Age Range: 13 and up
Reading Level: High School
There was a time when the world was sweeter....when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats....
Every April, when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High. Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he'd been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he'd fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town's Baptist minister....Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart-and the joy and pain of living. The inspiration for this novel came from Nicholas Sparks's sister: her life and her courage. From the internationally bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, comes his most moving story yet....
A Walk to Remember is such a beautiful but sad book. I have seen the movie multiple times, but this is my first time reading the book, and it was so heartwarming. Nicholas Sparks has a very different writing style than most authors and does not tend to focus on the details or dialogue but just tells the story with not a lot of fluff. The story was also pretty quick and easy to read. I did not expect it, but I liked the writing style. There’s a reason Nicholas Sparks is one of the best romance writers of today’s times.
I also did not expect Landon to be as nice as he was. Of course, movies and books always differ, but I felt like Landon‘s character was very different. The story was told from his perspective so that the reader could see all of his thoughts, and he was actually a really good and sweet guy who was also kind of dorky. This novel was also pretty clean and wholesome, which I was happy about.
The story of Landon and Jamie is one of the most beautiful and emotional. I’m sure everybody knows how the story ends, but if you don’t, I won’t spoil it but let me say it’s so good and sad at the same time. I recommend this book, even if you have already watched the movie.
Things to Mention: Mentions of a boy having shots of bourbon and beer. A punch bowl is spiked at a school dance and many people get drunk. One girl gets sick from the alcohol and passes out. Mentions that Landon's grandfather died while sleeping with his mistress. Landon says he had a few girlfriends and french kissed one of them once. A few kisses with no details. Landon and his friends used to say the word fornicators around the minister to make him mad. A remark about second base. A few bad words: sh**, d***, hell, and crap.
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