The Best of MeNicholas Sparks

The Best of Me

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The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks Book Summary

In this #1 New York Times bestselling novel of first love and second chances, former high school sweethearts confront the painful truths of their past to build a promising future—together.

"Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen."

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in their small town in North Carolina. 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 home for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew—about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear—was not as it seemed.

Forced to confront painful memories, the former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

The Best of Me (Nicholas Sparks) Book Reviews

AmazingGood.Score: 5/5

HeartBreakingCould have been so much better! Tear jerking for sure but don't care for the way it ends!.Score: 1/5

BeautifulThis story has been a life changing experience. Reading it has brought me joy and passion to enjoy life regardless of circumstances. A must read! 😍.Score: 5/5

It was OkI hate to say it but the movie was much better than the book. I'm an avid reader and have liked several of his books. This was not my favorite. It wasn't bad but I expected more..Score: 3/5

Loved it!!Such an amazing read!!!.Score: 5/5

Love itAmazing book.Score: 5/5

Not one of his bestIt was a typical Nicholas Sparks story..but this one was to predictable for me..Score: 3/5

Boring and repetitiveHonestly I knew what the end would be after 30 pages, very repetitive And very boring I'm not going to watch the movie is the book is this bad the movie must be worst!.Score: 2/5

Love this bookI loved this book, I wish things would've ended better for Dawson though.Score: 5/5

Not worth the timeI seen the movie preview and thought it looked so good. The book was not at all all through the book was just boring. The story didn't even seem like it was about Amanda and Dawson. It was focused on a lot of other people. I hope the movie has a different ending and is more about the couple. I love all other Nicholas Sparks books but this one disappointed me..Score: 2/5

Probably my favorite Sparks storyI think it's more due to it being on a personal level, but this was my favorite Nicholas Sparks story yet. This book was really emotional for me, yet I loved it because I related to it very well..Score: 5/5

HmmPretty much just took three of his books and rolled it into one..Score: 1/5

The Best of MeThis is the first negative review I have ever submitted. This is a ridiculous ending!!!! Nobody reads a romance with an unhappy ending. Won't be reading this author's books in the future..Score: 1/5

Omg!!!!This book is so amazing I just couldn't put it down!!! The ending had my eyes watery ! Gosh I read three of his books and loved them all can't wait til read them all.Score: 5/5

TruExpected that. it’s NS..Score: 5/5

The Best of MeThe best book I've read in a long time.Score: 5/5

Love🤍I’m a huge Nicholas Sparks fan, and I was not disappointed with this read!! Cried several times!.Score: 5/5

Great BookLoved!.Score: 5/5

The hype only leads to disappointmentThis is no Last Song. So how could you make the correlation between The Best of Me & The Last Song? Simple, the movie rights were sold before the actual book was written. Although, I enjoyed The Last Song as a book and movie, I did not like the sloppiness of The Best of Me. Too many subplots that I could connect early on, and the ending was very flat. I really could not relate to Amanda and her miserable indesciveness. I more or less finished the book for Dawson's character. I have read several of Sparks's books, and this is the book I was the most disappointed with. He is now writing with movies in mind, and has lost his magic that was in Dead John and The Notebook..Score: 2/5

Better than TFIOS!!I love this book!! If you liked The fault in our stars you will surely love this book!.Score: 5/5

The Best of MeOne of the best books I have ever read!! Amazing!.Score: 5/5

True loveOh the love Amanda and Dawson had is/was undeniably TRUE LOVE. A love that very few experience in a lifetime even once. Their’s, bound by one heartbeat forever. ♥️.Score: 5/5

The Best of MeGreat read! Couldn't put it down, excellent story and I really enjoyed how it was told. Very interesting characters and I liked how I was able to see each of their points of view..Score: 5/5

AmazingSuch a good read. Emotional, heartwarming, and exciting..Score: 5/5

Beautiful story but very violentThis heartbreaking tale of love, loss, and friendship is awesome and has great action sequences. Teens 14+ will love it (Caution: sexual situations, abuse, alcohol use, and language ).Score: 5/5

Good book! Great readLove it .. Amazing and touching love story..Score: 4/5

Loved this bookThis book was an amazing love story.Score: 5/5

Loved it so much😍😍😍😍😍1.The book is so amazing 2.The movie is almost just as great 3.Not your typical love story 4.Another one of Nicholas Sparks amazing books.Score: 5/5

Romantic and SadI wanted to read the book before watching the movie because in the past I noticed they never made the books written by Nicholas Sparks any justice but I can bother watching the movie not anytime soon. It broke my heart to read the book and I know they are just going to mess up the movie too,so I rather wait and watch the movie when I forget the details of the book. It was a great but too complicated book..Score: 5/5

Excellent!This book is great. I loved it from the beginning to the end..Score: 5/5

AmazingI really enjoyed this book I know some people didn’t like the ending or the outcome. But I enjoyed the ending and this story. This book is about two teenagers Amanda and Dawnson who loved each other. But couldn’t be together because of Amanda’s family didn’t like Dawnson or his family. Then old friend of theirs passes away. And some surprises come into the story. I recommend this book it’s lovely story..Score: 5/5

Pulls the heartstrings.Nicholas Sparks is known to pull on your heart strings with his stories. The Best of Me is no exception. Do you ever really get over your first true love? We tend to always remember and relive events of that relationship in your minds and hearts. Dawson and Amanda are no different. They are the typical star cross lovers with Dawson being the typical boy from the wrong side of the tracks. They grow up and lead their own separate lives until the passing of a mutual friend. Suddenly they are back where it all started. Will they rekindle their romance? Is it too late for these two? I loved reading about Dawson and Amanda. I found myself rooting for them time and time again. This was an easy read and got lost in the story..Score: 4/5

Love Never FadesA happy, sad, and revolving story of love lost, found, and lost again, yet to be with her forever..Score: 4/5

DawsonWhy does Dawson have to die..Score: 5/5

Beautiful bookA must read!.Score: 5/5

Amazing book!It had me hooked from the beginning to end. Although once you get close to the end you can predict the ending but from the beginning to the middle I never thought it would end the way it did. One of the best books I've read by Sparks! Definitely a 5 star and I can't wait to see the movie..Score: 5/5

Ment to beGreat meant to break up your idea.Score: 4/5

The Best of MeFantastic book. Fast read because I couldn't put the book down. Can't wait to read another one of his books!!!.Score: 5/5

DepressingSparks is a wonderful writer. That said I feel I have heard this story from him before and ENOUGH with the depressing books already! This will be my last Sparks book unless I know it has a happy/happier ending. 😞.Score: 2/5

An Well Defined Love StoryWhen I first read the Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, everything changed. Suddenly I felt sympathy for Amanda and Dawson. 25 years ago, Amanda and Dawson were in love, but then Dawson committed some murder and was sent to prison. When he finally got out, he decided to leave. 25 years later, Dawson is summoned back to Oriental for a funeral. At Tuck’s house, Dawson meets Amanda for the first time in 25 years, and through that meeting, Dawson rekindles the love he had for Amanda. However, Amanda is married to Frank and has three children, Jared, Lynn, and Annette. But in the course of that weekend, Amanda spends time with Dawson, and begin to fall in love all over again, this time as adults. I believe in love at first sight with elusive second chances, because that is what The Best of Me is about: loving someone at first sight, and then reuniting with the one you love. The Best of Me was no different. It was a really fascinating love story to read and I just can’t wait to see the movie..Score: 5/5

Best of Me, worst of SparksHis most unsatisfying novel yet. Unoriginal and as Sparks admits on the foreword that this was a difficult one to complete it is quite evident he had trouble coming up with anything of any depth. Ending feels just thrown together. I think I'm done with Sparks..Score: 2/5

Don't expect any lessTypical Nicholas Sparks book, I have read 16/18 books and I have to say this book was NOT a disappointment. Yes it's true, it's the same story line about love and loss, but that's exactly what I love about his books. Nicholas Sparks makes me feel every word he writes. He's descriptive and he's consistent and In the end I was very pleased with the ups and downs of the emotions he provoked. I was excited, happy, sad, angry, hopeful, disappointed, and I was all of those over and over again while reading this book! Great read but be prepared for the waterworks!.Score: 5/5

MehI starts reading this book mainly because I wanted to read it before I saw the movie...well now I'm wishing I hadn't of wasted my time and just watched the movie instead like I had done with Gone Girl. This read was really hard it swallow since it was just going everywhere. I mean everywhere! There were a lot of things that could have been kept out and just the way it ended was so predictable...I just wish I never read it in the first place. Come on, Sparks, come up with something better. I know you're better than that..Score: 1/5

The Best Of MeThis story had me crying! I loved the whole story beginning to end ..Score: 5/5

Predictable and boringI will admit that I generally find Nicholas Sparks hit or miss; this book was a miss for me. The plot line was flimsy, predictable, and anticlimactic. I found myself less interested in Dawson and Amanda and wanting to know more about Tuck and his wife's story. Perhaps the movie will be better? His movies usually are better than his books..Score: 1/5

The Best of MeExcellent love story..Score: 5/5

The Best of MeSuch a page turner! I could not put it down. His writing is so vivid it plays like a movie in my mind that I've never seen before! Awesomeness!.Score: 5/5

Best movie I ever saw😍😍.Score: 5/5

The best of meWow this book took me by surprise at the end. Love can do so much. A very good book..Score: 5/5

A 5th grader could do betterThis is one of the worst books I have read in quit a while. The author doesn't have an original thought in his head. And the ending - so predictable - and so bad. Don't waste your time - read some good authors!.Score: 1/5

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The best of meThis book is awesome. Couldn't put it down. The love of the people it's unbelievable. My favorite book so far!.Score: 5/5

Loved it!This is most definitely my favorite Nicholas Sparks book. Such a great read!.Score: 5/5

The best of meAlways a good read from Nicolas Sparks. Emotional highs and lows. Love d this book.Score: 5/5

Predictably unable to stop readingKleenex box is a must!.Score: 5/5

FantasticThis book is hard to put down. Some parts are very predicting if you know his work, however it was excellent..Score: 5/5

True love really existsLoved this boo! It's a story about soul mates and makes u believe the true love really does exist. I'm a big believer that people are destined to be with their soulmates....and even though sometimes life doesn't allow that to be, the love the two people share never dies. Awesome read!.Score: 5/5

A MasterpieceI sit here with tears running down my face having just finished 'The Best of Me'. It's been a long time since a book has engrossed me so completely. Thank you for such a beautiful story..Score: 5/5

Loved it!I couldn't wait for this book to come out.I even pre ordered it!! Nicholas Sparks is an amazing author!! I loved this book. Once again pulls on your heart strings, has u reflecting on your own life and captures emotions u hold inside. You won't be disappointed to read this book. Loved it!! Once again, thank u Nicholas Sparks for yet another great book!.Score: 5/5

Absolutely amazing!!!!! must read!!!!I love sparks's books and all romance novels for that matter. but when i read the hunger games, i couldn't think of another book that would ever pull me in again. then i tried this book and i couldn't bear to part with it. nicholas sparks is truly an amazing author who will make you wish you found "the one". this book is truly fantastic, it is one of my favourite's by him. you will love it. filled with page turners and great detail, amazingly written. it will keep you up at night, thinking about whatever this book has meant to you..Score: 5/5

Beautiful book!All the heartwarming characteristics of a Nicholas Sparks book. He's my favorite author..Score: 5/5

WOW!¡¡¡SpEeChLeSs!!! gReAt BoOk!.Score: 5/5

DisappointedI hated the ending of this book!!!.Score: 1/5

Great bookLoved this book. Very captivating making it hard to put down. Great read all the way through..Score: 5/5

The best of meThis was such an amazing book, couldn't put it down! It kept you wanting to read, it was somewhat complex but overall amazing! 5+ stars!!!.Score: 5/5

Excellent read, as usual!!Sparks does not disappoint..Score: 5/5

Love, Love, LOVE!This is the best book I have ever read, Nicholas Sparks is wonderful. There needs to be a movie made..and it needs to follow the books plot exactly..Score: 5/5

Another heart wrenching bookAnother beautiful book by sparks. Tragic and hopeful. I highly recommend it.Score: 5/5

The best of meLoved LOVED this book! I read it all the same day I bought it, couldn't put it down!.Score: 5/5

The Best of MeI Love how Nicholas Sparks is adding a little suspense in his novels! The Best of Me takes you back to your 1st love/crush and keeps you holding on till the end. A perfect book that keeps your heart on edge and leaves you with a smile on your face:) Cant wait to read his next book!!!!.Score: 4/5

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