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A Walk To Remember By Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember is a classic “coming-of-age” novel that is a simple enough read to allow high school students to relate to the storyline. When Landon Carter finally accepts his feelings for Jamie, who has helped him become a better person in more ways that either of them know of, he reaches the pinnacle of his transformation from a troubled and resentful teenager into a respectful and selfless young man. A text included on a required reading list for high school students should have a theme that allows them to relate to the characters, to figuratively put themselves in their shoes and feel as if they are part of the story. It should also develop the students’ moral compass and teach them a valuable lesson that will help them throughout their lives. A Walk To Remember is a great Coming-of-Age novel for high school students to read because it allows students to hear the main character’s voice change and mature throughout the novel and provides an opportunity for them to reflect on whether it is best to listen to logic or to listen to one’s heart, Landon’s personal growth, and the brevity of life.
Landon Carter is a typical high school senior who’s always behaved himself based on logic, but as he encounters many fateful events that grant him a sense of self-awareness he realizes who he truly is, and is appalled by what he finds. Throughout the story, Landon spends more and more time with Jamie, a girl who is ousted by most of the senior class because of her religious devotion. Although he is not thrilled by her company at first, he truly ends up appreciating what she represents, which we see when he says, “The more I hung around Jamie, the more I realized she had a lot of different emotions… that was the first time I recognized that in some ways she was just like the rest of us.” (p.103). As the story progresses, he becomes aware of his own unkindness, his apathy and mediocrity, and his selfishness but with Jamie’s help he is able to make amends for his flaws.
The decisions that come to matter most in life are those made by listening to one’s heart. Landon Carter struggles to change from someone who thinks logically to someone who feels and listens to his heart, but as he spends more time with Jamie, he realizes that what logic has lead him to believe about her is not necessarily what is true. He has known a couple of facts about her his whole life, based on which he assumes she is nothing special. Landon assumes at first that she carries her Bible around because of her beliefs but he comes to find out that the true reason she carries it is because it makes her feel closer to her mother, who was the previous owner of the Bible. “I miss my mom too, she said… It was the first time I’d ever considered that Jamie and I might have something in common.” (p. 115). As he takes the time to get to know her better, he learns to give his heart a chance and take a risk. In life, there are circumstances that require someone to rely purely on...

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