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The Best of Me
The Best of Me
Author: Nicholas Sparks
They were teenage sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks - with a passion that would change their lives for ever. But life would force them apart. Years later, the lines they had drawn between past and present are about to slip ...Called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter when they needed it mo...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780751542974
ISBN-10: 0751542970
Publication Date: 7/1/2012
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Sphere
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 2
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sweetnblissful avatar reviewed The Best of Me on + 81 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 + 1208 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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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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