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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  147,748 ratings  ·  10,610 reviews
In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, th
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 14th 2010)
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Michael Clifton
Nov 05, 2011 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
Jan 02, 2012 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
Jan 03, 2013 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
Amanda and Dawson fell in love in high school even though they were quite different. Amanda was the popular type from a rich family, while Dawson struggled with problems at home. Amanda’s parent’s aren’t accepting of her relationship with Dawson which causes multiple problems. They spend some quality time together and then they must part. Time moves forward and Dawson has been away for quite some time. Out of the blue, he receives a phone call from a lawyer letting him know that someone from bac ...more
Jan 21, 2012 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
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
Susanne  Strong
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
3 Mediocre Stars

Amanda and Dawson were High School sweethearts. Destined for different things, their relationship was bound to fail. And it did. Big time. Amanda went to an Ivy League University and Dawson? Well, he went to Jail. Needless to say, that was the end of that.

Years later, the funeral of Dawson's mentor brings them together again. Dawson is still single, and has never married. Amanda is a married mother of three. That magic they shared together however, well, it's still there. How cou
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 g
Ali Green
Oct 27, 2011 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
Aug 24, 2012 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
Apr 20, 2015 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! ...more
Aishu Rehman
Can Nicholas Sparks put out a bad book? I think Not! The Best of Me is truly The Best! Everyone of his books are written from the heart and grab the reader's heart. This book made my heart swell with joy and then the pain my hear felt hurt so much, it felt as if it wasn't just a novel I was reading. I would very much like to change the ending, it just shows that Sparks endings aren't all predictably the same. This novel gets all the stars possible. ...more
Chelsey Connor
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
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 01, 2012 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.
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨

There are only three places in the world where you stand the risk of losing many of your favorite persons-

⏩ Real world, during natural calamities.
⏩ Fictional world, Game of Thrones.
⏩ Fictional world, Nicholas Sparks novels.

Throw in some romance, some supernatural conscience, some predictably melancholy farewell, there you go- you call it a best seller. Seven stars, because I stained the pages with tears. But then I go and cry about everything at the slightest provocation.

Maria Miaoulis
Aug 24, 2012 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
Shaikha Alahmad
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I gave you the best of me, and after you left, nothing was ever the same."

Nicholas Sparks did it again. I think he secretly (not so secret anymore) enjoys RIPPING our hearts out. I cried. Not ashamed. 🤚🏼

It started off as the mother of all clichés (not complaining), I still liked this a lot despite the very predictable, yet engaging plot; but I admit that some parts SHOOK me (not spoiling anything, you're gonna have to read this).
I'm glad I never gave up on Sparks and still am reading his be
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Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

the ending was really sweet and heartbreaking but still... Solid meh. Not great. Not bad. "bland as oatmeal" meh.

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Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars
I don’t think there is a piece of this writing that I didn’t like. It is strange how I would go into a chapter expecting one thing, then the opposite happens, and yet I find am not disappointed. The writing was excellent.
Amanda and Dawson fell in love in high school. Dawson came from a gangster family where going to prison was a badge of honour. Dawson was the white sheep; it’s hard to believe he was from a family of criminals, good in every way. Yet, Amanda’s parents were against their relation
Nov 17, 2011 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
Dawson comes from a very difficult background and falls in love with Amanda, she comes from a rich family. They spend a wonderful time together and their love grows deeper every day. An accident separates their paths. A few years later, they meet again and realize, that their love is still as deep as it was in the past. But Amanda's life now, revolves around very different things and so she cannot stay with him. But with the help of a stroke of fate, they still remain connected, even if it's a v ...more
I'm giving up on you Sparks.

No more.
Reem N. Alomari
Feb 17, 2013 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
I wanted to read this book, but once I saw the movie I changed my mind.

I wasn't expecting a happy ending from this book, but the way this story was portrayed was kind of mean and unpleasant in my opinion. I am not talking about Amanda and Dawson's love story,as always that part was sweet and kind, I am referring to Dawson in particular.
I hope that it doesn't come across that way in the book, but in the movie it seems like Dawson had a crappy life from the very beginning and cont
C.K. Green
Jan 31, 2012 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
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Literally everyone who can read.
SUCH an amazing plot, written by the only one who can. I never could have foreseen the ending! A truly genius ending to an epic tale. Bring out the tissues! Several people's stories in one novel, where all of them have a meaning to each other in the end? I can only find this in a Nicholas Sparks novel. This novel is not at all some sappy, cliché love story. You are on your toes through the entire book, and you will be left with a feeling of "WOW, how is it possible to come up with a plot like th ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable Nicholas Sparks summer read.
Megs ♥
Oct 18, 2011 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...
Amal Bedhyefi
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this masterpiece .. the ending took my breath away ♥
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Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the n

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