The truth is we will meet the person that will change our lives in God’s time.
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…
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. (The truth, the movie made me cry. Even if I want to control it, the tears just falling down on my face). This story is of course about love, loss, grief and change. But while you read it, you also get this breeze of a wind that blows your face and says: it’s ok, this has to happen, but it’s gonna be alright. Anyway, as with every love story, this one too reaches a peak beyond which you just know that something bad is gonna happen. It’s the feeling you get when you know there is a price to pay. It is at that point that Nicholas Sparks has really penetrated your defences and leaves you reading in a very vulnerable state because you just don’t want nothing bad to happen to these characters. When he serves you with the tragic facts that have been kept hidden halfway through, he does so in a way that is acceptable. As I said, that wind in your face really does its job in telling you: yes, you and the characters have to go through this to come out stronger. The greatest thing I liked about this book is the profound messages of the story beyond what are 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. I was also touched at how simply a very kind person could turn the people oppositely to what they were. There is even presence of the true effects of love, which it leads the in love human to think either sane or insane. And the story, in a way, emphasizes how humans should give attention, importance and deeper understanding on the things that surround them not until it’s too late. And the best of all is how faith can bring out the miracle to the surface out of the deepest pit. Nicholas Sparks draws the reader in with emotions, descriptions, love, and death. For those who enjoy novels that touch your heart and make you think about real life, A Walk to Remember is perfect for you.
The book is an easy read. It’s not like you won’t be able to put it down because at times you may find yourself putting the book down to reflect on what you have read. This is a book to remember.
I dont think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.
5 out of 5 stars