EDIT view spoiler DON T READ THIS BOOK IF YOU RE LIKE ME AND THOUGHT MAYBE NICHOLAS SPARKS COULD WRITE A NOVEL WITHOUT KILLING OFF ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS hide spoiler Is that better for you people rolls eyes The Best of Me is a novel about two high school sweethearts, Amanda and Dawson, who went their separate ways after high school and are reunited for one weekend when they learn of the sudden passing of their mentor, Tuck I was intrigued by this book from the beginning because I EDIT view spoiler DON T READ THIS BOOK IF YOU RE LIKE ME AND THOUGHT MAYBE NICHOLAS SPARKS COULD WRITE A NOVEL WITHOUT KILLING OFF ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS hide spoiler Is that better for you people rolls eyes The Best of Me is a novel about two high school sweethearts, Amanda and Dawson, who went their separate ways after high school and are reunited for one weekend when they learn of the sudden passing of their mentor, Tuck I was intrigued by this book from the beginning because I felt like that s kind of every woman s fantasy to have a weekend to rekindle lost memories with your love from when you were young anyways, as I was reading along I thought the book was good, but just good At the beginning Nicholas Sparks wrote this little acknowledgment where he thanked what seemed like every person he encounters every day and he incorporated the names of all of the past novels he has written I think that was my favorite part of the book And it wasn t even a part of the book haha As it got towards the end, I knew that someone was about to be killed off and I got really angry and almost didn t even want to finish the book Like seriously, Sparks Really How hard is it to write a book where none of the main characters die I don t know why I expected anything different from him, and I m beginning to think he is a soulless novelist who just sits at his little desk in North Carolina pining over which character he s going to kill off next.That s all I have to say about that 2.5 stars I always feel cheated when I get to the end of a Nicholas Sparks book I don t know why I keep reading them He has such a magical way with romance but then he rips the happily ever after away I love the descriptions and landscapes in this book Sparks creates the perfect backdrops for love and creates the perfect moments that most mere mortals can only dream about Then the characters and the reader have to pay the price for stealing such perfection by haveing it become nothing b 2.5 stars I always feel cheated when I get to the end of a Nicholas Sparks book I don t know why I keep reading them He has such a magical way with romance but then he rips the happily ever after away I love the descriptions and landscapes in this book Sparks creates the perfect backdrops for love and creates the perfect moments that most mere mortals can only dream about Then the characters and the reader have to pay the price for stealing such perfection by haveing it become nothing but a memory.This is how the book should have ended and how I will have it end in my mind I think it is slightlyrealistic than the actual ending.Amanda and Dawson go back to their lives and their responsibilities after their life changing weekend Amanda has re discovered the long buried, adventurous, head strong, parts of herself that she really likes She sticks it out with Frank until her youngest child graduates from High School Then like a lot of couples, they throw in the towel Dawson lets go of the guilt from his past and finds peace, having received forgiveness and taken care of his horrible cousins without getting shot of course He buys Tucks cute little cottage He gets a safer job and a nicer trailer Shortly after her divorce, Amanda finds her way to him, showing up out of the blue one day and they live happily ever after Amanda and Dawson fell in love in high school even though they were quite different Amanda was the popular type from a rich family, while Dawson struggled with problems at home Amanda s parent s aren t accepting of her relationship with Dawson which causes multiple problems They spend some quality time together and then they must part Time moves forward and Dawson has been away for quite some time Out of the blue, he receives a phone call from a lawyer letting him know that someone from bac Amanda and Dawson fell in love in high school even though they were quite different Amanda was the popular type from a rich family, while Dawson struggled with problems at home Amanda s parent s aren t accepting of her relationship with Dawson which causes multiple problems They spend some quality time together and then they must part Time moves forward and Dawson has been away for quite some time Out of the blue, he receives a phone call from a lawyer letting him know that someone from back home has passed away He doesn t really want to go back and plans ahead of time to make the trip as short as possibleQuick trip, in and out He d do what he had to do and didn t plan on hanging around any longer than he had to He might have been raised in Oriental, but he d never really belonged there The Oriental he knew was nothing like the cheery image advertised by the area Visitors Bureau Once back in Oriental, the memories flood in and he unexpectedly meets with Amanda for the first time in nearly 20 years.To me, this book is similar to The Notebook as it follows some of the same themes I adore it nearly as much This is a coming of age story I simply couldn t put down with strong characters and beautiful writing I loved the characters, especially Tuck I think he was my favorite If you re a person who enjoys reading love stories with plenty of drama and emotion, this book s for you I normally don t go for mass market paperbacks in fact I never do but this edition you see above has photos from the movie which I enjoyed Nicholas Sparks will always be a favorite author and this is a favorite for sure.5 PLEASE DON T READ IF YOU DON T WANT THE STORY SPOILED I was sooo beyond disappointed with this book It had me all the way up to chapter 21, I kept thinking how is he going to get them together well he didn t That s how I got excited when it seemed that Amanda was going to meet him at the cemetery only for her to turn right and go home Which I guess was ok since she was almost home when she received word of the accident, but she stayed with Frank even after No no no I feel that Amanda wa PLEASE DON T READ IF YOU DON T WANT THE STORY SPOILED I was sooo beyond disappointed with this book It had me all the way up to chapter 21, I kept thinking how is he going to get them together well he didn t That s how I got excited when it seemed that Amanda was going to meet him at the cemetery only for her to turn right and go home Which I guess was ok since she was almost home when she received word of the accident, but she stayed with Frank even after No no no I feel that Amanda was weak and a coward Dawson stayed alone all those years thinking of no one but her, and she admitted that even on her wedding day she was unsure she should marry Frank, but she did it anyway Why didn t she ever go and look for Dawson Why didn t she just stay alone and be a teacher Even at 42 she couldn t stand up to her mother which was very disappointing It s not like they had to stay in Oriental, they could have lived anywhere And then those letters from Tuck UGH It was clear that Dawson would have continued to wait for her to make her decision, while she would have clearly kept him waiting She kept asking what should I do And in her letter Tuck lets her have it and she still does the oppositeat least in The Notebook , Ally went back to Noah and they grew old together I heard this book will be a movie in 2014 but honestly I will not be watching.horrible, horrible book Dawson gave the best of himself that s for sure, which Amanda selfishly took until he could give noOkmy rant is over 3 Mediocre StarsAmanda and Dawson were High School sweethearts Destined for different things, their relationship was bound to fail And it did Big time Amanda went to an Ivy League University and Dawson Well, he went to Jail Needless to say, that was the end of that.Years later, the funeral of Dawson s mentor brings them together again Dawson is still single, and has never married Amanda is a married mother of three That magic they shared together however, well, it s still there How cou 3 Mediocre StarsAmanda and Dawson were High School sweethearts Destined for different things, their relationship was bound to fail And it did Big time Amanda went to an Ivy League University and Dawson Well, he went to Jail Needless to say, that was the end of that.Years later, the funeral of Dawson s mentor brings them together again Dawson is still single, and has never married Amanda is a married mother of three That magic they shared together however, well, it s still there How could it not be They thought they d be together forever, but alas, life doesn t always work out they way they planned Every once in a while I pick up a Nicholas Sparks book or listen to an audiobook on a whim What can I say except that he s still got it I enjoyed this audio but I didn t quite love it as I didn t quite feel the chemistry between Amanda and Dawson and of course, I knew what to expect as the novel wore on Still, though it was a nice enjoyable novel and I can say that I ll be back forThanks to Overdrive for the audiobook.Published on Goodreads on 9.25.19 After meeting the author Nicholas Sparks last October 28th here in Manila and get him to sign my book, i started reading his latest novel which is obviously entitled The Best Of Me I tried so hard to refrain myself in reading this though it was really hard for me because i m really curious about it So here it goes, the book is definitely good As the same as his other novels it is filled with flashbacks and old memories that in due time came back to the protagonists of the story It was one After meeting the author Nicholas Sparks last October 28th here in Manila and get him to sign my book, i started reading his latest novel which is obviously entitled The Best Of Me I tried so hard to refrain myself in reading this though it was really hard for me because i m really curious about it So here it goes, the book is definitely good As the same as his other novels it is filled with flashbacks and old memories that in due time came back to the protagonists of the story It was one of the most touching story I ve ever read and it is also one of those who makes me cry the whole time I finished reading it the other night at around 11pm and guess what my eyes are scorching red from tears after reading it It makes me feel sad as well as happy because even in a small span of time while reading it i was able to fit myself in Amanda and Dawson s shoes I felt how they felt during the hard times and feel the happiness and love they feel whenever they are together I guess this story just moves me a little for i m a big sucker for romantic things and love Silly me for crying at this but my tears just started pouring especially when Amanda protagonist says this line Please don t ask me to go with you, because if you do, I ll go Please don t ask me to tell Frank about us, because i ll do that, too Please don t ask me to give up my responsibilities or break up my family I love you, and if you love me, too, then you just can t ask me to do these things Because I don t trust myself enough to say no In all, Nicholas Sparks still never really fail to show the main aspects of his novels There s still the flashbacks, the memories, the tragedy and the everlasting love This story would surely move you and touch those little heart strings of yours YEY WATCH OUT FOR CHAPTER 15 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 imaginedand 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 I gave you the best of me, and after you left, nothing was ever the samesobs This book isn t fair Right now my emotions are all over the place I don t even know if I could write a decent review.But heck, Nicholas Sparks did it again Everything in this book is remarkable Told in multiple POVs, I found this book totally engaging and emotionally driven I fell in love right from the beginning up to the end With Nicholas Sparks beautiful lines and plot, I could never stop admiring how gI gave you the best of me, and after you left, nothing was ever the samesobs This book isn t fair Right now my emotions are all over the place I don t even know if I could write a decent review.But heck, Nicholas Sparks did it again Everything in this book is remarkable Told in multiple POVs, I found this book totally engaging and emotionally driven I fell in love right from the beginning up to the end With Nicholas Sparks beautiful lines and plot, I could never stop admiring how great a storyteller he is I like the idea of childhood sweethearts reuniting again after so many years This book, however, is different, because the reunion may or may not give them a chance to be together for a lifetime That s the reason why I love this book It doesn t guarantee a happy ending and yet it totally surprises you with its beautiful, heart felt message.I found the plot twist predictable, however But all in all, there s no denying that it s one of the utterly brilliant tales ever told by this magnificent author I know it was published years ago, but if you want a Nicholas Sparks feels one of these days, you might want to consider this book And oh, it has a movie adaptation which I will definitely watch Rating 4 Stars I used to love Nicholas Sparks Dear John is one of my favorite books because of how deeply it touched me and spoke about true love But it s the last book of his that I ve absolutely adored that way The Lucky One was a nice little story, and The Last Song touched me simply because, at the time, my father was dying of cancer Safe Haven reminded me too much of The Guardian, and this book, The Best of Mewhere do I start First of all, by the time I had gotten to page 90, I d already read sever I used to love Nicholas Sparks Dear John is one of my favorite books because of how deeply it touched me and spoke about true love But it s the last book of his that I ve absolutely adored that way The Lucky One was a nice little story, and The Last Song touched me simply because, at the time, my father was dying of cancer Safe Haven reminded me too much of The Guardian, and this book, The Best of Mewhere do I start First of all, by the time I had gotten to page 90, I d already read several peoples points of views I hated that In some stories, pov switching is effective, but not in this case I liked the story between Dawson and Amanda, but the ending was cliche and predictable Sparks usually knows how to kill off a character and it be effective, but this was just stupid to be honest Sparks is a great writer and I have respect for his craft, but he needs to stop worrying about writing books that will turn into movies and get back to the roots of his talent Start being a storyteller again As a struggling writer, I looked up to him because of how well rounded his characters are and how touching the stories are especially Dear John, The Notebook, and Message in a Bottle but this book is, to be put bluntly, a catastrophe and I hope he gets out of the movie business and back into the book business Let me begin by saying that I listened to this book driving HOME from Canada 12 hr drive people and it kept me awake so thank you to Nicholas, BUT I am pretty sick of Nicholas Sparks, his books are sooooo predictable but it was 10,000 times worse because of the man reading it UGH He could NOT do voices and I found myself rolling my eyes and laughing out loud because he was sooo bad Seriously, where do they find these readers I want that job.Dear Nicholas,I m sure you are a nice ma Let me begin by saying that I listened to this book driving HOME from Canada 12 hr drive people and it kept me awake so thank you to Nicholas, BUT I am pretty sick of Nicholas Sparks, his books are sooooo predictable but it was 10,000 times worse because of the man reading it UGH He could NOT do voices and I found myself rolling my eyes and laughing out loud because he was sooo bad Seriously, where do they find these readers I want that job.Dear Nicholas,I m sure you are a nice man and I ve always imagined that you write your wife the sweetest love letters and I have loved many of your books I saw THE LUCKY ONE twice in the theatre and I loved MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE even though you killed Kevin Costner and THE NOTEBOOK is the only movie I have ever like better than the book but I think I am going to have to break up with you.We ve had some good times, lots of laughs, many tears and hours and hours of pure entertainment but I think this is the end of our journey I feel like we have grown apart It s me, it s not you I know you will still have lots of loyal readers and will be very happy.Thanks for all of the good times,Smiles,Makita