A tasteful contemporary young adult story full of heart, in a world tired of cheap counterfeits. The plot builds like a melody and resounds long after its come to a close. (Although this -is- a Nicholas Sparks book, so there's as much tragedy to be had as there is romance.) If you can get past the ugly cry, the lingering impression is a sweet one.
Today I find it far more realistic than I initially gave it credit for. I originally read it when I was 17 (the height of angst), and thought 'wouldn't that be nice, if it were actually possible for people to love like that.' A year later, this reader happened to find that kind of love.
I'm thankful for books like this. Without me realizing it, it helped me to understand what I was looking for in a counterpart, and solidified my decision not to settle for less.