Flashback Monday: A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks


Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister. A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter’s life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood…

I think this book is the first book I ever read with a male POV.

Other things I remember are my Aunt bought me this book from the Mall of America and that I ugly cried through the last chapter like a big ole baby, even at 12 I was an emotional wreck over books, but I’d like to think I’m in tune with my emotions.

(Side note: I also made my brother take me to see the movie with him and the girl he liked at the time, it might have been their first date. I totally crashed, but I really wanted to see the movie! Sorry not sorry, bro 😉)

But back to the book…

I really liked this story! It’s so sweet and endearing.

I loved reading about Landon’s growth and his relationship with Jamie and how it morphed and changed. And ultimately how it changed him, made him want to be better and do better.

He loves her so much and it was amazing to see how someone you may not have even looked at twice can impact your life in such a huge, profound way.

Jamie is such a wonderful character. She knows at such a young age who she is and what she believes. Life has not dealt her the best cards but she can still find so much joy in her life.

While this story does not have the happiest of endings, it still managed to make me feel peace and hope, after the ugly crying that is.

Truly a beautiful book and it will always be a book I go back to read time and again!

Have you ever read A Walk To Remember? What are your go to books? Let know all about them!

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