How I Read It: Print
Dates Read: 5/28/19-5/29/19
Well, well, well. Welcome to another author series! Nicholas Sparks is one of those authors that has always had a special place in my heart. Not only am I an overly emotional white girl, but my mom was also one, too. She absolutely loved Nicholas Sparks (to the point where I am pretty sure I watched this movie and The Notebook more times that I could count with her), and I absolutely loved being able to share in this author with her. My best friend since high school is also completely obsessed (also an emotional white girl, not sure if she would be okay with the “overly” adverb), and since a lot is going on in her life, I figure this could be the ultimate gift. So…. uh, here ya go Shelby. Looking at the list of books he has already written, I am pretty sure that I (at the time of writing this post) have read all of his books sans 2. Welp, the next 3 weeks are going to change that. So buckle up, get your tissues ready, and let’s get the emotional trainwreck going.
We are starting off these 3 weeks with my absolute favorite. I love the overall story, that a girl who is not especially noticed is “discovered” (oof…. that word choice is rough, but let’s continue) by a boy who loves her so steadfastly that he gives everything he is and more. That probably says a lot about me, and while I often use ya’ll as a soundboard for my emotional turmoil in my brain (which FYI, probably will be a lot these next few weeks. Should I mention overly emotional again?), I don’t think I really need to spell this one out for you anymore than I already have. With that being said, I remember that I first read this book when I was going through a rough patch in my faith. Without going into specifics, I wasn’t feeling the connections that I had before, but this book just hit home for me. Rereading it now, I had highlighted certain passages, and the most important one that I could have highlighted were the last 3 words of the novel: miracles can happen. So yep, I am here crying like a baby, so let’s get into the synopsis.
This story follows Landon (Side note: Sparks literally named his kid Landon. Like *mind blown*) Carter, a high school senior who is the son of a Congressman and is too cool for school. He is friends with a lot of the athletes, specifically Eric, and cares about his appearance among his peers. And then there is Jaime Sullivan, the daughter of the preacher, who truly cares about being kind and interested in everyone she meets. Landon chooses to take Drama thinking it will be an easy A, but soon finds himself as the lead in the Christmas play. He soon gets sucked into spending more and more time with Jaime, but there are secrets and lies that soon play a role in how their love story ends. The best description comes from the last sentence of the prologue: First you will smile, and then you will cry– don’t say you haven’t been warned. Don’t mind me aggressively fanning my eyes so I can finish off this post.
Quick side note: this is one of the shortest (or possibly the shortest) of his books to date. In my book (which is a pocket-sized old school mass market paperback) there are only 240 pages, and the unabridged audiobook is only 4 hours. If you are looking for a quick read while also bawling your eyes out, this is the one for you.
Firstly, Shane West, call me. If you don’t think that Shane West is incredibly attractive, I’m disappointed. Compared to the book, I don’t think that I would have ever casted him, but I also think that given the creative freedom this movie has, I think he was an incredible choice for this part.
Unlike the book, this movie was set in the early 2000s, and Landon is much more popular and “bad boy”. Mandy Moore’s rendition of Jaime was extremely accurate to the book, though the religious aspects of the book are minimized for the big screen. They changed quite a bit for the movie, but surprisingly I am unbothered by it (probably because Shane West is in it, can you tell I think he’s attractive?) With all that being said, in the case of a tie, go with the book.
While I could not find a free service, you can buy this movie to stream for about $4.
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