Book title: A Walk to Remember
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Genre: Drama, Romance
The second book of 2019 is a reread! I haven’t read this book in a really long time. I forgot how short it was, it took me about an hour and a half to get through.
I still love it as much as I remember. Yes, it’s different than the movie, and I watched the movie first, many years ago but the book is great.
All in all, it’s quite interesting to both read the book and see the movie and then compare. “A walk to remember” is definitely one of the better love stories I’ve ever read/seen.
I’ll be honest I’m not a huge fan of romantic books but this book was different in some way with a beautiful message and I get it. I expected a by the numbers, cliché, love story. And it was in a way, but the characters were great and so the journey was sad.
You know where this is headed from the very beginning in a way, but it still surprises you at points.
Landon is a popular, rich guy who makes a habit of discreetly picking on Jamie, the priest’s daughter who does not know how to match her clothes, does not wear any cosmetics and spends time helping wounded animals, hanging around with her lonely father, praying for her community and donating money to the orphanage.
Only when Landon is left with no choice but to ask Jamie to prom, do they start slowly getting dangerously close. They embark on the most beautiful, short journey which is about to end before it even started when Jamie announces her sickness to Landon.
In contrast with the movie, the novel is narrated by Landon. Getting inside Landon’s head is the most practical narrative technique given his obliviousness to Jamie’s dying, which holds readers’ interest.
In that way, the mystery called Jamie is gradually unfolded before our eyes and when she lets the cat out of the bag all her quirkiness and peculiarities are decoded.
Let’s zoom in to how beautifully fleshed out the characters were;
Landon is a character who matures a lot throughout the novel. I admit that his consenting to others’ patronizing treatment of Jamie, his not wanting to be seen with her and his having a sudden outburst when the reasons for his befriending her are elucidated aggravated me. Nevertheless, his emotional heartache which led him to change and scarred him for life compensated for the hideousness of his prejudices against Jamie at the beginning of the story.
Jamie was an unconventionally beautiful heroine who had a heavy cross to bear. However, she insisted on looking on the bright side because of her faith, the only thing she had left.
The greatest thing I liked about this book is the profound messages of the story beyond what is written, though some are already given. I liked how faith works at Jamie, that even though everything has been taken from her, she dignifies how her faith still remains. Jamie and Landon create a miracle. Landon lacks faith in himself, in the wonder of life and in God. Jamie has the faith that Landon lacks.
I admit that there were many times the book led me on the verge of tears. For I reckon that this book, no matter how cold-hearted I am, is no wonder a heart-moving one.
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