Title: A Walk To Remember
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Warning: Spoilers (and I spill the ending).
So it’s Friday, and that means it’s time for my fourth 2011 weekly post. This week, I’m reviewing A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. This book is about a seventeen-year-old high-school senior named Landon Carter. The book is set in the 1950’s in small-town Beaufort, North Carolina. The book opens with fifty-seven-year Landon remembering his senior-year. The majority of the story is about his last year of high-school.
Landon is taking drama class at school because he figures it’s an easy A. The drama teacher Miss. Garber comes in and starts talking about the annual school play, The Christmas Angel. The play is written by the town’s Baptist minister Hegbert, and his daughter, seventeen-year-old Jamie Sullivan, is chosen to play the angel. This announcement is unsurprising to everyone.
On the advice of his father, a Congressman, Landon runs for student body president, and he wins. Then the school announces its homecoming dance, and the rule is all students in the student government have to attend. Landon tries to get a date, with no success, and his mom says she’ll be happy to go with him if he still needs a date. Landon doesn’t want to go dateless, but he also doesn’t want to take his mom. So, in desperation, he calls up Jamie Sullivan and invites her to the dance. He’s hesitant about doing this, but what other choice does he have? Jamie agrees to go to the dance with Landon, but on the condition that he won’t fall in love with her. Landon assures Jamie that’s not an issue.
Hegbert allows Jamie to go to homecoming, to Landon’s surprise, so he picks Jamie up at her house. Compared to all the other girls at the dance, Jamie is underdressed. Jamie isn’t one to care about appearance, so she always wears her honey-blonde hair in a bun, and she wears a brown cardigan and skirt. For homecoming, Jamie wears a blue skirt and a white blouse.
After homecoming, Jamie calls Landon out of the blue, and asks him to participate in A Christmas Angel. As reluctant as he is, Landon agrees. He’s cast as Tom Thorton, and after the first rehearsal Jamie walks Landon home. This later becomes a routine; each day after rehersal, Landon walks Jamie home, thus the title.
The night of the play, Landon says his line to Jamie, “You’re beautiful,” and he realises he actually means it. Jamie and Landon give each other Christmas gifts; Jamie gives Landon her deceased mom’s Bible, and he gives her a new brown sweater. Landon invites Jamie to his house for Christmas, and on New Year’s Eve, they go out to dinner.
A few weeks after New Year’s Eve, Landon says that despite his promise, he’s in love with Jamie. Jamie says he can’t be, and when Landon demands a reason why it’s revealed that Jamie is dying.
Jamie tells Landon she has leukemia and the doctors have given her a year or less. That following Sunday, Hegbert announces it to the church, and on Monday Jamie does not return to school; she’s too weak to return. Though she’s dying, she refuses to stay at the hospital; she says she wants to die at home. Since there’s nothing that can be done for her, the doctors respect her wishes. Landon still wants to do something big for Jamie, so he marries her.
After the wedding chapter, the book flashes back to the present, where at fifty-seven, Landon is still wearing his ring. It’s not specified whether or not Jamie lives; the reader has to make this decision for themselves.
This book was easy to read, and I did cry at parts. If asked what I think happened to Jamie, I would have to say she dies. It’s hard to say, and it’s a sad ending to a wonderful book, and even though the ending is the reader’s choice the title kinda influences the belief that Jamie dies.
I hope you liked this review and my next review will be written on February 18th.