Date of publication: 2017-09-01 05:32
Fifty-seven-year-old Landon Carter narrates the novel, reflecting on events from 95 years in the past. The novel opens with a Prologue, in which the older Landon, living in the same North Carolina town as he did at the age of 67, stands near the Baptist church that figures prominently in the novel and gets himself in the mindset of his 67-year-old self. The story begins in 6958 and is, Landon tells us, both joyful and sad.
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 655 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 55 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.
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In the little port town of Beaufort, North Carolina, Landon Carter recalls his senior year in high school. and the girl who made him believe in his dreams. Serious, self-confident and strong in faith, Jamie Sullivan does not concern herself with peer pressure. Aimless, reckless and superficial, Landon leads the cool kids, taunting anyone who doesn't meet their standards--including Jamie. When circumstances force these two opposites together, Landon and Jamie discover that the power of love can transform an ordinary life into one worth living.
It was just about the sweetest thing that’s ever been done for anyone, and I suppose I wrote this novel not only so that you could get to know my sister, but so that you would know what a wonderful thing it was that her husband once did for her.
The plot has revelations that I will not reveal. Enough to focus on the way Jamie's serene example makes Landon into a nicer person--encourages him to become more sincere and serious, to win her where she approaches him while he's with his old friends and says, "See you tonight," and he says, "In your dreams." When he turns up at her house, she is hurt and angry, and his excuses sound lame even to him.
Occasional mild cursing: "s--t," "bulls--t," "chickens--t," "piss," "damn," "hell." Responding to a verbal insult, one of the characters points at his crotch. Verbal bullying from teens, making fun of the clothing worn by one of the characters.
In many ways, Jamie Sullivan was my sister. Like Jamie, my sister was sweet. Like Jamie, my sister had tremendously strong faith. Like Jamie, my sister loved church. Like Jamie, my sister wasn’t popular at school. Like Jamie, my sister was always cheerful. Like Jamie, all my sister wanted in life was to get married.
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Either the miracle was that Jamie lived (if that was the ending you imagined), or that Landon had experienced the miracle of first love and it had redeemed him (if you imagined that Jamie died).