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A Walk To Remember School & Library Binding – Sep 1 2000

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  • School & Library Binding: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Back Books; Turtleback School & Library ed. edition (Sept. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613281292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613281294
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.4 x 18.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 1,151 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #725,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By Mys M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm somewhat surprised to realize that this is the first book by Nicholas Sparks that I've ever read. I'm not sure why. I saw movies based on two of his books (The Notebook and Message in a Bottle) and loved them, but I've never actually read one of his books until now.

A Walk to Remember is a great one to start with if you're in the same boat as me. While this is a light romance with very much a Christian/coming of age theme, it's a real page turner. It's a reminiscence. The narrator is almost 60 and about to enter the new millennium, and he's looking back tenderly to the best year of his life, a time when he's entering his senior year and trying to figure out where he's going and what he's got to offer. His father, a wealthy congressman, would like him to go to Harvard but Landon Carter, 17 years old, isn't even certain he has the grades and resumé to get him into University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNCCH).

As Landon tells his story, he is that teenager again, a bit smartass, a bit scared, and a bit confused. His father thinks he should be student body president and once Landon sees the competition, he thinks he might be able to do it. When his buddy gets the athletic side of the students and their girlfriends to vote for him, he's a shoe-in. A typical teenager, Landon thinks he'll take drama — no tests, a real "blow-off" class. His enthusiasm increases dramatically when he realizes the class is 90% female.

Landon tells us right up front that no-one could be more surprised than he himself that he would fall in love with Jamie Sullivan. Jamie was a sweet girl — helped everyone, rescued animals, visited the orphans — but she just wasn't with it.
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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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"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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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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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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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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