Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Book Review: The Walk by Richard Paul Evans

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Hardcover
Genre: General Fiction/Inspirational
Pages: 289 pages
Where I Got It: Borrowed from NYPL - Mid-Manhattan Branch
Check it out on: Amazon | Goodreads


What would you do if you lost everything—your job, your home, and the love of your life—all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he’s tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he’s known and heads for the farthest point on his map: Key West, Florida. The people he encounters along the way, and the lessons they share with him, will save his life—and inspire yours.

When does Richard Paul Evans ever disappoint? His stories are heartbreaking and truthful. He embodies the realest emotions that you can imagine all in a short amount of pages. I could probably read a 5000 page book of his and never blink once. I can't get enough. But enough about my love for the author's works, let's talk about The Walk.

Alan has a great life with his wife and his business. But just in the blink of an eye it all goes away. And he takes his unbelievable walk. He runs into a bunch of people that leave their mark on him and his biggest lesson is yet to be learned.

I found that this was a pretty quick paced read until Alan took his Walk. To be completely truthful with you, I got to about 3/4 of the way through and found it hard to finish. There were just too many new characters and the journey he was taking was so overwhelming, that I couldn't bring myself to read it. But isn't that what Evans has cleverly planned? There are no cut scenes in real life. There's no montage with a calendar quickly flipping pages as it shows our MC Alan walking forward and meeting people in the blink of an eye with clever music in the background. No, this is about as realistic as it gets. Evans has solidified his place as one of my favorite authors of all time.

I highly recommend this and any Richard Paul Evans book to you. This one is heartbreaking, inspiring and bold.

Other books by Evans that I loved:


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3 comments:

  1. This books sounds heavy and heartbreaking but very full of life lessons. I'd definitely have to be in a certain mood to read this one but it sounds good. The blurb almost reminds of Forest Gump.

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    1. Oh yeah for sure! I can't read his books back to back but they are always amazing whenever I do read them!

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  2. Ooh, this seems really interesting. It's a lot to throw into 300 pages though, I'm going to have to find a copy wand wait until it's the perfect mood/moment to attempt it!

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