The Best of Me

The Best of Me

Large Print - 2011
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This is the story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they have 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.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2011
Edition: 1st ed., large print ed
ISBN: 9781455504107
Characteristics: x, 496 p. (large print) ; 22 cm


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Mar 03, 2019

I just loved this incredible love story. Dawson and Amanda are on different sides of the track but they fall in love and feel they can make it together. However, life takes them away from each other till they come together again years later when they both return home for a funeral. Will their love be rekindled? Is their any hope for this love? What follows is resolved only in the heartrending epilogue. A truly poignant love story written by a master of the craft.

May 30, 2018

read June 2018

Dec 19, 2017

I LOVED this book!
This is one book that I could read more than once and still enjoy it.

Jul 27, 2017

(sad but beautiful) although I expected a lil more out of Sparks

Jan 28, 2017

I got totally wrapped up in this book and the characters. Although the ending was predictable I still couldn't put it down.

Apr 04, 2016

The Worst of SparksThe book mirrors other of Sparks’ works and for someone who writes easy to read material he lacks originality or the ability to go in a new direction. I’ve read a handful of his books and find them all predictable leaving me with no desire to read more. While his writing style is easy to read I’m bored of reading the same set up: small town North Carolina, the female and male lead always ‘age well’, the female lead always has mother issues and of course, but it’s nothing the man can’t fix because he’s always just a tad better than her, and someone is always going to die - more often than not there’s going to be a ghost or a letter. This book manages to recycle a few of his own books, an accident at the ‘bend in the road’ and the rich girl and boy from the n’er do well family recycles the Notebook. Instead Amanda, the female lead spends most of the time in the book with her internal thoughts while Dawson’s character is flat, thinking of how he has little to offer in life but does little to change it and pines for two decades of the same girl - not uncommon for Sparks’ men. This leaves the characters with little interest as to why one would care for them and leaves the reader with an abundance of dull internal thoughts to skim over, making the book a faster read - which helps (skimming). Ultimately Amanda’s mother is right, she is selfish. At the time of reading you don’t want to think that, but in the end (which is another point) the story is about satisfying Amanda’s happiness, everyone will sacrifice (even their lives) to make Amanda happy (because she’s not going to do it herself.) In the end, ugh, Sparks tends to fail at endings. I don’t know if he loses interest and wants to move to another project by the time he gets to the end but it feels either rushed or anti-climactic. As is not uncommon for Sparks’ books, new characters get introduced in the last fourth of the book, characters we’re just meeting and have no reason to care about who take up a large section of the book when we should be wrapping up the characters we have invested so much time with.

Last_Nights_Readings Apr 01, 2016

This book was recommended to me because it pissed my friend off. I see why it pissed her off. It pissed me off too but the truth is that the ways the events unfolded in this book reminds me that's how things are. People will hold grudges, they will judge you endlessly, and you just have to do the best you can.

The wonderment of this book stretches your imagination at times, but sometimes the world works with a bit of magic, too much to be a coincidence. Not only that, but the manner in which relationships work as well are a bit of a stretch. I've read Sparks before and I can say this isn't his best work and was rather weak in comparison to rile my emotions and attachments to the characters in some of his other books. This book was just a snack to my brain that leaves your craving for a real meal.

Aug 27, 2015

If you are a fan of Lifetime Movie Network, then you will enjoy THE BEST OF ME, a light escapist read perfect for a day at the pool or weekend trip. That being said, for me the story was simplistic, saccharine, and cliched. If THE BEST OF ME represents "the best of Nicholas Sparks", it will be a long time before I pick up another book by this author again.

Jun 30, 2015

This is such a great book! I cry every time I read this.

Jun 29, 2015

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks is very much similar to other of Spark’s bestselling romances, such as The Notebook. This novel revolves around the young and old lives of Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole, the typical rich girl and poor boy plot. After Dawson leaves Amanda in hopes to make her life better (despite the fact that he still loves her endlessly), she continues to live her life with a man she doesn’t truly love. I really liked how they showed flashbacks to their teenage romance while they were in their forties. This novel includes moments of suspense, romance and tragedy. In my opinion, this story was just like any other romance novel but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. The basic summary of the movie is: two teenagers fall in love, one family doesn’t accept the relationship, the love is torn apart and other common complications until the couple reunites and rekindles their passion. The story relies on the fact that your first love is powerful and can often last a lifetime. Although the plot wasn’t very original, it always ends in a sappy emotion tugging ending. At times, I felt it was going too slow for my liking. There were many morals throughout the novel, one being that ‘love is not lost’. I liked how Nicholas Sparks developed the characters so rich that I can make connections to them throughout. I would recommend an age of 12 to read this novel because it had little/no inappropriate content. Overall, The Best of Me was a light, “feel good” novel to curl up and read, but slightly predictable.

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M_ALCOTT Jun 07, 2015

[Queue that Justin Timberlake song. These people and mirrors.]

"...seeing Dawson's face next to hers in the bathroom mirror felt distinctly intimate. It had been a long time since anyone had made her feel attractive, but she felt that way now. She knew that she was drawn to Dawson. She reveled in the way his gaze traveled over her, and the graceful ease of his body; she was acutely aware of their almost primal understanding of each other. Though it had been only a matter of days, she trusted him instinctively and knew she could tell him anything. Yes, they'd argued on that first night over dinner and again about the Bonners, but there'd also been an unvarnished honesty in what they'd said. Amanda continued to study Dawson in the mirror. He turned and caught her gaze in the reflection. Without looking away, he gently reached out to smooth back a stray lock of hair that had fallen across her eyes. And then he was gone..."-excerpt from "The Best of Me"


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