November 1, 2013

Book Review: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

If you've been following me for a length of time you'll know that I love reading for fun. For me, getting lost in a story is one of the best ways to let go and forget about all the stress and worries in my life. It's so therapeutic. But this year, reading a book just because has not been at the top of my to-do list. Ever since January I've been go-go-go, and it's hard to start a book not knowing if you'll ever have time to finish it. But a couple weekends ago I'd had enough, and I decided to just start a book and hope for the best. In total, it took me about four and a half hours to read A Walk to Remember, and I can say it was definitely worth it.

I'm a sucker for Nicholas Sparks, and this book is the perfect example as to why. He has a way with love stories. There's something about the way he organizes words that'll make you feel so heavily involved with the actions you're reading. I already knew the basic plot of A Walk to Remember before reading, so I was interested to see how invested I would get. Y'all, I bawled. I have never cried so much over a book in my entire life - not even Harry Potter. Literally, my whole face was wet with tears. I was sobbing. I was thinking if I didn't finish it over the weekend maybe I would take it to class in case I had some spare time. Thank God I didn't because I would have embarrassed myself.

Very briefly, the story is about a boy, Landon, who meets this quiet and nerdy girl, Jamie. She's the preacher's daughter, so God plays a heavy role in the story. And, well, I don't want to spoil it in case someone has no idea what the book is about, but basically something tragic happens, and you cry. You cry a lot.

I think what I love most about this story is how innocently simple it is. Does that make sense? It's just very pure. It was refreshing to read, and it has forced me try and see things in a different light - a more positive light. I'd recommend it to anyone, especially if you're looking for a quick read and a good cry. Just don't read it in public because you'll embarrass yourself, and make sure you have tissues ready, especially when you get hit chapter 12. It's, like, 35 pages long, and you cry through every. single. page.

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