Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

This book was due at the library over a week ago (ack!), but I wanted to post a few of my thoughts before rushing back to the library. I rush because my parents occasionally threaten to take away library privileges until I learn to be more responsible and get things back on time. Sigh. I'm working on it, I swear. It hasn't actually happened (the library privileges being taken away), but I don't want to test them too much. Anyway...

Set in 1958, A Walk to Remember* tells the story of Landon Carter. Despite having a pretty much absentee father, Landon's had a good life in the small town he's grown up in. Finally a senior, he decides to take Drama. It was either that or Chemistry II. There he meets Jamie Sullivan. Of course, this isn't the first time he's met her, but he's beginning to see her in a new light. She'll teach him things he never thought he needed to learn and give him a whole new outlook on life.

The reason I decided to give this book a try is that I had seen the movie* a very, very long time ago. By a very long time, I mean around the time I was eleven. I absolutely adored the movie, so I thought I'd give the book a try. Why it took me so long, I'm not sure.

In the beginning of the book, the book says that the book will first make you smile, then make you cry. I did a lot of smiling while reading this book. It's a sweet story. I didn't cry, but then I can't remember the last time I cried while reading a book although I did come close to crying while reading Under this Unbroken Sky.

Overall, I'd say that this book would be perfect for someone who has a lazy day off, looking for a book to sink into for a couple hours.

Question for those of you who've read the book. Do you think that Landon Carter ended up becoming a preacher?
End of spoiler

If you'd like a few good reasons to not read Spark's writing, or at least not his most recent book, check out The Book Lady's challenge experience. It had me laughin'.

And now, off to the library.

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