A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember

Book - 1999
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A high school rebel and a minister's daughter find strength in each other in this star-crossed tale of "young but everlasting love" ( Chicago Sun-Times ).

There was a time when the world was sweeter....when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats.... Every April, when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High. Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he'd been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he'd fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town's Baptist minister....Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart-and the joy and pain of living. The inspiration for this novel came from Nicholas Sparks's sister: her life and her courage. From the internationally bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, comes his most moving story yet....
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780446525534
Branch Call Number: FIC Spark 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xi, 240 p


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Aug 31, 2019

Nicholas Sparks tells a perfect, timeless story, with his characters, Landon and Jamie make a perfect unlikely couple. Definitely recommend this book to everyone, it will make you laugh and cry, loved it so much.

Feb 17, 2019

This simple novel about 2 teenagers is my favorite of all Nicholas Sparks’ books. It contains an innocence and heart that surpasses his more well known novels.

Nov 05, 2018

I thought this was cute. I liked the story a lot. The main issue I had was what made Landon fall in love with Jamie. She wore her hair down and he thought she was pretty, therefore he is now in love with her after thinking she was annoying their entire lives. I thought the movie changed the parts that were weak and made it a much stronger story and a much more believable plot. Even though the movie was really sappy, it had truth to it that I think the book was lacking. I recognize that books and movies are different, and I would still recommend this book. It is still a really cute love story.

Jul 17, 2018

The best book I have ever read so far. Written in simple English, and no unnecessary descriptions, which many love-story books do have. However, those who read the book, may not like the movie very much.

Jun 17, 2018

I truly enjoyed the book. I love reading a large, vocabulary packed novel-but I can find just as much joy with a short and sweet love story, as this one is. I would say that if you're into action or "bad boys meets good girl", this book isn't quite for you. But on the contrary, I feel that if you like sad, but not too sad, then this IS a good fit. Very inspirational, and Jamie shows the love of God very well. Good book to read, and nothing to feel guilty about.

Feb 16, 2018


Jul 29, 2016

A fine book. I have to be in the mood to read love stories, and it worked for me. Not the greatest book, but was kept up generally well. I usually like fiction and coming of age. If you like love stories, or coming of age (Or Nicholas Sparks) then you should read this book. Otherwise, I don't think this book is for you.

Feb 15, 2015

I started this book determined not to like it having seen the movie. It's better, of course. I didn't think it was the greatest love story ever. I think it would be a good vacation read. Light, easy to follow and not crazy long. I'd never read a Nicholas Sparks book before and I'm not dying to pick up another but seeing as it's February it was a nice little love story.

Aug 02, 2014

Easy read, but nowhere near as good as the movie and could have captured the reader more.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Be prepared for tears -- lots of tears! In fact, we are warned of this in the prologue. This is a beautiful love story narrated to the reader firsthand through the main character's recollection of events. Landon Carter recounts his senior year of high school in 1958, Beaufort, North Carolina. He tells of life in this small, Southern coastal town and thoughtfully describes the people and their habits. He also shares information about his family life and friends. He carefully set up the year where at 17, he very unexpectedly discovers love with the daughter of the town's Baptist church, Jamie Sullivan. In all respects, it is an unlikely pairing, and it isn't immediate. Despite having known each other all their lives, it is only during their final year at Beaufort High that they discover profound love. A tragic complication arises challenging their lifelong happiness. At the conclusion, Landon Carter, now 57, celebrates the joy of having loved Jamie, and is grateful for his special journey with her, realizing that he is the man he is today because of her. This is a very short book and readers will move through it quickly, but it delivers a poignant message in an extraordinary way."

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Jun 17, 2018

"It all made perfect sense, and at the same time, nothing seemed to make any sense at all."

Jul 04, 2015

Love is never rude or selfish

busyinbillspants Jun 06, 2012

“It was, I remembered thinking, the most difficult walk anyone ever had to make. In every way, a walk to remember.”

busyinbillspants Jun 06, 2012

“You have to promise you won't fall in love with me.”

busyinbillspants Jun 06, 2012

“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.”

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Jun 17, 2018

KyraJR thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Feb 16, 2018

nastyaloots thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

Jan 03, 2014

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Jun 17, 2018

Landon Carter lived a typically normal life...before he met Jamie. Being a high schooler with little expected of you, it can be easy to fall into the routine of everyday life. When Jamie Sullivan begins to rock his world, he has to choose between reputation and simplicity, or love and serving others-and the decision may be more difficult than you'd think. Join Landon and Jamie as you see their stories unfold, and learn that there is more under the surface of the preacher's daughter.

Jul 01, 2016

A girl has a disease. A boy falls in love

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 06, 2012

this book talks about a bad boy who has an attitude but suddenly falls in luv with a girl..who loves him dearly...turns out tht she will not live long.............


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