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A book to remember...
A Walk To Remember - Nicholas Spark
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A Walk To Remember - Nicholas Spark
Advantages: Heartwarming, true to Sparks' style, bitter - sweet story .
Disadvantages: Bit cheesy and predictable at times .
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....
Summary: Happy reading my dear romantics...