Nicholas Sparks

"A Walk to Remember"

List

  • Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding (1990), Nicholas Sparks and Biily Mills
  • The Notebook (October 1996)
  • Message in a Bottle (April 1998)
  • A Walk to Remember (October 1999)
  • The Rescue (September 2000)
  • A Bend in the Road (September 2001)
  • Nights in Rodanthe (September 2002)
  • The Guardian (April 2003)
  • The Wedding (September 2003)
  • Three Weeks with My Brother (April 2004)
  • True Believer (April 2005)
  • At First Sight (October 2005)
  • Dear John (October 2006)
  • The Choice (September 2007)
  • The Lucky One (September 2008
  • The Last Song (September 2009)
  • Safe Heaven (September 2010)
  • The Best of Me (October 2011)
  • The Longest Ride (September 2013)
  • See Me (October 2015)

A Walk to Remember

It was written in October 1999 and it was adapted in the film of the same name.

The novel is written in first-person, and its narrator is a seventeen-year-old boy, living in the 1950s.

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Plot summary

The story starts when Landon Carter is 57 and he tells his story when he was a 17-years-old high school senior and he met Jamie Sullivan.

Characters:

  • Landon Carter is a son of a rich family, the narrator of the novel.
  • Jamie Sullivan is the daughter of the Beaufort church minister Hegbert Sullivan. She is very religious, sweet, and kind.
  • Hegbert Sullivan is Jamie's father. He is the Beaufort church minister. His wife died shortly after giving birth to Jamie. He is very old with "translucent skin"; he is often crabby but his daughter describes him as having "a good sense of humor". He wrote the local play, The Christmas Angel but he maintains a strong dislike for Mr. Carter due to his father's choices.
  • Mrs. Carter is the mother of Landon Carter. "She [is] a nice lady, sweet and gentle."
  • Mr. Carter is the father of Landon Carter. He is a congressman in North Carolina and is gone nine months out of the year because he lives in Washington D.C..

Jamie asks Landon to participate in the school's production of The Christmas Angel.
Landon knows that if his friends learn about his role in the play, he will be teased relentlessly and he keeps secret his friendship with Jamie.

He continues to learn about all the organizations Jamie helps and in particular an orphanage. One day she confesses him her biggest wish...

On New Year's Jamie and Landon go to dinner, where they share their first dance. A couple of weeks later, Landon tells Jamie that he is in love with her. To his surprise, Jamie replies by insisting that he cannot be. In response, Landon demands an explanation and Jamie reveals that...

A Walk To Remember - Jamie's Sick

Jamie refuses to stay at the hospital, because she wants to die at home. In turn, Landon's father helps to provide Jamie the best equipment and doctors so she can spend the rest of her life at home.

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"It was...the most difficult walk anyone ever had to make. In every way, A WALK TO REMEMBER"

A Walk To Remember - Best Moments | By Ghassen SL |
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The novel was inspired by Sparks' sister, Danielle Sparks Lewis, who later died of cancer in June 2000. Although the story is largely fictional, certain parts were based on real experiences.

The Sunday New York Post holds that it "never fails to be interesting, touching, at times riveting...a book you won't soon forget. A remarkable love story that, like its predecessors, will touch the hearts of readers everywhere".
New York Daily News compliments Sparks, commenting that he "has written a sweet tale of young but everlasting love, and though he's told us to expect both joy and sadness, the tears will still come".