Book Review: The Vow by Kim & Krickett Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson

Title: The Vow written by Kim & Krickett Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoire
Published by B&H Publishing Group
Page count: 183
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 5/5 It was amazing!!!; Loved the movie as well!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #20

The book version of The Vow: Kim and Krickett meet by chance and begin a slow and steady long distance friendship that develops into a wonderful relationship as the two fall helplessly in love with each other. The two, are quite different but also very similar in things like their love of physical exercise and the love they have for God. Their faith in God ultimately pulls them together and with the approval of Krickett’s father, Kim proposes to Krickett and they get married. For most stories this is the beginning of Happily Ever After but after a terrible accident that leaves Krickett with short term memory loss and no memory of ever marrying Kim much less ever meeting him, the times of trial have only just begun.

The movie version of The Vow: Leo and Paige, newlyweds who fell in love at first sight, are in a terrible accident in which Paige is thrown from the car and her brain injuries result in short term memory loss. She cannot remember meeting or marrying Leo. Leo tries to make it work but is constantly at war with Paige’s parents (whom were formerly estranged from Paige before her accident) and with Paige’s unwillingness to try to remember her former life. After facing familial struggle and internal struggle for them both, Leo tries to win back Paige’s heart but with so much seemingly against them, will it work?

I must begin this by saying that I absolutely loved both the movie and the book versions of this story. I believe if you view the movie first and read the book, you may be a little disappointed as the book version is quite different from the movie since it is a nonfiction memoire but it can definitely be appreciated on its own.

Both versions are touching, heartbreaking and heartwarming. I feel that the book version though was obviously more personal and heart wrenching because it is told from Kim’s perspective and you can definitely feel the anguish that he felt throughout the whole ordeal and process of trying to make Krickett fall in love with him again. What really stood out for me about this book is how serious Kim took his vows to Krickett. I wish that everyone that decided to get married nowadays really put alot of thought into the words they say in their vows when they do get married. I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered a story where these vows of “in good times and in bad, through sickness and in health, richer or poorer, for all the days of my life” (although there are many variations) are so fully exemplified than in this story. Kim makes the conscious decision to stick by his wife even when it seems like there is no hope at all left…he remembers the woman he married and remembers the vow he made to her. That is so beautiful to me. Kim and Krickett’s love story is also a testament of their love story with God, which I thought was really interesting and amazing as well. Their love of God was one of the foundations of their marriage from the start and it is this that pulled both of them through the really really tough times when they thought they wouldn’t make it. I really think that newlyweds and even just married couples can learn something from reading this book together! It definitely reminds us of the importance of our marriage vows!

The movie is definitely alot more “Hollywood” and there is no mention of the religious inspiration and foundation of their love story, which is a message they really really wanted to get across when they wrote their book. It is a tear jerker! There are alot of different details about Kim and Kricketts story that have been changed in the movie version, which I guess is understandable for entertainment value. The movie does a good job of showing the strife the husband goes through when trying to win his wife’s love back and the hard time they had, albeit the book is obviously more personal and the times are much much harder. These two versions can definitely stand on their own but I would recommend reading the book and then watching the movie. All in all, I loved both!

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