The Review on “A walk to remember”
“A walk to remember”, written by Nicholas Sparks in 1999 and later directed by Adam Shankman, tells a truly wonderful love story that will touch any reader’s heart like it did mine. After watching the film version of the novel, I decided to find the book and as soon as I had started reading it, I couldn’t put it down until I’d reached the last page.
A 57 year old Landon Carter, the main character of the story, narrates the novel reflecting on events that happened 40 years ago. The novel opens with a Prologue, in which the older Landon, living in the same town of Beaufort, North Carolina as he did at the age of 17, takes the reader to that time. So, the story begins in 1958 and is both joyful and sad.
“A Walk to remember” tells a tragic yet spiritual story of young but true love that was very unlikely to happen. Landon is a Congressman’s son and popular with just about everyone, Jamie is a daughter of a poor Baptist, a very religious, bookish girl who doesn’t care what anyone thinks. So, one day popular but rebellious Landon is threatened with expulsion from the High school. His punishment is mandatory participation in various after-school activities, such as the drama club, where he is forced to interact with quiet, bookish Jamie, a girl he has known for many years but to whom he has rarely ever spoken. Their differing social statures leave them worlds apart. At first Landon is only using Jamie for her help with the play, and treats her coldly when his other friends are around. But as he spends more and more time with her, he is surprised to find Jamie is far from the person he thought she was and falls in love with her. As the story unfolds, their love continues to grow while overcoming people’s prejudices and struggle with their own feelings. What we don’t learn until the end is that Jamie is afflicted by terminal leukemia and has stopped fighting with the disease. What they have is their love and belief in miracles. In...