A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks is set in the time era of the late 1900s in a small, religious town in North Carolina. The book starts off with a prologue from a 57-year-old man named Landon Carter, who looks back on his life, specifically as a 17-year-old high school senior. He tells the readers that he was once a naive, stubborn boy who thought that the biggest problem in his life was his father, a congressman he didn’t see often. Because of this, their relationship was rocky and loose. So, in order to salvage their relationship, Landon decides to follow his father’s advice and run for class president. With the help of his popular friend, Eric Hunter, Landon wins and, as a requirement, has to attend the school dance with a date. When all the girls he asks tell him that they’re not available, he is forced to ask Jamie Sullivan, the religious, eccentric daughter of the church minister. Because of his popularity, he is embarrassed when he takes her to the dance, but, soon, realizes that she was the best date he could have taken. The night of the school dance sets off a chain of events that draw Landon and Jamie closer and closer as friends. However, Landon soon realizes that his feelings for
her run deeper.
Nicholas Sparks writes this book in a solemn way that makes the reader feel the emotions that the characters are going through. He also makes the reader guess what is happening some of the times, which adds an appealing, mysterious aspect to the book. Because of the topic of death that is discussed in the book many times, I would recommend this book to people
above the age of 13. I would strongly suggest that teenagers read this book, because it teaches valuable life lessons that most people can’t articulate in a couple of sentences. On a scale of 1-5, I would rate this book a 4.5.
Book Review by Alekhya Marapaka