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The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

The Book:

Source for The Book section: From Goodreads
THE BEST OF ME is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.

The View:

I took my time to finish this book because I was reading a number of books at the same time. Thankfully they were all of different genres so I dint lose my head.

Amanda and Dawson are childhood sweethearts but were forced to break their relationship because of his ‘not-so-clean’ family history. Both of them move on or so it seems. Now, years later Amanda is married with three kids while Dawson is still single and lives a relatively lonely life. The death of a close friend and mentor Tuck brings them together. Tuck seems to have had a defined plan in his mind to get the love birds together and through letters and actions, he makes them realize what they have been missing. The rest of the story is about whether they get back together or continue to live their current lives.

As you are probably aware, Sparks’s novels focus on the romance and just the romance. In “The Best of Me” he has taken a different approach and given us a rather wholesome picture, talking and detailing about the lives of the other characters that influence the story and the romantic pair. I really enjoyed this. The story was told from different POV’s and was appropriate at all times. Though I didn’t particularly like Amanda’s mom, her husband and Dawson’s cousins I knew that they added a lot of value and realism to the plot. In the past Sparks’s books have had some very touching personal letters showcased and I was hoping for the same impact from Tuck’s letters, but sadly that was not the case.

I enjoyed the book tremendously but it is definitely not one of his best works. That said, I have to confess that if made into a movie this would be a blockbuster as it had all the elements for a commercial success. Rated a 4 on 5



3 Responses

  1. This does sound like one I’d enjoy. I usually don’t read his books, but this past year, I read three books of his that I really liked.

  2. I just finished reading this book, and posted my own review about it. I actually felt pretty much the exact same way you did. I felt like it was a nice change in how he usually writes his books, with the different characters, and the different background. But, at the same time, I was slightly disappointed. I agree with you 100% that the letters Tuck wrote weren’t nearly as heart touching as usual. I also felt like the book had a sort of “rushed” feeling to it. Not necessarily the entire book, but bits and pieces of it, and definitely towards the end felt rushed. I was utterly SHOCKED at how the book ended, though. Were you??

  3. Reading without restraint!

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