A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks or the book I should have never picked up

Genre: religious romance. ⭐️Stars from Goodreads: 4.16. ⭐️Stars from me: 3.

Of course, I should have never picked up this book. The cover alone should have been enough to let me know that this is not the type of book I would enjoy because I don’t like romantic stories. Surprisingly, I ended up disliking the book for other reasons.

What is the book about?

It’s another teenager tragic love story. I suppose, those have been around even before Shakespeare times.

What’s good about the book?

The writing

The writing is absolutely fine. The style is great and perfectly conveys the voice of a teenager. I could easily imagine this boy.

The setting

North Carolina little town in 1958 sounds like my Montenegro in modern days.

People waved from their cars whenever they saw someone on the street whether they knew him or not…

Yes, this sounds like home.

… and the air smelled of pine, salt, and sea, a scent unique to the Carolinas.

Not unique, after all. That’s what Montenegro smells like.

The first two thirds of the story

This part is dynamic and easy to follow. It’s interesting even though it is based on a cliché: a selfish rich kid with father’s issues, minister’s angelic daughter who takes care of orphans. Oh my god they are so different, we will never guess what will happen between them!

What went wrong?

Even though there was the minister’s angelic daughter I was completely unprepared to the Bible becoming a character too.

When “the Lord’s plan” became a centre point of the plot, and the characters started communicating via Bible verses, I felt like an intruder to a party I had never been invited to or planned to visit.

Final thoughts

A Walk to Remember is not a badly written book. It’s easy to read and it’s entertaining. It’s a cute love story that can make you laugh and cry. There’s also lots of Bible in it. This book is definitely not my cup of tea, but maybe it is yours.

 

2 thoughts on “A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks or the book I should have never picked up

  1. hahahaha your review cracked me up. I’ve never read this book, but I’ve seen the movie a million times; it came out when I was in high school or early college, and I remember watching it with all my dorm girlfriends at, like, 2am after coming back from frat parties, eating pizza, and then crying our eyes out because the story is just so. freaking. SAD. UGH!!!

    I hate stories with unbearably tragic endings, so I have avoided Nicholas Sparks (and John Green) like the plague. I, however, didn’t know about the intense Bibleness of this book (they toned it down for the movie), and that also further discourages me from ever trying to read this novel! Thanks for the warning. 😉

    However, a big UN-thank you for getting the movie’s theme song by Mandy Moore stuck in my head because of this review!!! LOL.

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