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Summary:

Landon Carter (17) is in his final year in high school. In this, his senior year, Landon is reacquainted with Jamie Sullivan, a childhood friend. Embarrassed to go to the homecoming dance alone, he asks Jamie to go with him. Landon is instantly intrigued by and drawn to Jamie’s faith, optimism, and idyllic pursuits. Their connection is strengthened as they volunteer at the local orphanage together and perform in the Christmas play. Ultimately, they fall in love; however, Landon begins to notice that something isn’t right. It turns out that Jamie has a big secret; one that could change their lives forever. Feeling helpless, Landon must figure out what role he has to play in this shocking turn of events.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
I enjoyed this novel immensely. I was hooked from the beginning to the end with the warmth and humility of the characters and brilliant storytelling. Throughout A Walk to Remember, the author subtly reminds the audience how precious life is and how it should never be taken for granted. It was inspiring, to say the least. Additionally, I liked that this novel left the ending entirely up to the reader’s imagination. This is definitely a book that I will read again and again.

I recommend this novel to readers in high school. The main character, Landon, exhibits the importance of standing up for what you believe in and of not giving in to peer pressure. This is a message that everyone needs to hear, especially through the often daunting years of high school. A Walk to Remember is a moving and delightful story that leaves readers captivated. This is a not to be missed novel.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Sure, it's a romance, but it is also a great story about friendship, change, acceptance, and self-discovery. Oh! And inspiration, too.

Content Awareness Factors:

None were noted by this reviewer.


Type of Book:
This YA romance novel blends themes of friendship, change, love, loss, and coming of age.
Educational Themes:

This is a book for leisure reading. Yes, it is a romance novel, but there are deeper elements to the story that can spark discussion. Not just about the characters and comparisons with one's own high school experience, but also other books in the genre. How would A Walk to Remember stack up against The Fault In Our Stars, for example?

Reading Level:
5.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
16 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer’s Age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. A moving inspirational story that you'll return to on days you need a lift.

Title A Walk to Remember
Author Nicholas Sparks
Publisher Grand Central Publishing © 2012
ISBN 9781538764695
Material Paperback
Cost $15.99
Genres Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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