Book Review – A Walk To Remember

Romantic works that touches the heart are worth reading. They make you look at your own relationships (or relationships to be). Nicholas Sparks is the best popular romantic writer out there. He has been rather prolific in the last few years in writing various books including, “The Last Song”, “Dear John”, “Nights at Rodanthe”, etc. Two of my favorite works of his are: “The Notebook” and “A Walk To Remember”. These books are well-written and have translated well into the movie screen. They are truly inspirational and memorable.

If you enjoyed reading “The Notebook”, you should enjoy reading “A Walk To Remember”. Normally, I read the book first before watching the film. But, I did not do that with this book. Initially, I thought (and, even assumed) that the film would go down the familiar path of most teen-age dramas but that was not the case. The film took the high road and made the characters likable and the story sweet. Also, it was good to see the transformation of both characters to the better especially the character of Landon Carter. He was able to upgrade his life to the better because of the unlikely relationship with the minister’s daughter.

Not everyone likes romantic works or books. If that is the case, then this book is not for you. It is difficult to imagine that there is someone (e.g. a reader) out there who does not have a romantic bone in their body.

There is something about stories where transformation takes place especially when it is to the better. Stories such as “The Christmas Carol” and “A Walk To Remember” have transformations that make the characters better people. Any relationship especially with your spouse or significant other will make your life better or worse. In this story, it makes them better. There is a synergy and energy that encapsulates the reader to reflect on their own lives. Do they want to become better because of a new found love or rediscovered love? Do they want to make the other person’s life better? Those questions occurred to me upon reading and even watching the movie,” A Walk to Remember”.

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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