A Walk to Remember Author:Nicholas Sparks There was a time when the world was sweeter... when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and men donned hats... — Every April, when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High. Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he'd been in love. Certainly the ... more »last person he thought he'd fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town's Baptist minister... Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart -- and the joy and pain of living.« less
This is a quick, easy read. It's a very sweet story about friendship and love - didn't make me cry, but I enjoyed it. I won't compare it to the movie since I found that the book and the movie really didn't seem to be very similar at all (in my opinion).
Straight up romance / coming-of-age story about first love and loss. Could easily be classified as YA.
Sparks telegraphs the conclusion pretty early on, and it can't come as much of a surprise to any reader when the Big Challenge looms between the young sweethearts. There's a nice fillip at the end which is left satisfyingly vague -- each reader will have to decide exactly what is being said.