Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Walk to Remember [Book Talk]

Last week I shared with you my review of Redesigning Rose by Lydia Laceby.  Go check it out now if you haven't already.

This week I'm back to the land of Nicholas Sparks and sharing my thoughts on A Walk to Remember.

Here's what Good Reads had to say about the book.
There was a time when the world was sweeter...when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats...when something happened to a seventeen-year-old boy that would change his life forever. Every April, when the wind blows in 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. No other author today touches our emotions more deeply than Nicholas Sparks.
Illuminating both the strength and the gossamer fragility of our deepest emotions, his two New York Times bestsellers, The Notebook andMessage in a Bottle, have established him as the leading author of today's most cherished love stories. Now, in A Walk to Remember, he tells a truly unforgettable story, one that glimmers with all of his magic, holding us spellbound-and reminding us that in life each of us may find one great love, the kind that changes everything...

Try as I might to read books before I see them as movies this one didn't work out that way.  I've watched the movie many times since it came out in 2002 {When I was 12, now I feel old!} and I only just now got around to reading the book.  That being said, I definitely think falling in love with the movie has swayed my thoughts of the book.  As in, I love the movie rather than the book. {Side note: I own the movie on both VHS and DVD. That seems crazy to me.}

I still enjoyed the book but to me the movie is much easier to relate to since they adapted the story to occur at any time.  I would definitely recommend the book to anyone looking for a good read.  Despite my deep love for the movie version I did give the book 4/5 stars, I really liked it.

Hopefully I finish Gone Girl before next week otherwise I'm going to need to take a break from the book talk posts.  I've heard more than one person has struggled to get into this book but sticking it out is worth it.

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