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The Best of Me

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  100,159 Ratings  ·  8,770 Reviews
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
Nov 08, 2011 Michael Clifton rated it it was ok
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
Dec 04, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was ok
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
Feb 03, 2013 Maritza rated it did not like it

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
Karla Mae (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
Jan 21, 2012 Mara rated it it was ok
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
Pearl Angeli
"I gave you the best of me, and after you left, nothing was ever the same."


This book isn't fair! Right now my emotions are all over the place I don't even know if I could write a decent review.

But heck, Nicholas Sparks did it again!

Everything in this book is remarkable. Told in multiple POVs, I found this book totally engaging and emotionally-driven. I fell in love right from the beginning up to the end. With Nicholas Sparks' beautiful lines and plot, I could never stop admiring how gre
Ali Green
Oct 27, 2011 Ali Green rated it did not like it
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
Mandy Blair Crider
Nov 27, 2015 Mandy Blair Crider rated it really liked it
Tear jerker! Those are the only two words I can think to describe this book. I really enjoy Sparks' novels. I always know I'm in for a good cry!
The Translation Abbey
Cuando comencé a leer el libro me di cuenta cómo iba a desenvolverse la historia, era evidente lo que iba a pasar, pero no por eso no lo disfruté. Saber que lo que pensaba se estaba cumpliendo me hizo tener una mezcla de sentimientos en todo el libro. Me gustó bastante, sufrí, reí, lloré…

Me encantó la relación tan única y especial entre Dawson y Amanda (a pesar de que ella se me hizo muy odiosa en varias oportunidades). Esos 25 años distancias no cambiaron ese vínculo de amistad y confianza que
Aug 24, 2012 Makita rated it did not like it
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
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
Sep 20, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
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.
Maria Miaoulis
Aug 24, 2012 Maria Miaoulis rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2011 Connie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chelsey the crazy cat lady
It took me a while to get into the book but enjoyed it. It is different to the movie if you sae that first like myself. I wish Dawson and Amanda ended up together
May 07, 2013 reemo.books rated it it was amazing
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
C.K. Green
Nov 10, 2014 C.K. Green rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
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
I'm giving up on you Sparks.

No more.
Meg ♥
Feb 22, 2013 Meg ♥ rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, z2013-reads

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...
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Ω Ναι ... νομίζω ότι καταλαβαίνω το λόγο της Sparksmania στο Hollywood.
Ο άνθρωπος ξέρει να αφηγήται.. ξέρει να φτιάχνει εικόνες, καταστάσεις και χαρακτήρες τόσο ειλικρινείς και ζωντανούς, με τα ελαττώματά τους, τα προτερήματά τους. Δεν στέκεται στις κορδελίτσες, τις καρδούλες και τα νάζια....
Ναι Ναι ... είναι καλός ο άτιμος.... !!!!!

Μα γιατί μιλάει όμως το βιβλίο??
Έχουμε τον Ντόσον ο οποίος είναι το κακό παιδί, προέρχεται από οικογένεια εγκληματιών και όπως μας λέει ο Sparks αν ένας από τους Κό
Ne znam u biti sto reci.. Nije me vuklo na citanje, nije me dirnulo.. Njegova Biljeznica je bila super i treba ju procitati i pogledati film. Za ovu knjigu to ne mogu reci, a za film cu ubrzo vidjeti.
I btw, knjiga ima 311 stranica, a ne 236! :-/
Inés Izal
Apr 21, 2015 Inés Izal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Es el primer libro de Sparks con el que no conecto. Todo lo veo demasiado dramático, ya sé que Sparks escribe así, pero aquí no me he creído la historia.
Normalmente en el final de un libro de Sparks estoy tirada por los suelos y llorando a mares. Pues aquí estaba medio riendo.
Apr 05, 2015 Seanna rated it liked it
I don't have much to say about this other than the fact that it was the end that made this book better. Even though I wasn't particularly in love with this book, it still made my heart ache at the end :( whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Oct 18, 2011 Keri rated it liked it
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
Nov 29, 2012 Marco rated it really liked it
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
Jun 12, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
Update June 12, 2015

Haven't read Nicholas Sparks in a while, but recently watched the movie and thought it pretty much mirrored what I remembered from the novel.

1.5 disappointed stars

“There's a lot of magic between you too, ain't no denying that. And magic makes forgettin' hard.”

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
Feb 02, 2015 P.Z. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
เราคิดวาภาพยนตรทำไดซึงกวามากๆ ในหนังสือจะมีบางจุดทีไมเหมือนกับในหนังซึงมันมีผลตออารมณความรูสึกของเรามากๆ เราอานหนังสือโดยไมไดเสียนำตาใหเลยสักหยด ในขณะทีตอนเราดูภาพยนตร เรารองไหแทบเปนแทบตาย แตในหนังสือกมีรายละเอียดบางจุดทีในหนังไมมี และไดเหนมุมตางๆของตัวละครทีแตกตางกันออกไป

ผูกำกับตองนำบทประพันธของสปารคมาเคาะใหมหลายจุดแนๆ โดยในหนังสือมีการใส flashback เรืองของอะแมนดาและดอวสันตอนวัยรุนเขาไปเยอะมาก และตอนทีดอวสันติดคุก อะแมนดากไปเยียมดอวสันตลอดเวลาหลายปี โดยทีรูวาเขาจะไมมาพบเธอเพราะเขาอยากใหเธอไดเริ
Oct 16, 2014 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, adult, read-2014
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Nicholas Sparks book, and I can always count on this author for two things. First, he’s definitely going to share an emotional story, full of angsty love, steady drama and likeable characters. And second, it’s inevitable that he’s going to either kill off a main character or end the story in a way that leaves you screaming “Are you kidding me?!?”

Well in The Best of Me, Sparks delivered as usual. I don’t think I’m being spoilery, but rather sparklery when I say
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
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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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