A Walk To Remember- Nicholas Sparks

Since this weeks Random Movie was A Walk to Remember, I decided the next book I would read would be Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember.
The book is Sparks second book, about a young teenage boy who is quite taken with a female classmate, the schools “oddball”, who happens to be very ill.  When compared to his later books you can see how his writing has evolved. While the book is amazingly written, his use of language is simple, concise and to the point. His later novels make use of literary agents such as metaphors, similes, and other descriptive tools, but Walk to Remember is more direct, making it a very simple and easy read.
Do not be deceived, however. The simplicity of the book in no way subtracts from the amount of emotion that Sparks infuses with each word. While the movie left me with some rather cynical questions, Sparks is able to adress these questions through his written word.
While there are many differences between the movie and the novel, such as the father-son relationship and the setting (the book is set in 1950, the movie in 1990) and the plot of the play (which is the catalyst for the leads being thrown together), both are able to invoke many emotions in the reader.
4.5/5 stars.


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