A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

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16 Critic Reviews

A Walk to Remember truly is a beautiful book. It's a touching feel-good book with a bittersweet ending ...I'm sure it's not the kind of book which will appeal to everyone, but I would wholly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
-Guardian

Synopsis

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....
 

About Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California when he was eight. In 1984, he received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Notre Dame. Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and spent 56 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list followed by another 54 weeks on the paperback list. Sparks has had a string of New York Times bestsellers including: A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight, Dear John, The Last Song, Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Safe Haven became his eighth film adaptation. Sparks is involved in many local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
 
Published May 24, 2000 by Grand Central Publishing. 215 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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All: 16 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 4

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by New York Girl on Mar 21 2013

A Walk to Remember truly is a beautiful book. It's a touching feel-good book with a bittersweet ending ...I'm sure it's not the kind of book which will appeal to everyone, but I would wholly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Oct 04 1999

Readers may be frustrated with the invariable formula that Sparks seems to regurgitate with regularity...this is the author's most simple, formulaic, and blatantly melodramatic package to date.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Yumin Ye on Dec 30 2009

In Nicholas Sparks' novel A Walk to Remember, a love story so moving it will bring you to tears tells the tale of two teenagers who couldn't be more different, but learn to become more than just friends.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Eda Kalkay on Jan 24 2011

Their story is unforgettable and as you wipe your tears away, you come to an unbelievable end --- the sort of story that only Nicholas Sparks can tell.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Clarissa Cruz on Oct 15 1999

With its cliche-riddled prose and plot twists that can be predicted after skimming the prologue, Nicholas Sparks’ latest, A Walk To Remember, reads more like the script for a bad after-school special than anything approaching literature.

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All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Blythe Barnhill on Jan 06 2014

On the off chance that a well-meaning soul tries to interest you in this book, politely decline. Then tell yourself how lucky you are to know where to find a "real" romance.

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Deanna Larson on Oct 01 1999

Sparks is a modern master of fateful love stories and road-not-taken fables written in uncluttered prose. A Walk to Remember is perfect autumn fiction, when thoughts turn to changes and life's journeys, both mapped and unmapped.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Eda Kalkay on Jan 24 2011

Their story is unforgettable and as you wipe your tears away, you come to an unbelievable end --- the sort of story that only Nicholas Sparks can tell.

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People

Below average
on Nov 29 1999

Of course it wouldn't be Sparks without a hefty dose of tragedy, and the author does melodrama with flair. Still, the story feels so manipulative, it's hard to muster up many tears.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie S. on Jan 06 2014

A Walk to Remember is a book that you will not want to put down until you’ve reached the last page, because Sparks draws the reader in with emotions, descriptions, love, and death.

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Pascasio JR Felisilda on Dec 08 2010

Love changes everything. Loyalty is the bond that makes their lover enduring and endearing. These two qualities make the book a good and worthwhile one to read. It made this book a hidden treasure to dig up and read every now and then.

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Reviewed by Wyvern Souled on Mar 16 2008

The theme of this book is growing up, and believing in love. I think the writer’s message is that you need to spend a lot of time with someone to be able to know them better. And true love never dies.

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Reading Between Pages

Excellent
Reviewed by Kavyen on Apr 20 2011

I enjoyed the book so much that I read it through every single hour I was awake and managed to complete it with just two sittings. The story transported me to a different world and kept me engrossed through every passing page.

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Mrs. Jensen's Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by fluteninja503 on May 01 2012

Ultimately, this book was so sweet and I would read over and over if I had the time. It snatched my heart and changed it... maybe it will do the same for you.

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The Bursting Bookshelf

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Reviewed by Anna on Mar 26 2011

I finished this book in a public place and had to fight back my tears. Altogether, this book made a beautiful stand alone novel and it just came together wonderfully.

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ZenArt Reviews

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Reviewed by Zen A. on Nov 14 2011

There aren’t many books that make me cry, I can count them on the fingers of one hand, but A Walk to Remember was definitely one of them. Even if you hadn’t watched the movie, I would most definitely recommend this book to you.

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