Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks | Review♥

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Best Of Me
Nicholas Sparks

Now a major motion movie!

  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 
  • Reprint edition (March 26, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0446547638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446547635
  • Genre: Literary Fiction/Romance
  • Buy It: Amazon | B & N 
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Synopsis: "Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen."

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths. Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew -- about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear -- was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?"

I've always been a fan of Nicholas Sparks, so of course I had to read this novel! I think he's an amazing writer, with many depressing novels.. This happens to be one of them. My favorite character would have to be Dawson Cole, he is the like the sweetest and kindest male character to ever probably exist. He has only made one unintentional mistake and regrets it, when people in real life don't even regret bad intentional actions. All he really wants is Amanda's happiness. 

  • Even now, I remember his character and the sacrifices he made, and it makes me teary. I feel Amanda didn't deserve him in any way possible. She was a good girl/woman sure, but kind of selfish. I feel she should have fought for Dawson not just when they were together in high school, but even the next time she saw him. I feel like she should have waited or at least tried to contact him throughout the years .. You're a forty year old something woman now, stop talking orders from your mother.
  • Dawson choose to stay away because he loved her, because her parents disapproved of him and their class differences. He just honored their wish. Honestly, Dawson never married, dated or even had any kind of contact with any woman after Amanda left. Twenty-five long years, imagine that. That's unrealistic. Why can't men like Dawson exist in real life?! I want to know from Nicholas Spark's - Why does the male always love the female much more than the female in his novels? Not cool.

  • In reality, the female seems to compromise and gives more. Thank you for providing an unrealistic man. I'm just kidding though, of course, there can be some exceptions. By the end of this novel, I was bawling over. This was an amazing story and it is well written. I didn't see the plot twist coming at first though. However. it became predictable at the near end since I'm familiar with his endings. Some people don't like the novel because of the ending, but I sort of disagree. Without this ending, it wouldn't be a Nicholas Spark's novel. I do wish it was a happy ending though.
  • Sparks is clearly talented, and I enjoyed this novel from the start to finish. I love most of his novels except maybe The Notebook. It's an engaging read, that had me flipping pages even early in the morning. I'm most definitely going to watch the movie, thank God I will be prepared this time for it. The story is similar to his other novels. Again, the ending some won't like, but I loved it.
  •  I would recommend reading the novel first, because the movies sometimes aren't as good as the books though. In the movie trailer, the forty two year old Dawson had short hair, while in the book he had long hair, so yes check out the book first. Minor differences count! The forty two year old Dawson looked much younger than the high school Dawson. I LOL'ed so hard at that part. It's 4 butterflies for me.

Disclosure: Review copy was sent free of charge from Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 


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26 comments:

  1. This novel is one of my favourites! xx

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    1. Yes, I love it as well! Thank you♥

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  2. Definitely need to read this! I love anything by Nicholas Sparks.
    Becky x
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  3. I love Nicholas Spark's writing but I've only read The Last Song which I adored :) However I have been meaning to read more of his books because I've watched most of the movies and I know it's bad lol. I loved this post and you've done a great job.

    Have a lovely day!

    Tanya @ A Book Paradise

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    1. I happen to love most of his books, but they're always so depressing and emotional. I love how his stories are always about giving to others x Thank you love♥

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  4. I have never read a Nicholas Spark's novel before, but I have heard so many things about them! And an awful lot of them seem to be movies. After reading this review, I know I need to try one of his books soon :3

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    1. You should try them, it gives a good cry too :) I cried in this one, The Vow, and Dear John.♥

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  5. Eeeep! I have this read coming up very soon, and then I can finally watch the movie! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful thoughts on this book -- you have me even more excited to start it. Have an amazing weekend, lovely <3

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    1. Aww I hope you like it and it doesn't fail to impress, have a great weekend as well ♥

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  6. I really want to read this, and am definitely going to take your recommendation of reading the book first! Fab review :) x
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    1. Thank you love, hope you enjoy reading it ♥

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  7. I need to read some of Nicholas Spark's novels!

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  9. Great review. I feel like men are more likely to be unrealistic in books whereas women are more realistic. But I'm okay with it, after all it's fiction.

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    1. Yes, that's so true. Thank you though♥

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  10. Great review! I never read a Spark book but I am curious to see how I would like them. This one sounds a pretty great one to start. =)

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    1. Thank you love♥ Hope you like this one!

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  11. I can't imagine any guy going 25 years without touching a woman.... It doesn't seem realistic. Glad to see that you enjoyed it though. I haven't seen the movie, but you have me curious about it now!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Yes, I agree - it's a bit unrealistic but thought this was a lovely book.

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