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