“Now that I can sit down and write a full-fledged review, I will. Let me start out with a simple statement: I saw the movie first. And let me tell you, they are different. Now I am not exactly here to do a comparison, but a reason for my rating revolves around that fact. There were three lines in the movie that I absolutely love. They make the movie. 0/3 were in the book. I was quite disappointed. It is still the same basic plot, but I am talking about basic, down to the bone. The book takes place in 1952, which was a pretty important to one part of the plot, but when they made the movie take place in 2002, the year it was made, the time period really did not need to be 1950s.
Anyway, I highly enjoyed this short novel. It made me laugh, cry, and smile uncontrollably. Nicholas Sparks has a talent for capturing romance and that I enjoyed. I won't give you a synopsis of the novel since you can find that anywhere. It also made me want to keep reading so that I stayed up until 5 am to finish. Yes! 5 am. It isn't like that from the get-go, but it is after a certain point.
I love the message this story gives and the background behind it. It is loosely based on Sparks's sister's experience.
Now the two main characters are totally different, but I love them both. I did know the story coming into reading the book and watching the movie so I might have felt different if I didn't know the story (or truly the twist) when watching the movie, but I don't think so.
Landon Carter is the one who tells the story. He is 57 years old and is telling of the time his life changed when he was 17 years old. 17 year old Landon is popular and heavily influenced by his friends, like many people are in general. He and his family are not liked by the town minister Hegbert Sullivan.
Jamie Sullivan is the minister's daughter. She never knew her mom, since her mother died in childbirth. She has a strong faith and takes joy in life, claiming that everything that happens was in the "Lord's plan." She is the girl that sometimes can be annoying because she tries to be nice to everybody and has that oblivious part of her. Truly though, she catches on to things and is not as oblivious as everyone thinks. She can be funny at times and charming as well.
Overall, the characters were consistent. At first I thought I was finding loopholes in the way Landon acted, but it was the contrast between the influence of his friends and Jamie.
Overall, when I was finished, my mind was blown. I don't know why, but I just started crying. The book and movie both made me cry out of sadness and happiness. I was confused and in a haze whether I liked the book or not and whether it was going to be a favorite. I loved my reaction and the emotion it evoked from me.
I rated it four stars because of my minor disappointment about the movie lines. They seemed like they would be pretty important and key lines in the novel. Also, Sparks's fluidity was poor in his writing sometimes. At certain points in the novel, he would change the subject quite rapidly and jaggedly. It almost seemed if it should be the end of the chapter. His foreshadowing was a bit too much as well. He would say things like, "I wouldn't know until later" way too often.
Overall I loved the story. It was about taking a leap of faith for love, being the best person you can be, never taking people, love, or life for granted, giving people a chance you never thought you would, and people bringing out the best in you.
It was lovely!”
Kat wrote this review Monday, July 30, 2012.