Title: The Vow
Author: Kim and Krickitt Carpenter
Genre/Audience: Nonfiction, adult
Publication: 2000, 2012
Summary: The Vow tells the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, who just months after getting married, get into a horrific car accident that changes everything. Everyone thought Krickitt wasn’t going to make it, but she beats the odds, and when she wakes from a coma, she has forgotten the last couple years of her life, including meeting, falling in love with, and marrying her husband, Kim. She has no memory of him whatsoever. Through lots of physical therapy and hard work, Krickitt is able to gain her life back, but the missing years of memory never returns. Kim is determined to hold tight to his wedding vows though, and makes Krickitt fall in love with him all over again, despite the obstacles in their way, including Krickitt’s anger and resentment towards him. Ultimately, this is a story of survival, of healing, and of second chances.
My Thoughts: This book… was not very good. I saw the movie when it first came out and fell in LOVE with it! Seriously, it was just an incredible movie, so I was very interested in reading the true story behind it. Well, this book was poorly written and jumped around a lot, like I felt as though I was missing a lot of the story. Plus, it’s also supposedly by both the husband and the wife, but NONE of it is from her perspective at all, even though she’s the one who suffered a coma and memory loss, so what the heck, man?! It was the husband narrating the WHOLE time which irritated me. I also felt as though this book was way too preachy. The couple is very religious and it’s a huge part of their lives, so of course I understand it being in their book, but I felt like I was being preached to more often than not. I don’t have a problem with this or their faith, but it was simply too much… quite overbearing. Their story is very interesting and I applaud them for having the courage to share it with the world, but the book was just BLAH. I can’t recommend it, and for the first time in my life, I’m going to say watch the movie, but don’t read the book! The movie is outstanding! Also? Channing Tatum – enough said!
My Rating: 1.5/5
Edited to add in 2017: I get many negative, rude comments on this review which is funny because I didn’t think Christians were supposed to be judgmental and rude. Not only is this review very old (check the date – 2012!), but it is also my opinion which I am entitled to. Not to mention, I read this book a very long time ago, hardly remember it at all, and really don’t care. You will not receive a response from me if you comment due to how old this review is and for my reasons stated above. You can leave a comment but it won’t impact my thoughts on the book.