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Landon Carter falls in love with the town's Baptist minster Jamie, who teaches him about loving and forgiving other's. Landon Carter remember the time when he was 17 year old high school senior and marrying to the girl that taught him about love and forgiveness. He lived in Beaufort, North Carolina a small and religious town. He was one of the richest person in his town because of his father, who he calls him Mr. Congressman. He praises his father for being a brilliant politician but a lousy father. His father pressures him to run for student body president and he wins. As per to school rules he is required to attend the school dance with a date, but none of the girls he knows are available. So he reluctantly asked Jamie Sullivan. Jamie Sullivan is the daughter of Hegbert Sullivan, the town's Baptist minister. She always wears the same outfit and considers to be the social outcast of her school because she carries the bible with her wherever she goes. When Landon asks her for the date, Jamie promises him that he cannot fall in love with her, which Landon believes to be a joke because how can someone like him falls for a girl like her. The dance turns out to be a pleasant evening and Landon enjoys
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After the dance, Jamie asks Landon to participate in the school's play The Christmas Angel. The Christmas Angel is The Christmas Carol but Hegbert changed the script to have Angel's instead of ghosts. At first Landon is not thrilled at first but reluctantly agrees to the production. During the production and his daily walks home with Jamie he gets to know her. One of the things he learns more about Jamie, such as how she is collecting money to go to the local orphanage. However, so far she only collected $55, but Landon promises her that he can ask a few more people to ask some more money for the orphanage. He succeeded in getting over $202 for the orphanage and they both go there to meet the children.

While at the orphanage Jamie tells Landon that she dreamed of getting married in a church full of people and have her father walk down the aisle. Landon believes that it is a strange dream but accepts it and enjoys his time with her. Opening night of The Christmas Angel he sees Jamie for the first time in full make up in Angel gear and that is when he realizes that he fell in love with Jamie. The next day he goes and ask Jamie out for New Years Eve. Her father first forbids it but reluctantly agrees to it. They have a wonderful date and Jamie goes visits his family on New Years Day.

A few weeks later Landon tells Jamie that he is in love with her and Jamie tries to deny it but says that she cannot love him because she is dying of leukemia. Landon is in shock but still press that he still is in love with Jamie. The following Sunday Hegbert informs the town that his daughter is dying and that she will be in the hospital. Jamie tells Landon that she wants to be at home. So Landon goes to his father and begs him to bring the hospital equipment to Hegbert's household. His father does and starts mending the gap between father and son. Then Landon sprints into action by having Jamie's dream to come true, walking down the aisle with her father, getting married to church full of people.

They exchanged vows and were married on that day. Jamie dies soon after but Landon still holds on to the ring and still is in love with Jamie after 56 years. He thanks her for everything.
Best part of story, including ending: I loved how this story touched me with the idea of forgiving and loving. I loved how it struck the core that love can last forever.

Best scene in story: The time when Landon sees Jamie dressed in The Christmas Angel's costume for the first time, it is here in the moment Landon finally sees what he was missing in his heart and finally sees Jamie's beauty from the inside out.

Opinion about the main character: I liked Landon's growth of being a teenager that is confused and could not forgive. Though with love and patience he learns how to forgive and grows.

The review of this Book prepared by Erin Okamoto a Level 2 American Robin scholar

Landon Carter is a somewhat popular boy at his high school in Beaufort, North Carolina. He has no date for the dance because he just broke up with his girlfriend, and is forced to ask Jamie Sullivan, a somewhat nerdy girl who is very religious and is not known to have any prior experience with guys. This event starts a sequence of these two seeing each other and getting together for a number of different things. Jamie tells Landon not to fall in love with her and he thinks he will have no problem with that. He finds out soon how difficult this decision will be for him. One day , Jamie and Landon were on a walk and he told her that he loved her. But Jamie has been living with lukemia for years and is going to die. This news devastated Landon and scares him. He spends as much time with her as he can and they both fall in love with each other. In the beginning to middle of the book, Jamie tells Landon that she wants to be married before she dies. Landon suprises her by proposing to her and she accepts. She insists on walking down the isle at the wedding. Jamie dies and in the end of the book Landon is still very much in love with her.
The review of this Book prepared by Ashley

In this book an 18 year old Jamie is lonely and shy. She is overlooked by everyone. 18 year old Landon is popular and handsome. When Landon has to decide to take Chemistry or Drama, he signs up for Drama. He ends up with the leading role in the spring play. And oddly enough, Jamie ends up with the female leading role. When seeing her on the stage, Landon realizes he's fallen head over heels for her. When they fall in love, Jamie reveals that she has cancer. Landon, being in love with her realizes he only has one choice, but to ask for her hand in marrige.
The review of this Book prepared by Barbara Ott

In A WALK TO REMEMBER Sparks draws the reader in the town of Beaufort, NC to tell his story of young, but true love. An interesting sequence of events cause the popular Landon Carter to ask the misunderstood unpopular Jamie Sullivan to the Homecomming Dance which leads them into a suprising romance. Thier love continues to grow as they struggle with their own feelings, and the reality of disease. This book is wonderfully written and extremely emotional, it is a quintessential snapshot of what true love should be. It makes me cry each time I read it and it makes me yearn for a love this true and great!
The review of this Book prepared by KELLEN

A Walk to Remember is one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books. The two main characters, Jamie and Landon fit the cliche' of opposites attract. Landon has to overcome his fear of hanging out with the "outcast", and then has to deal with his feelings once he realizes he has them. Then, Sparks adds a completely unexpected (at least I didn't see it coming) twist. What will they do? Their love survives what a lot of long-time marriages can't! This book keeps you interested until the very end. I read this book in two days! I couldn't put it down!
The review of this Book prepared by Kara

It's a story about true love that was very unlikely to happen. She's poor and very religious, she doesn't care what anyone thinks, she's unpopular with the kids at school, but popular with the grownups in the community. He's popular with just about everyone, and he's rich. They end up falling in love, and then he finds out that she has cancer and ends up marrying her.
The review of this Book prepared by Jennifer Bristol

Landon Carter is a popular kid in school, Jamie Sullivan is a sensitive outcast who was raised by a southern baptist reverend, and against all odds they fall in love and fight to let their love overcome all, including Jamie's ongoing battle with leukemia. This book will leave you in tears and wanting more. Even though there will not be a sequel, I have the pleasure of knowing that I atleast had the opportunity to read this one. It's everything that love should be and I wish I had that in my life.
The review of this Book prepared by Kristin

One of the Main Characters named Landon becomes in love with his ministers Daughter and starts going out with her not knowig that she has Cancer. He falls in love with her as the time she has left progresses he helps her to be more comfortable, as he is fighting with his own emotional problems over the whole situation. He eventually exhausts his self as he tries to make the last month they have together last, but, he makes one more push to find out what more he can give to her.
The review of this Book prepared by Nina

This book was absolutley amazing. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a story of how strong teen love can truly be and the love conquers all. Landon and Jamie come from different backgrounds and had nothing to do with each other until an incident where Landon needed a date. From getting to know each other in new ways, Landon learns what life is really about. It is only when Jamie becomes very weak and ill that Landon learns miracles can happen.
The review of this Book prepared by Colleen

A guy falls in love with a girl known as a dork. They are happy but he knows something is being hidden. In the end she dies of Leukemia while he stays by her side the whole time.

The review of this Book prepared by Jessica

Yet another great book by Sparks. If you want to cry, read this book. If you read this book and don't cry, go buy a heart! This is a close second to "The Notebook". An incredible love story like no other. Sparks brings you into the lives of Landon & Jamie and has you routing them on with every turn of the page. If you are a Nicolas Sparks fan, or are looking to become one, this is a great book to start with.
The review of this Book prepared by Darcey

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   disabled/ugly If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   student Age/status:    -   a teen Unusual characteristics?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a teen Profession/status:    -   student Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin    -   Very shy


United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

What % of story is romance related?    -   nearly 100% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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