Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Rating: out of 5
Themes: Faith, Family, Love, Courage
Sweet, good-natured, and faith-driven Jamie Sullivan is not the most popular girl in her high school. She is one to help orphans, pray for those in need, and assist others in any way that she can.
Landon Carter, on the other hand, is content with his group of popular friends and just chill. His main concern is the image he portrays to his fellow peers. However, when he is roped in to playing a bigger role in the yearly Christmas play, he begins to realize that there may be more to Jamie than meets the eye.
Where do I begin? Perhaps in stating that this is my third reading of A Walk to Remember. I first fell in love with this story when I saw the movie version. I know they are not the same, and the book is better, but I didn’t know it at the time. After at least a dozen times of watching the movie, I decided to give the book a try. This was before finding a love of my own. Now it speaks to my heart even more, and I love it more with each read.
The characters are likable; I would even say lovable. Jamie is a sweetheart and her endless faith is inspiring. Even though some characters in the book thought of as ‘weird’ due to endless sweaters, tight-knit bun, and bible-carrying ways, everyone knew that she is special. She is forgiving, kind, and always gives back. If anyone can crack Landon Carter, it would be Jamie, and she did just that.
Being in the perspective of Landon Carter, as he remembers the time he spent with Jamie, he is probably the character with the most development. He went from a pretty self-centered teenager (like many) to someone who learned what true love really means. It was beautifully done, and I loved seeing about the change he went through.
Sparks has done an amazing job in constructing a story that brings in a variety emotions. Happiness, sadness, hopefulness, and appreciation are just some of the emotions I felt while reading. I smiled, laughed, and became choked up. When an author can do that in any book, then you know you have a memorable read.
What more can I say? It is such an amazing book and one that I will be reading for years to come.