Tim’s Notes on Sparks’
“A Walk To Remember”
The novel opens with a fifty seven year old Landon Carter explaining that his life was changed when he was seventeen. He explains that most people that did not know him back then do not understand what could have happened way back then to impact him so drastically, and her rarely bothers to explain.
“My story,” he says “can’t be summed up in two or three sentences; it can’t be packaged into something neat and simple that people would immediately understand” (pg. xi). But he is resolved, on April 12th in the last year before the millennium, to lay down his story for the reader. “This is my story” he says. “First you will smile, and then you will cry — don’t say you haven’t bee warned” (pg. xiii).