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A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

I gladly plucked out this book from the shelf because I’ve watched the movie a few years ago and liked it. Well, the movie was quite similar to the book. Some things were changed though. Anyhow, this is a great book and if you’re the sentimental type, you’d probably cry at certain parts in the book. I noticed that there’s a lot of crying in it.

Landon Carter is already 57 years old and he’s telling his story of what happened to him when he was 17. His life changed when he started spending time with Jamie Sullivan, when they were 17. Landon was considered a bad boy and other parents assumed he’s plain trouble. His father was a congressman and was rarely home to be with his family.

On the other hand, Jamie Sullivan is the daughter of Beaufort’s Baptist minister. That’s where they all lived – Beaufort, North Carolina. She’s not fashionable and she always carries her Bible wherever she goes. So it’s certainly obvious that she and Landon have not much in common. That’s what Landon thought.

Incidentally, Landon did not have a date to Beaufort High’s homecoming dance. Most of the girls already had dates or he didn’t fancy going with the less attractive ones. In the end, it was either go to the dance alone and clean up puke in the toilet or go with Jamie Sullivan and risk being teased by his friends. She did smile at him in class, so maybe she might agree to go with him. Finally, he asked her and surprisingly, she accepted. On one condition, that is, he must not fall in love with her. He agreed. Anything is better than cleaning up puke.

Landon found her to be a very kind and understanding person who always looked on the bright side of things, no matter how horrible they are. However, after the dance, he did not feel like spending any more time with her. That time, he still had feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Angela.

But then later, Jamie asked him to join the Christmas play. Initially, he didn’t want to join but after some pitiful remarks from Jamie, he finally gave in. So, they rehearsed the play and then, it’s show time. Without warning, Landon fell in love with Jamie when she appeared looking amazingly beautiful.

All in all, it’s a nice story with a wonderful plot. Incredibly sad, though. Also, I found out what the title ‘A Walk to Remember’ refers to. It’s the kind of book where one may want to change to become a better person after reading it. And if you like books where the guy changes himself for the girl, then this is the book for you.

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  1. i cried reading nicholas spark’s message in the bottle.
    passed the book to my sis, and she cried too.
    so did my friend.

  2. I really enjoyed this book. I made the mistake, though, of watching the movie first. I really wish I hadn’t. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the movie, but the leads from the film kept sneaking into my subconscious as I read.

  3. Hi Lulu,

    I haven’t read that book yet though I’ve watched the movie. Wow, the book must be really sad if it got all 3 of you crying!

  4. Hi Dev, I watched the movie first too! But for me, I’d prefer to watch the movie before reading the book. That way, I won’t be disappointed if not everything in the book appears in the movie.

    Haha! I get what you mean. It’s quite difficult to picture Mandy Moore as innocent Jamie Sullivan from the book.

  5. Hi, Josette!
    I never knew the story started in a book, but I do saw the movie with the same title starring Mandy Moore. It was a good movie and I bought a VCD copy of it for my collection.
    I think the book is more detailed into the story :)

  6. Hi Dodong, at first, I did not know that the movie was based on a book too! Only found out about it later. Hey, I bought the VCD too! It’s one of those rare teen movies which are actually good.

  7. So, we’re the same. I don’t usually patronized teen-based movies but opt to watch that movie after watching the trailer. Found it out to be good so I got a VCD copy in 2003. I might as well buy a DVD version of it when I come across. Might as well buy the book for me to read. I’ll try to surf Amazon sometime later…
    Thanx for the prompt reply :)

  8. Ah..having the VCD version is enough already! Might as well save the money for the next movie. And yeah, the book is recommended. Happy surfing!

  9. I know I saw the movie but I can’t remember it much – but this made it sound like my kind of story. Will surely look it up, thanks

  10. Hi Jewelle,

    Well, I think the book is better than the movie. In the movie, Jamie isn’t as saintly as she is in the book. They probably wanted to spice things up – for the movie.

  11. I see. So I guess the book must be an interesting read more than the movie as an interesting collectible. Will try to find it from local bookstores here in Manila…

  12. I’m sure you can find it easily. Sparks’ books are pretty popular, due to his stories being so heartwarming and all.

  13. I think I’m the only one who hasn’t read Sparks yet! Something about him turns me away but I haven’t given him a fair chance yet. I’ve decided to in the very near future, I’ll let you know what I think.

  14. Erin: Don’t worry! This was my first Sparks book too. Haha! Maybe one day if you’re feeling adventurous, then you could give his book(s) a try. Have fun reading!

  15. I don’t normally do this but I did the reverse for “A Walk to Remember”. I watched the movie first and then I read the book. I was weeping and moping my face by the time it’s over. The book had me crying buckets too. It’s just too sad. But he’s a great writer.

  16. Alice: Haha! It’s funny how we can cry so much over a sad book or movie. I watched the movie first, too.

    Actually, I prefer to watch a movie before reading the book based on it. Like Harry Potter, for example. When the first movie came out, I was quite upset that it didn’t follow the book thoroughly. Later only did I realize that it’s impossible for the movie to follow the book closely. If it were to follow everything in the book, then it’s going to be a very loooonnnnnngggggg show!

    This is the only Nicholas Sparks book that I’ve read. Oh, I’ve watched the movie ‘Message In A Bottle’ too. So, I know at least 2 of Sparks’ stories. =D

  17. I watched the movie but didn’t get to read the book. I wonder if reading it will make me cry as well ;)

    As for the case of movies not following the book, you’re right with it. It’s impossible to follow what was written in the book through and through otherwise it will make the movie very very long. An example of a movie that I watched where I read the book ahead of it is the “Da Vinci Code”

  18. dodong flores: It depends on your mood when you read the book, I guess. If you’re feeling sentimental when you’re reading it, then you’ll probably cry! That’s just my theory… :D

    Oh, The Da Vinci Code movie was quite boring for me and my friend actually fell asleep during the movie! I preferred the book.

  19. Hi, Josette. I agree with you. I prefer the book. But then, at that time, I was wondering how it is to be seen in motion picture a best-seller story…

  20. this book rocks baby

  21. i really lovee..a walk to remember..!! every time that I read the book or T watch the movie I cry!! lol…!! nicholas sparks…it’s great!!!…I havent read message in the bottle yet..but im sure that is as great as the other novel he wrote…!!

  22. yankeeman1209: Haha! I’m sure it does.

    MDM: =) It is a very touching story, no doubt about it. I haven’t read Message in a Bottle yet…will need to add that book to my reading list!

  23. i once watched the movie repeatedly,it really affected my heart a lot,i haven’t read the book but i believe i’l understand it even much better.

  24. rose: I like to watch the movie over and over again too, don’t think I’ll get bored of it. Oh you can read the book if you want to even though it’s quite different from the movie!


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