I’ve always loved Nicholas Sparks’ books – ever since I read The Notebook and The Last Song. Recently I’ve been on something of a Nicholas Sparks marathon, so today I’ve decided to review one I really enjoyed – The Best of Me. I literally could not put it down once I started, I was obsessed.
The Best of Me follows two characters, Dawson and Amanda, who were once close, after they find themselves reunited when an old mentor to both of them passes away. They’ve both led separate lives since high school – Amanda is married with children and Dawson has spent the last few years working on an oil rig, and not spending much time with people. They are tempted to try to rewrite their ending, until a series of unchangeable events makes the choice for them.
I loved this book, but be warned. If sad and romantic isn’t your thing, you won’t like this. It is a tissues-at-hand kind of book, like many of Nicholas Sparks’ others. I, personally, like those kind of books but I know they aren’t for everyone. If you enjoy them, then I would definitely recommend reading this.
Some thing I really loved about this book was how I grew to care about the characters, and that drove me to read until I got to the end. I think that’s a really big strength to Nicholas Sparks’ writing, as he writes about quite basic events and plots, but the characters he creates are so relatable, but with such extraordinary qualities that I just couldn’t stop thinking about them.
I also liked how every last detail came together at the end of the story, with plot twists at the very end that I hadn’t predicted. There were no holes left, no details left open – exactly what you want in a book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I’d rate it a solid 8/9 out of ten – the ending wasn’t exactly what I would have chosen, but it was still very fitting and it did make a lot of sense to the plot.
My verdict? Read this book!