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A Walk to Remember

A book by Nicholas Sparks

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Unbelievably Believable

  • Jun 15, 2010
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As with what the other reviewer said, this book lacks in some areas. However, I believe it excels at most.

One thing to remember about this book is the time frame in which the movie (if you've seen it) and the book were set. The movie was set in modern day, while the book was set in the 50s. The latter alone is what makes this book truly stand out.

A Walk To Remember is a love story complicated by life, and though the characters are both polar opposites and Jamie seems to ooze perfection. Jamie's character was interesting in that she truly believed everything she said, but her nature was revealed in other ways. For example, she becomes angry at one point and tells Landon that she is fearful of her situation but puts on a facade to make others more comfortable.

Landon's about-face about how he feels about Jamie seems a little abrupt at first, but there are small clues here and there alluding to his future feelings. Sparks probably could have done a better job at making readers really dislike Landon, but if anything he seems to rather be pulled in different directions in terms of how he sees things. Even so, Sparks does a good job of making their relationship seem believable and the setting of the books helps in this regard.

Overall this was a very enjoyable book. It's also very emotionally charged, considering the characters are only teens, but a good read nonetheless.

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June 21, 2010
I heard the movie was alright, but your review makes the book sound fantastic! I'm a Nicholas Sparks fan, too, so I'll definitely have to check it out. By the way, I know that you're a member of Cafe Libri and I think you intended for your review to be a part of that community, so you can just click on "Add to a Community" underneath the review title and add it there :)
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review by . May 05, 2010
I might never have read this book if not for the movie, by the same name. I was enamored by the movie, enough to want to read the book. As happens almost all the time, there were really big differences between the book and the movie, and I can't say I am happy about that.       I think...    Landon Carter is a typical high school student, with scant interest in his academics. His father is a Congressman, whose family has a long history with Reverend Sullivan, …
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
I love this story, it's really touching and at times, sweet. It's a great read.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
good book. but I still like the movie a lot better.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
A tear jerker. read with tissues handy
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Loved the book and the movie.
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
Love this book. Although it did bring me to tears, its an amazing book. Sweet love story
review by . January 03, 2001
Pros: A shred of hope, a hint of tears, the joy of laughter, the pain of goodbye     Cons: none - well, perhaps too short ....... you want MORE     Several months ago a few people suggested I read a book by Nicholas Sparks titled The Notebook, but being the bull-headed person I am, it took me forever to finally purchase a copy and sit down and enjoy it. The same evening I bought my copy of The Notebook, by a fluke, a girl that I work with purchased a copy …
review by . March 25, 2000
If you cried when you read "Love Story" or saw the film, this too will bring tears to your eyes. The author takes you to that small town in South Carolina in the late 50s. You can almost see the leaves falling off the trees. A truly remarkable story about young first love that is so innocent and sweet it is almost syrupy. This is a book that young Christian adults can read as even though it is a love story it is definitely G-rated. If you are looking for something racy, then this is not it. But …
review by . February 18, 2000
I don't like feeling manipulated. Shallow emotions are trite. Formulas in any form of the arts put fences around responses and feelings. And having protested that much in the opening pages of this little book I sought to prove my point by dissecting what was promising to be a corny tear-jerker for mass consumption. Wrong!"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 …
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In the prologue to his latest novel, Nicholas Sparks makes the rather presumptuous pledge "first you will smile, and then you will cry," but sure enough, he delivers the goods. With his calculated ability to throw your heart around like a yo-yo (try out his earlierMessage in the BottleorThe Notebookif you really want to stick it to yourself), Sparks pulls us back to the perfect innocence of a first love.

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

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ISBN-10: 0446525537
ISBN-13: 978-0446525534
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date Published: September 01, 2000
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