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Friday, 8 May 2015


Book: A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Series: N/A
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 1st 2004

Rating: 3 stars

I've noticed something with Nicholas Sparks’ novels.  While all the movies I’ve seen have been extremely passionate and romantic, the books are not. While really well-written, there was no passion like I'd seen in the movies. And considering the amount of movies this guy’s novels have been in, you’d think there’d be more. I found more passion and chemistry between characters in my VA series and the Lux series.  Just a warning for any girl wanting to read his books: don’t expect something as passionately written like the movies are. I guess some things are better for the big screen.

This is the love story between Landon and Jamie: one’s a minister’s daughter who is never seen without a bible in her arms and a brown cardigan around her shoulders, constantly wanting to do good for others. The other is a young man who cares too much what people think and is just trying to find his purpose in life.

When these two first start interacting, it’s because Landon needed a date for the dance and Jamie was the only girl left without a date. But then they become the two leads in the annual school play. Coincidence? You decide.

But as Landon begins to spend more time with Jamie, he begins to realise that while Jamie does act differently than other girls her age, she still has hopes and dreams like everyone else. While everyone else spent their weekends just goofing with their friends, Jamie is more likely to be at the orphanage or raising money for charities. While Landon at first does try to avoid being seen in public with her for fear of being judged by his friends, he can’t help but eventually fall in love with her.

And then we learn the truth about Jamie: she’s sick, and has only a few months left to live. Landon spends the remainder of the book feeling completely helpless while Jamie gets weaker and weaker, before the inevitable happens.

I’m not going to say this is a bad book. I would definitely advise reading it, because despite the lack of passion, it’s still really well-written, and the characters are very developed and likeable.

I just felt like the book was a little plot-less. After the two fall in love, the book mainly talks about them being together and reading the Bible. I just feel that the movie gives a lot more feels that the book does.

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