Book Review: The Walk

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The Walk

by
Richard Paul Evans

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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.

 Richard Paul Evans’s extraordinary New York Times bestsellers have made him one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. A life-changing journey, both physical and spiritual, The Walk is the first of an unforgettable series of books about one man’s search for hope.

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This book was a quick, easy read.  I read it in one sitting.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it was a bit different than I thought it would be.  For one, “the walk” didn’t start until half way through the book – so I wasn’t expecting all the things that happened before then.  Tears, people.  Wasn’t prepared for that.

The book reads more like non-fiction than fiction, as if Alan was a real person and this was a retelling of his true story.  I enjoyed the second half of the book better than the first.  I liked “meeting” the people he met along the way and hearing their stories.  I thought the “walk” part of the book was a bit short.  I expected him to get farther along on his journey before the story ended.  It seemed a little abrupt to me.  Overall, it was a nice, feel-good kind of book.

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4 of 5 stars.  It was good, but missing the “wow” factor.

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Would I recommend it to my BFF?  Sure.
Would I recommend it to my 13 year old daughter?  Maybe.  It would be fine for her to read, but I don’t know that she’d enjoy it much.

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