A Walk to Remember (1999) by Nicholas Sparks
First, I fall in love with Mandy Moore in the movie; then, with this book. I read this novel for the third times already. I love the characters, simple storyline – and the personality of Jamie Sullivan. Landon Carter, bad-boy-turned-sentimental, retelling the story of how he fall for Jamie, the shy-mysterious-lovely girl, “This is my story; I promise to leave nothing out. First you will smile, and then you will cry – don’t say you haven’t been warned.”
Smile, I do. Cry? Not so, but feel the grief and the frustration that every character felt, especially Landon. I put myself in Landon’s shoe (well, as bad-boy I was, maybe is?), how I slowly getting to know Jamie up close – her struggles, her sweetness, her shyness when with people and her fun-side when she’s with kids, her secret.
My favourite part:
“’Do you love me?' I asked her. She smiled. 'Yes.' 'Do you want me to be happy?' as I asked her this I felt my heart beginning to race. 'Of course I do.' 'Will you do something for me then?' She looked away, sadness crossing her features. 'I don't know if I can anymore.' she said. 'But if you could, would you?' I cannot adequately describe the intensity of what I was feeling at that moment. Love, anger, sadness, hope, and fear, whirling together sharpened by the nervousness I was feeling. Jamie looked at me curiously and my breaths became shallower. Suddenly I knew that I'd never felt as strongly for another person as I did at that moment. As I returned her gaze, this simple realization made me wish for the millionth time that I could make all this go away. Had it been possible, I would have traded my life for hers. I wanted to tell her my thoughts, but the sound of her voice suddenly silenced the emotions inside me.
'Yes' she finally said, her voice weak yet somehow still full of promise. 'I would.' Finally getting control of myself I kissed her again, then brought my hand to her face, gently running my fingers over her cheek. I marvelled at the softness of her skin, the gentleness I saw in her eyes. Even now she was perfect. My throat began to tighten again, but as I said, I knew what I had to do. Since I had to accept that it was not within my power to cure her, what I wanted to do was give her something that she'd wanted. It was what my heart had been telling me to do all along. Jamie, I understood then, had already given me the answer I'd been searching for, the answer my heart needed to find. She'd told me outside Mr. Jenkins office, the night we'd asked him about doing the play.
I smiled softly, and she returned my affection with a slight squeeze of my hand, as if trusting me in what I was about to do. Encouraged, I leaned closer and took a deep breath. When I exhaled, these were the words that flowed with my breath. 'Will you marry me?”
This is a classic love story, the best of Nicholas Spark in my opinion. Read the novel, watch the movie… You’ll fall in love again…
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.