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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 fun...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 14th 2010)
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Michael Clifton
This was probably the most disappointing Nicholas Sparks book I have ever read. The book's premise starts off promising enough; high school sweethearts meet again at the funeral of a mutual friend some 25 years later and rekindle their romance... a romance it turns out that had never really ebbed. Dawson Cole, one of the main characters, comes from a family of violent lawbreakers and thugs, while Amanda Collier, the other main character, comes from a wealthy, upstanding family. You get the pictu...more
Alyssa
EDIT:(view spoiler) Is that better for you people? *rolls eyes*

"The Best of Me" is a novel about two high-school sweethearts, Amanda and Dawson, who went their separate ways after high school and are reunited for one weekend when they learn of the sudden passing of their mentor, Tuck. I was intrigued by this book from the beginning because I...more
Maritza
PLEASE DON'T READ IF YOU DON'T WANT THE STORY SPOILED!

I was sooo beyond disappointed with this book! It had me all the way up to chapter 21, I kept thinking "how is he going to get them together" well he didn't ! That's how! I got excited when it seemed that Amanda was going to meet him at the cemetery only for her to turn right and go home! Which I guess was ok since she was almost home when she received word of the accident, but she stayed with Frank even after! No no no! I feel that Amanda wa...more
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
After meeting the author Nicholas Sparks last October 28th here in Manila and get him to sign my book, i started reading his latest novel which is obviously entitled "The Best Of Me". I tried so hard to refrain myself in reading this though it was really hard for me because i'm really curious about it. So here it goes, the book is definitely good! As the same as his other novels it is filled with flashbacks and old memories that in due time came back to the protagonists of the story. It was one...more
Katy
I am currently a Nicholas Sparks nut. I love a good ooey gooey romance novel. Shoot me.

I've read a lot of his books and this is the only one that has made me bawl my eyes out for about half an hour after I had finished it. It is heart wrenching and I was hooked the entire time.

I highly recommend this to someone who just is really in the mood to read a romance/chick lit.
Buggy
Opening Line:”For Dawson Cole, the hallucinations began after the explosion on the platform, on the day he should have died.”

By now I’ve read enough Nicholas Sparks to know going in that I’m not always going to be guaranteed a HEA. In fact half of the suspense for me in reading his stuff now is that I’m not sure who he’s going to kill off. Sure it’s also frustrating as hell, because I always forget and then just when I’m all invested in the characters and wrapped up in their budding romance, bl...more
Mara
2.5 stars. I always feel cheated when I get to the end of a Nicholas Sparks book (I don't know why I keep reading them). He has such a magical way with romance but then he rips the happily ever after away. I love the descriptions and landscapes in this book. Sparks creates the perfect backdrops for love and creates the perfect moments that most mere mortals can only dream about. Then the characters (and the reader) have to pay the price for stealing such perfection by haveing it become nothing b...more
Maria Miaoulis
Nicholas Sparks, you never fail to deliver a great story. In fact, your job is never done unless I've been reduced to uncontrollable sobs, but I digress. In "The Best of Me," we meet Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole, high school sweethearts from different worlds who have a magical connection. However, they go their separate ways when their families and other events tear them apart. The death of their confidant, Tuck Hostetler, brings them back to their hometown 25 years later to confront their pai...more
Ali Green
I used to love Nicholas Sparks. Dear John is one of my favorite books because of how deeply it touched me and spoke about true love. But it's the last book of his that I've absolutely adored that way. The Lucky One was a nice little story, and The Last Song touched me simply because, at the time, my father was dying of cancer. Safe Haven reminded me too much of The Guardian, and this book, The Best of Me...where do I start?

First of all, by the time I had gotten to page 90, I'd already read sever...more
Connie
I gave this book only 1 star because, although it was a typical Nicholas Sparks storyline, he clearly missed it in this one. I am an avid fan and have read everything he's written and normally can't wait for his next novel to publish. However, in this one, I didn't see the average warmth, caring and heart wrenching love that he's become famous for. The love story wasn't even in good telling. The ending sucked and really did make you feel that good guys finish last, no matter how good the heart i...more
Meg ♥

Have to give this one 3 stars. It started off quite well, actually. I enjoyed reading about Amanda and Dawson, and their forbidden teenage romance. I was interested to see what would happen when they met years later.


They are now in their 40's when they are reunited to throw a ceremony for their old dead friend Tuck...He has pined for her all these years, and she married, had children etc. Of course her marriage is failing. Once they do meet up, unfortunately, the books seems to drag and drag......more
Reem N 240511
Nicholas Sparks has done it again. He has managed to write a book that has moved from page to page with such strong emotions it is as if he experienced every heartbreak, love, betrayal, loneliness and fright. He was able to bring the characters to life. The story is about the reunion of former lovers, Amanda and Dawson. They come back to their home town after hearing about the terrible news of the death of who used to be a father figure to them, Tuck. What unfolds after, is bigger than the both...more
Keri
I am a fan of Nicholas Sparks and have been for quite some time. I have loved many of his past books, particularly The Guardian and The Notebook, but this book was a bit of a dissapointment. Although the characters were very likable, I found this book hard to really get in to. It didn't "pull" me in as most of his other works have. I did find that it was very easy to relate to most of the characters but there was not enough emphasis put upon Amanda and Dawson's relationship, so although you wer...more
Makita
Let me begin by saying that I listened to this book driving HOME from Canada (12 hr drive people) and it kept me awake so thank you to Nicholas, BUT.......
I am pretty sick of Nicholas Sparks, his books are sooooo predictable but it was 10,000 times worse because of the man reading it. UGH!!! He could NOT do voices and I found myself rolling my eyes and laughing out loud because he was sooo bad. Seriously, where do they find these readers? I want that job.
Dear Nicholas,
I'm sure you are a nice ma...more
Crystal
OMG!! I just finished the Nicholas Sparks The Best of me and I want to cry so bad! I believe everything in life happens for a reason and this book proves that. As I read the series of events I knew exactly what had happened before the book told me and I wanted to scream "No" because true love overcomes everything. In the end I think in the end knowing what happened not only saved two lives that night but it saved her in so many ways and I believe he would say it was all worth it. I'm still so sa...more
Marco
This book is really but really good. I totally realised that in the last chapters. This story touched my feelings, it touched my heart. More than I had Imagined. It was a total whirlwind of emotions. This totallly shows how true love is like and what's like to give our best to the person we love the most, the love of our life. *spoilers*- Amanda is still feeling Dawson, even though physically he's not with her- every time Amanda hugs his son, Jared, she feels- 'physical' and psychologically- eve...more
Kristin
I don't know if Nicholas Sparks has changed that much or whether I'm the one that changed, but I just don't love his books anymore. I don't know if I can even keep reading them (though of course I probably will). I will always love The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, and A Bend in the Road, but as I keep saying, the more recent books just have too much spirituality, parenting, and woo woo elements. Also, after all this time the predictability of love and tragedy, rinse and repeat, just starts to...more
Ellie
In the small town of Oriental, Amanda Collier, a beautiful teenage girl from a wealthy and respectable family, falls in love with Dawson Cole, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks with a notorious criminal family. Alas, their relationship is doomed because neither of their families approve of the romance and they eventually part ways. However, their love was so intense and passionate that neither of them can forget the other. Twenty-four years later, after the death of their mutual friend, Tu...more
Thomas Wilson
Let me start with the fact that Nicholas Sparks is an extremely talented writer. I have stated before in my blog and publically that I hate Nicholas Sparks, not persoanlly, just his stories!

It is like being invited to watch a car wreck with your family members and not being able to do anything about it except witness and experience the carnage! Getting severely upset and emotional in a sad way is not what I consider entertainment. I think this guy owns stock in the Klennex company! Obvouisly som...more
Nancy
Unfortunately I was a bit dissapointed in this novel. I usually really enjoy Nicholas Sparks novels however this one did not hit the spot for me.

It was easy to put this book down which is not a good sign. I stayed loyal to finishing it hoping that it would get better and I will admit that the twist at the end did add some suspense to the story but generally I found it dull.

In theory it sounds like a great story but unfortunately I didn't enjoy the development to much. There were quite a few ch...more
Mandy
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Trisha
Whenever I read a Nicholas Sparks book I go into them knowing I'm going to fall in love with the characters and one or some of them will die, I usually don't read his books because of this. This book was no exception. I found this book to be wonderful and it actually had me in tears twice in the book.
It is the story of Dawson, Amanda and their very different families. Dawson comes from a very violent and law breaking family and Amanda comes from a very prestigus rich family (both in the same sma...more
Katieeoh Lacanlale
One word I can describe this book: LOYALTY.

What can I say about it?

Well, I can say, it’s one of my favorites. All of his books are wonderful as well, but this book seems to show how love can live in each other’s hearts even though it’s been years and far apart. This book mainly talks about two lovers who got reunited after twenty-five years later, the guy never loved anyone else except for Amanda even though she already has her own family. The ending is a shocker actually, since we all know that...more
Inspired Kathy
I'm a sucker for Nicholas Sparks. I've read EVERYTHING he has written and enjoyed all of it. I think he is a great writer. However if you haven't read a Nicholas Sparks book don't start with this one, it's not my favorite. Try A Walk to Remember, The Notebook or The Last Song as an introduction to his work. If you've read his books and enjoy them then read this one too.

Since I've read all of his books I was totally prepared for the emotional manipulation and classic Nicholas Sparks life is not a...more
Alexandra Heller
When ever I need a good cry I know I can turn to any of Nicholas Sparks novels, and best of me is no exception. His vivid descriptions of the scenes and people make me feel as though i'm there and personal know the characters. I got so involved in this novel that I sometimes forgot there was a separation between whats real and what isnt. Although I had trouble sometimes connecting with Amanda and Dawson in there later years because of my age, I had no problem being encaptured by their love story...more
Chuck
Jun 06, 2013 Chuck rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
3.75

This book was pretty good. I found it to be quite captivating for the most part, which is the primary factor in how I rate books. I identified strongly with the characters, and the plot had me feeling pretty antsy at times. This was that rare read where you can’t wait to see how things unfold, but at the same time, you’re enjoying it way too much to rush through it. However, I found the ending to be a wee-bit predictable, and I have to deduct a half a star for that. In the end, that deductio...more
~Tina~
I'm giving up on you Sparks.

No more.
Lindsay
If you are a huge Nicholas Sparks fan then just stop reading this review because you probably won't agree with anything I'm going to say. If you are ambivalent about him and sometimes enjoy his stuff, sometimes don't then continue on. This review is for you.

I fall in the ambivalent category. Sometimes his stories are unique and fascinating and wonderful. Sometimes they are predictable, drag on aimlessly, and are generally somewhat outlandish. This falls into the latter category. I have a compul...more
Jill
I've been a fan of Nicholas Sparks ever since his first book, Message in a Bottle (1999) and I've never been disappointed. Until now, that is. Well, perhaps "disappointed" is not the correct word ... this book was certainly not boring nor lame, the two things that, for me, constitute a disappointing book. So, what exactly was it? Disturbing, I think may be a better word. There is a considerable amount of brutality and violence at a couple of intervals and I became frustrated with the duration of...more
Lindsey
I do love Nicholas Sparks, but come on now.... This book was just too much. I felt like sooo much happened that made it seem a bit much. I loved the concept of first loves, even though I thought it was written a little like The Notebook, and I loved that book until about half way through.

The book started out with Dawson. He's had a hard life and he explains the troubles he has had along the way of his adult life. His story starts with an accident, which leads him home. Upon returning home he ge...more
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As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist's assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

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