a lot more about Jamie and the reasons for her faith and her actions. Landon is one of the most popular boys in school so they live in very different worlds.
The story covers many different angles from falling in love, dealing with teenage popularity issues, cancer, grief and loss. It's a very touching book and most people will be able to relate to some aspects of the book. This romantic tearjerker is not all doom and gloom though, it does leave you feeling happy at the end of it.
It's a very easy read, like most people I read very fast and sometimes find myself not taking in a whole paragraph in a book, however with this book I did not find that to be the case. Its not a very big book and I finished it quite quickly.
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy ChickLit and I would pay around £5 mark for this book again.
N.B. Nicholas Sparks also wrote The Notebook, one of my favourite films, I am planning on buying this book too. If you liked The Notebook you will love this book.
A Walk To Remember
This book is another one that has been made into a film, and in my opinion, the film was just fantastic but this book is utterly brilliant. For once I think the director and screen play writer really took what Nicholas Sparks wrote and made sure that not too much changed because it was just pure perfection.
If you've never read Nicholas Sparks before then here's a little bit about him.
Nicholas Sparks is a well known American author who writes romantic fiction, he is constantly the best seller in the New York Times list, and the one thing that I like is he uses the names of his huge family in his books, and uses a lot of himself to write. I believe all of his books are set in his home town of North Carolina.
He has the tendency to make you cry and this book is no different.
The book follows Landon, a high school jock who makes a big mistake and is partnered with Jamie, the Baptists daughter who walks around with a bible in her hands and is a regular do gooder. She doesn't have many friends and none of the boys fancy her, however Landon starts to see the true beauty within and begins to fall slowly in love.
This book is just amazing; I think it's my favourite book that Nicholas Sparks has written. The way he writes is just brilliant especially in this book, because when the twist comes you really feel upset and if you're like me, then I dare you not to cry.
I'm sure some of you have seen the film already, if not then check it out because it is just as good as the book. I think it was annoying that they cast someone as pretty as Mandy Moore as it made the role of Jamie less believable, however if you like a good story and a good chick flick then either the book or the film are for you.
Like most of Nicholas Sparks books you can't put the book down, I think I've read the book countless times over the years and I never tire of reading it again. I think the development of the characters is just brilliant and you really feel for this two characters. Sparks really has a talent for writing true love and making you believe in true love.
If you are not a cryer then you haven't seen this film yet, we watched it at a sleepover a few years ago and I think 2 people of about 12 of us didn't have a tear in their eyes, it really is beautiful. If you've seen the film and loved it, then I would recommend reading the book because it's so much better than the film.
I will be actually selling some of Nicholas Sparks books on EBay soon, as I have everyone he's ever written and they just take up so much room. You can pretty much get his books for pennys on EBay but on sites like Play.com you are looking to pay £5 for it. Our library has hundreds of Nicholas Sparks books so check for them there as well.
This is definitely one of Nicholas Sparks best books by far, it has so much emotion written onto every page, and it's got the most heartbreaking twist within it that I'm sure will get most of you girls sobbing.
A fantastic book and well worth the money you pay for it.
(C) Kirsty 2009
If you have read other books by Nicholas Sparks such as: Message in a bottle, The Notebook, The Wedding, A Bend on the Road etc. then you know that this guy can really make you cry. In this book he evens worns you in the beginning but that makes the experience of reading it even more dramatic.
This story is of course about love, loss, grief and change. But while you read it, you also get this breeze of a wind that blows your face and says: it's ok, this has to happen, but it's gonna be alright. It's the story of Landon, an otherwise "cool" and popular high school boy, who gradually falls for the most unlikely girl...Jamie...the daughter of the town's Baptist minister.
Jamie is the type of girl that always walks around with a Bible in her hands, helps animals and does her best to help the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out and Landon had no intention to either before he found himself being her partner for the homecoming dance. From that point on, he is taken into a journey in which he will explore a side of him that is deeper and more true to his heart and feelings.
The beauty of the story is that Jamie is no charicature of a "nice" girl. Yes, she does help people, she takes care of her widowed father and is content living in a world apart from the other teens. But she is not a victim. She doesn't think that the world owes her anything and she will not let anyone cross her. She is who she is because she chooses to and she is very clear about her choice and the consiquences it has. It is amazing how Sparks manages to create these three dimensional characters who are not superficially "nice", but have a strong and deep soul that speaks for itself.
Anyway, as with every love story, this one too reaches a peak beyond which you just know that something bad is gonna happen. It's the feeling you get when you know there is a price to pay. It is at that point that Sparks has really penetrated your defences and leaves you reading in a very vulnerable state because you just don't want nothing bad to happen to these characters. When he serves you with the tragic facts that have been kept hidden halfway through, he does so in a way that is acceptable. As I said, that wind in your face really does its job in telling you: yes, you and the characters have to go through this to come out stronger...
The book is an easy read. It's not like you won't be able to put it down because at times you may find yourself putting the book down to reflect on what you have read. After the real drama kicks in, I would say the book becomes addictive. Especially when you find out why she is carrying the Bible all the time...
Having read many of his books, I am amazed that a male author knows so much about the female psyche... wait... wrong... it is not the female psyche.... it is the human psyche. It's us who call it "female" becuase it sounds weak and non "muscular". Yes. It would be a terrible mistake to say that his books are about women and for women. I read his first book when I was 13 and it really changed me as a person. I didn't want to end up a "cool" guy anymore... I wanted to be a real human being that is capable of experiencing all these emotions and not be ashamed of it. So, yes, if you were to ask me, I think this and all Spark's books are actually written for men. For those who are already not afraid of their emotions, for those who are, and for those who don't want to be....
I have read a lot of books of all different kinds. But never before have i read a book that made me laugh, cry and saw awww out loud. This book did all of these things and more. Usualluy i am reluctant to read books that a movie i liked was based on because often i find that i become disillusioned about the film. The enjoyment is taken out of it for me. With this book, that didn't happen. "A Walk to Remember" has become my favourite film and after seeing it i had to read the book. The great thing about the book is that is is different enough from the film that neither one is ruined for you after readin and enough like the movie that you still know the characters and love them as much. They still touch you in the same way.
In case you don't know, the book is the story of a older man who looks back to when he was a 17 year old boy and how he fell in love for the first time with the minister's daughter. The book shows how they fall ion love and all that they go through afterwards.
Unlike the movie, the book is set in the 1950's so as you can imagine the atmosphere and circimstances and the things people do are very different. The dangerous/cruel jokes we see played in the movie don't exist in the book. But the jokes are still as hurtful.
The will and strength of Jamie Sullivan in this book are tremendous. You can see the whole thing being played out in your mind, and you take the faces of the actors you know as the characters and place them in the 50's and the book is so much more amazing to you.
When i read this book, i refused to put it down until i finished. I would read a passage and i would have to reread it 10 times. Not because it didn't make sense but because it touched me so much. I would say out 'aww' out loud at certain points as new love and first love blossomed. And then i would be laughing, for no particular reason than the book in spired me to do so. No other book has ever had that effect on me before. I may like a book, i may think a book is sweet. But i have never before been compelled to voice a thought to myself as i read the words, which i found myself doing a lot with this book. I would read a sentence and i would say to myself aloud "This is what first love should be like" the innocence of it and the wonder of it. It touches you and makes you wish for it.
And the book makes you cry, but not neccessarily with sadness. You cry just because there are so many emotions that this book brings out in you that you just have to cry.
There are so many passages, one in particular, that i can recite word by word from this book. Passages and sentences that will stick with me forever. This book is one that i know i will always keep a copy of and read when i feel like there is no hope of love or happiness in this world, because this book renews that hope. This book gives you that hope.
I loved this book, And when i found out they were making it into a movie i was worried. Because it was a great book and i was afraid the movie would be really bad. But Mandy Moore and Shane West did a great job in the movie. In my openion Mandy Moore is one of the, if not the, most talented actors/singers/all around beatifull people i have ever seen. Her and the rest of the cast did Mr. Sparks well. I think that everyone that has the chance should buy this book.
I saw the movie A walk to remember and it was pretty good.Then i read the book and it was the sweetest book i ever read.First of all A walk to remember is about an old guy Landon Carter who remembers his year at Beaufort High every april.He remembers the time in the 1950s when the men donned hats and the women wore dresses.He remembers Jamie Sullivan a girl who changed his life forever.Jamie Sullivan was the shy,babtist minister`s daughter and a girl who Landon thought he would never fall in love with.Jamie had no friends and noone went out with her.Then a slight twist of fate made Jamie Landon`s date for the homecoming dance and soon their relationship blossomed into a bittersweet love story.Nicholas Sparks got the idea for A walk to remember from his own sister Danielle Sparks.Danielle also had cancer.A walk to remember is the most heart-warming tale ever written.I would definatly recommend it to anyone and i`m sure most people would agree the book is much better than the movie.I`m running out of characrters so just before i leave i wanna say that if you belive in true love,fate,and/or miracles, please read A walk to remember.First you will laugh.then you will cry.Don`t say you haven`t been warned.
I couldn't put this book down once I started to read it. It tore right at my heart strings and there were places that I out and out cried. It is a great book and any body that is romantic will love it. The two main characters are Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan. Throughout the book they are who the whole book spins the story around. There are a few other characters but they are played down. This book brings out the reality of this world of ours. If something is different or we don't understand it or the person, all to often we poke fun or leave them out of our group. Not realizing their feelings are probably hurt very deeply. Jamie is a person that is different from everyone and the kids at school make sure she is aware of it, each and everyday. They poke fun at her all the time. They try to do it behind her back but Jamie is fully aware what is going on and keeps to herself. Than Landon Carter enters the story and things begin to change for Jamie. Landon starts to get around Jamie and slowly but surely she weaves her fingers around his heart. He fights the conflicting emotions that start bombarding him. The more Landon gets around Jamie the more he gets to like her. When any of his friends sees him with her he gets embarrassed and in turn gets angry with her. One of the hardest battles that Landon has to fight is with himself. He struggles with himself to stand up for her when his friends make fun of her. And it is a hard battle for him. It seems he just isn't strong enough to tell his friends to back off. As you read on further into the book your heart goes out to Landon because you see a wonderful change come over him. This is a gradual change but all along the way you can see the conflict he fights with himself. He goes from a immature little boy to a loving young man. All through the book Jamie stays the same understanding and forgiving person, no matter what is done to her. She has had a lot of heartache and pa
in before Landon comes into the story. This book is both sad and romantic at the same time. One thing it's almost sure to do is make you take a look at how you treat people based on their outward appearance and not on what is in their heart. Sparks has once again outdone himself with a book he wrote that you can't put down.
This is the tender story of a 40-yearold man looking back on his first--and possibly deepest--love.