03 November 2012

Review: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Published: October 1999

Pages: 207 (paperback)

Genre/s: Romance, Chick-Lit

Source: Own Library

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he'd fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's Baptist minister. A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter's life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood...

My Thoughts

I enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks - he can write a tender, intense story, and it's hard not to fall a little bit in love with the characters, even if they are flawed.

A Walk to Remember is one of those rare books that I've seen the movie of before I've read the book. I try and avoid this as much as possible as usually I love the book far more than the movie, and I'd rather be let down by a movie than by a book. Unfortunately, for me, the movie was better than the book, because I didn't really like either Jamie nor Landon in the book. It's hard to put my finger exactly on why, but I think it's because I found them both a little infuriating in their perfectness.

And that frustration spilled over into their relationship - I actually didn't really believe their love for each other, and it was more like Landon was intrigued by a girl that was so different to the other girls that he knew, rather than being head-over-heels in love with Jamie.

It's a sweet, touching story to be sure, but I felt a little detached reading it - and perhaps in a way, the movie ruined the book for me because I wanted to feel part of the story, like I did when watching the movie.

This won't turn me off reading Nicholas Sparks because I do enjoy his books, but it's yet another reason why I won't watch the movie adaptation of a book before actually reading the book itself. 


  1. Hmm totally get it. I really like his books too, because you feel completely involved with the story. Haven't read this one yet and haven't seen the movie :p might make it better!

    1. I can definitely recommend the movie if you want a tear-jerker!

  2. I've only read one Nicolas Sparks book - The Choice, because it had a sheltie on the cover lol

    But I did enjoy it. I don't like when people fall in love just because the person is different than other people they've known. It sort of feels like a novelty, not a romance.

    1. I don't think I've read The Choice, but I know I have it - in fact I think I have most of his books.

      For the most part, I enjoy his characterisation, just not with this one :(

  3. Well, I watched the movie version of this book before reading it.
    I have to say that I LOVED the movie. But I LOVED the book, too.
    I even cried in the end. I LOVE Nicholas Sparks' books. They are very touching, but realistic. I have read almost 5 of them.
    I am really glad that you enjoyed the movie, but I think that the book is really good too.
    LOVED your review, nonetheless, Kat!
    Your constant reader,

    1. I do like Nicholas Sparks' books :) they are great rainy day reads too!

  4. I haven't read the book but the movie made me cry. Braine

  5. I haven't read this book but i really loved the movie. I bawled like a baby. Good to know that that is the way to go with this one, I won't read the book now because I don't want my view of the sweet romance to be ruined. Who would thunk Mandy freaking Moore could be that good!

    1. I remember watching it and thinking 'Mandy Moore, really?!', but the movie was far better than the book *sob*



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