Thursday, December 8

The Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks

The Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 304

Summary: 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 imagined . . . and 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.

My Thoughts: Oh come on, you know you have a soft spot for Nicholas Sparks, just like me. I love Nicholas Sparks books. I tend to read them as soon as they come out!

The Best Of Me, was not the best of Sparks. It just wasn't. It didn't suck me and want to drown me in tears.

We are introduced to Dawson and Amanda who were high school sweethearts. She is married now with three kids and he works on a rig, spending his nights alone. He spent some time in prison, never got married or had kids.

They are brought back to their hometown to mourn the loss of their friend Tuck. Tuck had quite a lot in store for them. He purposely asked his lawyer to bring them back to town together to do him a favor.

They see each other, and the feelings of course are still there. Amanda doesn't know how she will ever go back to her life knowing she still cares for him but she is married.

Of course we still get the flashbacks (normal Sparks territory here). and I enjoyed reading all about them.

The end of the book is where the real story is at. And Yes, its sad and heartbreaking.

The Best Of Me, just didn't do it for me. I almost quit halfway through but I didn't let myself. I wanted to finish this book, and by the end I could tell it clearly wasn't Sparks best work but it also wasn't drop dead horrible either. I'd say this book is a 3 Cupcake book. I did read it, and enjoyed parts of it, but some of it was just hit or miss for me.

Will I still go on to read his other books I haven't read? Yes. Will I read any new releases he writes? Of course.

Overall: I liked the plot somewhat. Maybe because they were older and had already made their choices, I didn't like it as much as I had hoped. I mean, they spent the last 20 years without each other and than were reacquainted. I just didn't love this book like others. It left me with the same feeling that Nights In Rodanthe did. Also didn't truly love that book either.

Cover: It's alright. It's kind of plain. It's too green for my taste. Not my favorite of his covers.

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