Book Review: “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks


I started a book reading challenge with my local library! I get to try ten different books and get out of my reading comfort zone. Considering I am reading my way through Nora Roberts works and back again – I gladly accepted.

My first choice was to read a book that has been made into a Movie or TV Show – I chose “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks. I thought that this would be a great book to start off with because I was familiar with Nicholas Sparks’ work but didn’t read it on a regular basis.

The book was made into a movie in 2014 and despite my love of romantic movies, it was one that I have never seen. Another reason why I chose to read the book. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a love story told by one of the best.

Grabbing this book, I was attracted to the house displayed on the cover I knew it played a part in the story and the way the vines were taking over, the single metal chair, and the gorgeous planter displaying wildflowers gave me a warm feeling just imaging what it represented. Being a Nicholas Sparks book, I expected an epic love story and that is exactly what I got.

Dawson and Amanda were two high school sweethearts madly in love with each other despite being from opposite sides of the tracks. After twenty five years they are reunited for a funeral and discover the love they had for one another hasn’t been matched. Leading to the question, Can love rewrite the past?

What I really enjoyed about this book was the relatability. I was instantly able to see parts of myself in Dawson Cole, then as I met Amanda, I could see myself in her too. By relating to the characters I wasn’t able to put the book down because I had to know more. I had to know how they solved the problems that I connected with. It became a form of therapy. The foreshadowing was spot on. I had just enough intrigue but didn’t know what was going to happen until it did.

I definitely was moved by this book and felt the swell of emotion in my chest but the tears never came. Not until I finished the book did I realize I was waiting for the tears. I have read five other books by Nicholas Sparks that left me crying and vowing to never read them again to save myself from the sorrow. The only thing I can think of is I never had a high school sweetheart, my first love is my husband, and this is the first time that  I have read one of his books while being secure in my relationship and myself.

You should definitely read this book if your looking for a true love story with the up and downs that we all experience, not the fairy tale perfect world with problems that can easily be solved. That’s why I always enjoy a Nicholas Sparks book – he keeps it real and tackles the tough problems that aren’t so easy to solve.

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