by Nicholas Sparks
“I held her close to me with my eyes closed, wondering if anything in my life had ever been this perfect and knowing at the same time that it hadn’t. I was in love, and the feeling was even more wonderful than I ever imagined it could be.”
A favorite novel. And the culprit for all beautifully heartbreaking stories out there. 😂 Nicholas Sparks trademark: he’ll make you fall in love with the story and then crush your heart in the process and make you love still him as an author. Oh, and then you’ll come back for more.
I love all his novels. ❤
This was one of the very first novels that I fell in love with. I remember that I used to sneak inside my brother’s room and read it before he got home. Shhh! Yes, I should have borrowed it instead (although it wasn’t his, either hahaha; long story), but high school days were awkward days as they usually were.
A Walk to Remember created a name for itself. I always compare contemporary stories with it, in terms of how much pain should I expect from reading a certain book. You have to be prepared, mentally speaking. And if you would be needing a box of tissues while reading the story. And how many.
Everybody knows this story, right? It’s a beautiful novel of how two different people collided and fell in love. But there’s more to it. Yes, yes, a very heartbreaking twist. But ever the optimist and given the open ending for your own interpretation, a part of me believes that she lived. 😊
This book in five random words…
Why I think you should read this book…
It’s one of a kind. And for me, it remains to be the most beautifully heartbreaking story out there. A close second for me is… Dear John.
There’s so much to the story than just the love story. The characters, setting, and everything else, they all helped create this beautiful masterpiece.
What I love about this book…
Jamie and Landon. Two unlikely people. One unforgettable love story.
I love how they met. How they fell in love. How they tried not to. How they couldn’t help it. How love changed them. How it made them grow.
The entire feel of the story.
It will always be my favorite, unconditionally.
The movie. I also love the movie for bringing to life one of my favorite novels and doing justice to it.
Favorite quotes from the book…
“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”
“Without suffering, there’d be no compassion.”
“You have to promise you won’t fall in love with me.”
“I don’t think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.”
“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”
“I know the Lord has a plan for us all, but sometimes, I just don’t understand what the message can be.”
“Knowing there’s one thing I still haven’t told you: I now believe, by the way, that miracles can happen. ”
“It was, I remembered thinking, the most difficult walk anyone ever had to make. In every way, a walk to remember.”
Every April, when the wind blows 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…