Title: A Walk To Remember
Author: Nicolas Sparks
Publisher: Warner Books
Release: October 1, 1999
In 1958 Landon Carter is a shallow but well-meaning teenager who spends most of his time hanging out with his friends and trying hard to ignore the impending responsibilities of adulthood. Then Landon gets roped into acting the lead in the Christmas play opposite the most renowned goody two-shoes in town: Jamie Sullivan. Against his best intentions and the taunts of his buddies, Landon finds himself falling for Jamie and learning some central lessons in life.
I read this book simply for the Nicolas Sparks Challenge that I signed up for. It looked interesting and I thought that after I could rent the movie and see how close they stuck to the book. I had also heard a lot of good things about this book and the movie, but I have this thing against seeing the movie before I've read the book. I really enjoyed this book because of the characters. I feel like they really fit into the setting like none other. I loved how Jamie didn't even care that she was teased, she was still nice to everyone and never did anything bad. And I especially loved reading about Landon's growth throughout the book and how he discovered who he really is. The writing and story in this book also flowed really well and always kept moving, though the beginning was slow to start and it got faster. Even though the rest was really good, the best part was the end. I finished this book in a public place and had to fight back my tears. Altogether, this book made a beautiful stand alone novel and it just came together wonderfully. Out of five, I give it a 4.5, simply because the beginning was a little too slow.