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A Walk To Remember [School & Library Binding]

Nicholas Sparks
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Sept. 1 2000
In the prologue to his latest novel, Nicholas Sparks makes the rather presumptuous pledge "first you will smile, and then you will cry," but sure enough, he delivers the goods. With his calculated ability to throw your heart around like a yo-yo (try out his earlier Message in the Bottle or The Notebook if you really want to stick it to yourself), Sparks pulls us back to the perfect innocence of a first love.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 intown: 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.Like John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, Sparks maintains a delicate and rarely seen balance of humor and sentiment. While the plot may not be the most original, this boy-makes-good tearjerker will certainly reel in the fans. Look for a movie starring beautiful people or, better yet, snuggle under the covers with your tissues nearby and let your inner sap run wild. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien
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In the prologue to his latest novel, Nicholas Sparks makes the rather presumptuous pledge "first you will smile, and then you will cry," but sure enough, he delivers the goods. With his calculated ability to throw your heart around like a yo-yo (try out his earlier Message in the Bottle or The Notebook if you really want to stick it to yourself), Sparks pulls us back to the perfect innocence of a first love.

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.

Like John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, Sparks maintains a delicate and rarely seen balance of humor and sentiment. While the plot may not be the most original, this boy-makes-good tearjerker will certainly reel in the fans. Look for a movie starring beautiful people or, better yet, snuggle under the covers with your tissues nearby and let your inner sap run wild. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Sure to wring yet more tears from willing readers' eyes, the latest novel by the bestselling Sparks is a forced coming-of-age story concerning a pair of unlikely young lovers. In a corny flashback device that mimics The Notebook, 57-year-old Landon Carter spirits himself back to his fateful senior year in high school in Beaufort, N.C., when he was an archetypal troublemaking teenager of the 1950s, changed forever by an unexpected first love. Jamie Sullivan, the Bible-toting minister's daughter, with her drab brown sweaters, spinster hairstyle and sincere, beatific advice, is the obvious target of high school ridicule. Despite conspiring in Jamie's derision, class president Landon, desperate for a date for the homecoming dance, finds himself asking Jamie. Afterwards, Jamie asks him to participate with her in the metaphor-laden school Christmas play (Jamie plays the angel). Landon endures the taunting of his friends and forms an uneasy friendship with Jamie, which is carefully supervised by her father. The teens visit needy orphans, give Oscar-worthy performances in the school play and share dreams watching the sunset. Landon realizes he's in love with Jamie, but, of course, she is hiding a devastating secret that could wring her from Landon's arms forever. Now tortured by his knowledge of what will be her terrible fate, he must make the ultimate decision that catapults him into adulthood. Readers may be frustrated with the invariable formula that Sparks seems to regurgitate with regularity. Although the narrator declares, "My story can't be summed up in two or three sentences; it can't be packaged into something neat and simple that people would immediately understand," this is the author's most simple, formulaic, and blatantly melodramatic package to date. Agent, Theresa Park, Sanford Greenburger Associates. Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild main selections; 20-city author tour; movie rights optioned by Denise DiNovi at Warner Bros.. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wine and Coffee Nov. 11 2006
Format:Hardcover
There are two sorts of novels: Those you need tons of coffee for in order to get through and those you need wine for. A nice glas of red wine, a stormy autumn evening, raindrops on your window - and Nicholas Sparks. His story inspires you; it inspires you to change the course of your entire life. Indeed, the story is predictable, everything is clear from the very beginning, in cause you did not realize when starting reading that Jamie and Landon are up to something you must be a complete moron. Notwithstanding the fact that the protagonists are falling in love with each other it is rather HOW they do so which is of importance.

In the prologue it is said that the story makes you both smile and cry - there is no doubt about that. But in the end it is not joy - it is sadness that overwhelms the reader.

Sadness that the story is over.

Some of Mr Spark''s novels are a disaster: this one is not and it should be recommended to everyone. Certainly one may consider it being lowbrow literature, pulp fiction, fiction for the masses - who the hell cares? It is just a good read! And maybe even more than that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ BOOK!!! Oct. 2 2003
By ST
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"A Walk to Remember" tells a story of a 40 year old man looking back on his senior year of high school as well as his first true LOVE! Nicholas Sparks plays with your emotions and makes you want to keep on reading. There were many moments in the book where I didn't want to put the book down. I wanted to keep on reading until I found out what was going to happen next. This was somewhat of a simple book, but Nicholas Sparks has an interesting way of writing. I don't really like reading, but I enjoyed reading this novel. It took me into another world. A world that was much different from mine and a world that I could definitely learn from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First it will make you smile, then cry June 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I LOVE this book! I admit I only read it after seeing the movie, but i am sooo glad i did! it is the BEST book I have ever read! I am only 15 years old and have read it at least 30 times since i was 13. I have actually read most of Nicholas Sparks' books, but this one really stood out and touched me. I sit there and SOB for literally 30 minutes after i finish reading it. Jamie and Landon are both believable characters which made me fall in love with this book. This novel proves how fate has a way of working out. Landon was always mean to Jamie, but they ended up together. I suggest a big box of tissues when reading this because of all of his books, it is the saddest because Jamie is such a sweet character and was a good person. I just hope other people will read this and realize how absolutely wonderful this book is. I never thought i'd smile and cry so much from a book! You will LOVE "A walk to remember" so read it, you won't regret it! And if you're too lazy, rent the movie, which isn't quite the same or as sad, but still the point of the story gets out there. It's good for people my age to realize how lucky they have it and how not to judge other people because you never know what they could be dealing with at home or in their personal life. READ THIS BOOK!! ;) I'd give it 100 stars, but this only goes up to 5!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching! Feb. 11 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's one of those books you can read again. This is my first nicholas sparks book and I loved it. Easy read. Well written. Great story. You feel the story. Some may cry. Amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Oct. 19 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Landon Carter is now 57 years old and he is telling his love story from when he was a senior in high school. He still remembers the events of something that he thought was just a friendship as if it was yesterday.

Jamie Sullivan was a minister's daughter, who wore boring brown sweaters every day, always tied her hair up in a bun, and always had her Bible with her. She is the girl that you would think of when you would imagine the person who gets made fun of in high school. She had never been on a date in her life, and Landon was one of the more popular boys in his high school.

Landon didn't have a date for homecoming, so he decided that he would ask Jamie because she was too sweet to say no and wouldn't have a date yet. When he asked, she said "promise me that you won't fall in love with me."

After a horrible night at homecoming, Jamie asked Landon to play the male lead in an upcoming Christmas play that was performed every year, and was a very big deal in the town. Landon didn't really want to, but Jamie talked him into it because she was playing the lead female and her father had written the play -- and Jamie wanted the play to be very special. After about two months of constant rehearsals, the play was performed and the town knew that this had been the best year ever. And Landon had to admit that it went well, and that he was falling in love with dorky Jamie. But there is a secret that Jamie was hiding from Landon. What could it possibly be? And why did she tell Landon not to fall in love with her?

This is another powerful love story from an author that makes you believe in love. Read this amazing novel to find out the secrets of Landon and Jamie.

Reviewed by: Taylor Rector
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3.0 out of 5 stars A charming little love story June 20 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A WALK TO REMEMBER by author Nicholas Sparks stands alone when compared to the 2001 movie starring pop sensation Mandy Moore and ruggedly handsome Shane West, who grace this bestseller's cover. The book and movie are drastically different from each other.
A WALK... takes place in 1958. Landon Carter is a typical teen - shallow like his friends, yet meaning well all the same. He seems to fear the impending responsibilities adulthood will give him - he's responsibility-phobic, you could say. This fear of responsibility is the main reason he ends up stuck where he doesn't want to be, the school play. There, he better gets to know Jamie Sullivan, the epitome of a perfect little goody-two shoes.
Landon lives in a small, sleepy town where not much happens in terms of excitement and fun - crime rate is low. Still, all throughout the town, mostly everyone is church-going. And everyone knows that Jamie Sullivan is the minister's daughter. She fits her part of their religious two-member family - her mother died when she was young and her father has remained a single man ever since. Jamie totes a Bible wherever she goes, helps at the nearest orphanage, heals hurt animals, and takes care of her father. She lives a life none of her other classmates seem to live - or understand. Yet Jamie seems content and oblivious to their scorn, nonetheless.
Still, my question: Does any human being like that exist? Did they ever? Biblical times, perhaps.
Jamie's lifestyle makes her totally different from Landon and his gang. Though he has only dated 2 girls, he does suspect he loved one of them. And never in a million years did he expect Jamie Sullivan to be his third girlfriend. Somehow, she's opening his eyes and his heart, helping him to see the world for what it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great short read! Loved the story and the characters.
Published 2 months ago by C. Carcone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
Published 2 months ago by Pauline Hill
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Book in good shape and the delevry was in time, just like described. Really good book for anyone who likes real love story.
Published 4 months ago by Marie-Christina Laroche
5.0 out of 5 stars Great !!!
This is my favourite book ever !!! I saw the movie like 10 times, and I decided to read the book ! Even though I knew everything by heart, I still enjoyed the book. Great stuff !!!
Published 7 months ago by Cristina Burcus
4.0 out of 5 stars this made me cry
this book made me cry but i loved it... loved it all the way...and its so hard to write a review of something that moved you... what can i say...
Published 9 months ago by Samreen Ahsan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
What's to say about Nicolas Sparks' book??? Always a good story, a beautiful writing. This story is very good and util the end your hoping for the best. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sylvie
4.0 out of 5 stars Different from the movie
As most books are, it is quite different from the movie. I won't reveal any spoilers in my review but in my opinion, the movie was a little bit better in terms of what Landon does... Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2011 by Ying Liu
5.0 out of 5 stars better than the movie
i loved this book so much i was not able to put this story down, i never wanted to see it end. Don't get me wrong the movie is pretty great as well but i thought the book brought... Read more
Published on May 18 2009 by Amanda B
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
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Published on July 19 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars A highly predictable book
This is the first book I read by Nicholas Spark, after hearing many good reviews, and many translation of his work to movie screen. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by T. W. M. Philip
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