"A Walk to Remember" is ..... special. This is a simple story that for all it's predictable twists and turns keeps you so involved with the characters that I would be surprised if anyone could put it down before finishing it. A love story of the 1950's between polar personalities that progresses toward the oneness that real love achieves, this little fable takes on all the universal churnings of adolesence and in the simplest means offers answers to many of the Big Questions of philosophy. Landon and Jamie are sojourners through the mysteries of courtship and romance, but drawn in so terse a way that the resolutions to their own questions come first from the heart - of the reader. I think even the most hardened reader, if allowed soulful honesty instead of the pessimism with which we tend to conduct our way through this century, will find tears in the eyes and that constricted throat that means we are emotonally alive during the closing pages of this little treasure. Sure it is "corny"....if feelings, vulnerability, and simplicity are corny. I think we all need to read books like this with some regularity; it makes some sense of our past, our present, and a liitle light at the end of the tunnel.
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In 1958 Landon Carter is a shallow but well-meaning teenager who spends most of his time hanging out with his friends and trying hard to ignore the impending responsibilities of adulthood. Then Landon gets roped into acting the lead in the Christmas play opposite the most renowned goody two-shoes in town: Jamie Sullivan. Against his best intentions and the taunts of his buddies, Landon finds himself falling for Jamie and learning some central lessons in life.
Like John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, Sparks maintains a delicate and rarely seen balance of humor and sentiment. While the plot may not be the most original, this boy-makes-good tearjerker will certainly reel in the fans. Look for a movie starring beautiful people or, better yet, snuggle under the covers with your tissues nearby and let your inner sap run wild. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien