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The Best of Me
The Best of Me
Author: 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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780446547659
ISBN-10: 0446547654
Publication Date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 182 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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sweetnblissful avatar reviewed The Best of Me on + 88 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I was so excited to read this book and I love Nicholas Sparks, but I was sadly disappointed with this story. This book was very unrealistic and some what disappointing.
njmom3 avatar reviewed The Best of Me on + 1304 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/best-of-me.html

The Best of Me is the story of Dawson and Amanda - young love destined to last forever. She is from the "right" side of the tracks. He is from the "wrong" side of the tracks. They come together as teenagers, are forced apart by families, and reconnect many years later. It would seem like a typical Nicholas Sparks story from the sound of it.

Except that it's not. Added to this story is a mix of drugs, alcohol, violence, and some truly unsavory characters. That is completely unexpected in a Nicholas Sparks story and not in a good way. The appearance of characters like Ted and Abee is jarring and out of sync with the tone of the Dawson and Amanda's love story. It is like reading two different books.

The story is also melodramatic - accidents, alcoholism, guilt, injuries, threats, violence, ghosts, forgiveness, retribution. The different aspects do not fit well together to make a cohesive story. The ending, while not completely predictable, goes over the top in drama.

Perhaps the idea was to venture beyond the typical Nicholas Sparks story of family and love. Unfortunately, the shift from that focus is so great that it may leave fans of Nicholas Sparks wondering why the best of Nicholas Sparks is not found in this book.
reviewed The Best of Me on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
As all of Sparks' books do, this one kept me reading until late in the night. I could not put it down. The characters are more relatable than some of his other books. Loved it!
reviewed The Best of Me on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Haven't found a book of Nicholas Sparks I haven't liked yet & this one didn't disappoint me either. I think I have read every book he has written. Great author!
Kristalo avatar reviewed The Best of Me on + 70 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This book was okay, but not as good as his others. The story line was so-so, and the ending was just way too rushed.
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pj-s-bookcorner avatar reviewed The Best of Me on + 777 more book reviews
To me all of Nicholas Sparks are fairly predictable. This one, however, took on some darker elements in connection with the main male character. I enjoyed the book, as always. Love, hope, loss, promise are all recurring themes. A high school couple separated for decades are reunited for one weekend. The tragic events that ensue bring to light that sometimes, love transcends life. Very good read.
reviewed The Best of Me on + 45 more book reviews
I absolutely loved this book. It was a beautiful love story. I don't know what everybody else is talking about. But everybody has their opinion. Can't wait to read more of his books.
momx3 avatar reviewed The Best of Me on + 73 more book reviews
After reading this book I will never again waste my time reading something by Nicholas Sparks. Awful!! Wish I could give it minus stars.
retiredrn avatar reviewed The Best of Me on + 6 more book reviews
another heartful novel from Sparks
reviewed The Best of Me on + 5 more book reviews
I got this book yesterday and could hardly put it down. Another great book by an equally great author.
reviewed The Best of Me on + 132 more book reviews
Once again Nicholas Sparks writes another good story. He never fails to entertain me with his beautiful tales of love. Had to have Kleenex on hand. It was a bit predictable but still give it A plus!

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