A Walk to Remember
The story starts with a prologue from Landon Carter at age 57. The remainder of the story takes place when Landon is a 17-year-old high school senior. Landon lives in the small, religious town of Beaufort, North Carolina. His father is a congressman. His father is not around very much, as he lives in Washington, D.C. Landon's father pressures him into running for class president. His best friend, Eric Hunter, who is the most popular boy in school, helps him and, to his surprise, Landon wins the election. After being elected, he was required to bring a girlfriend to the dance that was held at school. He asked every girl in the school and none wanted to go with him. He finally asked Jamie Sullivan who agreed (a church minister’s daughter who is very kind, but nobody liked her). Some weeks later, Jamie asks Landon to play the part of the father in the Christmas play; she has already been cast as the angel. Landon then agrees to her because of the dance that Jamie helped him with. The two begin spending time together (although Landon does so only out of obligation) but in the course of their conversations, Landon discovers that Jamie's only goal in life is to get married with a church full of people in attendance, an unlikely occurrence given Jamie's social status. Landon finds this goal odd for such an excellent student as Jamie, who could have far loftier aspirations; he is especially surprised that she does not plan to attend college.
One day, while they are walking home, Landon yells at Jamie and he tells her that he is not friends with her. The next day at the first show of The Christmas Angel, Jamie enters the stage dressed as the angel, making Landon simply utter his line, "You're beautiful," meaning it for the first time. Following that, Jamie asks Landon if he would go around town and retrieve the jars containing money collected for the orphans' Christmas presents. When Landon collects the jars, there...