When I was young (this makes me sound old doesn’t it..), I mean when I was about 16-years old, this book was made into a movie and they played it on tv all the time. Every time they played it, we watched. I love that movie.
I bought the book three years ago, but never got around to reading it. Maybe I was a bit scared that it would clash with my memory of the movie.
The book IS different from what I remember. It takes place in the 50’s, where I think the movie is more modern.. I’m not a 100% sure, I’ll just have to watch it again. 😉
Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.
Yes, it’s corny and to be honest, there were time when I rolled my eyes at the way things were written but I also really liked this book. I’m glad that I read it.
Landon is one of the more popular guys. He starts out indifferent and stuck in his group of friends. He’s one of the guys who makes fun of Jamie. But then he gets to know her and finds out that she’s just like everyone else. She has dreams and hopes of her own. She’s her own person.
She also brings out the best in him and everyone else around her. She’s a truly good person. (That’s a good thing of course but it can be very annoying to. Like Landon says at one point; “She makes you feel guilty” and I agree, if she was a real person and I met her, I think she would make me uncomfortable.)
Of course, like all Sparks’s books, disaster soon follows happiness. Their love can’t last.
Even though I knew what was coming, even though I thought I was prepared, I cried when the plot twist came and I continued crying until after I had finished the book.
I guess it’s the way the characters are written. They are so well played out. You know it’s going to end badly, but you end up hoping that you’re wrong.
This book is quite short and it’s a fast read, which was why I decided to read it in the first place.
The way it made me feel, reminded me of how I felt when reading The Fault in our Stars, but this is a bit more grown-up I think. They talk a lot about religion and God, which was okay with me. I’m not a religious person but I could still connect with what was being said.
Also this quote:
“Love is always patient and kind.
It is never jealous.
Love is never boastful or conceited.
It is never rude or selfish.
It does not take offence and is not resentful.
Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins,
but delights in the truth.
It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope,
and to endure whatever comes.”
It’s beautiful. They use it in the movie too and I always remembered it.
Every once in a while, I look for it, just to read it out loud again.
I guess I’ll just have to write/print it out.