Book Review, Books

The Best of Me – Nicholas Sparks

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. 

So for anyone who doesn’t know me or isn’t my friend either on the internet or in real life I love Nicholas Sparks I’d say that man got me into reading books probably a few years ago. I remember his books being the first I began to collect his books and I do I love him. But with that loving of him becomes a big burden, his books always make me cry. You see where this is going don’t you? You see it. I cried at this book.

So the description of this book is amazing and because I love Nicholas Sparks I have never read any descriptions of his books, I put that there for your benefit. Nicholas Sparks in an author as soon as he brings out a book I will buy it, that man has my total trust so the day he lets me down I’ll be severely disappointed.

Anyway on with the book we follow Dawson in the first few chapters of the book where he explains his life and his teenage romance with Amanda and all the trouble they went through with her parents and his family. It was nice to have that beginning with them and I loved we got to see them. Especially the scenes with Tuck.

The structure of this book it goes back and forth in the timeline of their story we get flashbacks from when they were younger and when they had flashes later in life, for example, we see the struggle Amanda goes through when she talks about losing her daughter Bea and the effect that had on her and the people around her. So we get many flashbacks of them previously but I think that really helps understand the characters and why they are the way they are in the present.

Dawson and Amanda’s romance we’ll talk about the past when they were teenagers, it was everything you expect from two teenagers in love, them against the world it reminded me of Allie and Noah’s romance in the notebook and you know it had that structure they left and came together again only, this time, Amanda was married with children.

When they come back together for Tuck’s funeral we see them reconnect and begin to catch up on everything they missed, I think from the point that they came back home it was completely obvious that they were going to fall in love well re-fall in love and connect again it was lovely. Their romance was so beautiful and it felt honest between them and they had no barriers of what they told each other again. Tuck did a brilliant way of setting up their return to make them talk to each other although for the most part he was dead it felt like he was there still watching and just waiting for things to happen between them.

Nicholas Sparks knows how to make his characters that you fall in love with them even if you don’t want to and that’s one thing I love about him as an author. His characters you just fall in love with them.




Alright. I gave you enough warning now if you read on you have nobody but yourself to blame. Okay so Amanda’s son gets called to go pick his very drunk father up from the golf club and then they are in an accident and he needs a new heart, but by chance, he gets one. Amanda is thankful that her son will live thanks to this new heart.

Okay so Amanda’s son gets called to go pick his very drunk father up from the golf club and then they are in an accident and he needs a new heart, but by chance, he gets one. Amanda is thankful that her son will live thanks to this new heart.

Whilst that is happening we see Dawson and he is seeing this shadow again and the shadow leads him to Andy (I believe his name was) and his cousins who are in a fight. Dawson saves Andy but as they are about to leave the bar. He is shot in the head.

Yep, you heard me right.

He was shot in the head. He is dead. I read that part like twice and it still didn’t click it didn’t feel like he was dead. At least, it didn’t until Amanda was told that he was dead and then it clicks who the heart has come from. Dawson had not only saved Amanda but he had also saved her son. It hurt my heart a part of me didn’t know how to feel about the heart thing but as I saw the epilogue and how good it was and then I decided in my head that it was a good ending. I was crying through the end of this book it was such a brilliant well-written book and Nicholas Sparks never fails to get me out of reading slumps also puts me into a pit of sadness but I accept that haha.

5 thoughts on “The Best of Me – Nicholas Sparks”

  1. Oh my gosh!! I met Nicholas Sparks in person when he was on a tour for this book. I stood in the queue for 2 hours to get his authograph. It was soo worth it! one for the books, for sure.
    The sad part is, my friend barrowed the signed book, then another friend barrowed it and so on, now I donlt know where the book is. I am still heartbroken.


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