The Best Of Me

Paperback | August 7, 2012

byNicholas Sparks

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"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?

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"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 ...

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include 12 #1New York Timesbestsellers. All his books have beenNew York Timesand international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446547646

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Customer Reviews of The Best Of Me


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story This is a beautifully told story. Nicholas sparks never disappoints!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Great read! Really enjoyed reading this one!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crush My Soul, But I Suppose It Was Supposed To Beautiful story of love and loss, but the ending seemed sort of senseless. Being the emotional person that I am, the evening I finished the book ended in me throwing it across the room. I expected emotional, but this one just about destroyed me. Read at your own risk... just kidding, you'll probably enjoy it just fine, I'm just a bit of a wreck.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Should have been longer I'm a huge Nicholas Sparks fan, but this book was disappointing. A few negatives for me: too many characters, I really didn't feel the love between the two main characters and I felt the ending came too fast and was rushed leaving me wanting more. Maybe it would have been more convincing if it were a bit longer.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blown Away! This was my first book I read by Nicholas Sparks- I must say he's an incredible writer! I really hoped the ending would be different, but with that being said, reality has to kick in somewhere right?!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put down Finished this book in a a day, loved it!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best one yet! Great story about endless love. One of Nicholas Sparks best stories. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Nicolas Sparks definitely did it again! Such a touching love story that shows whats meant to be will happen.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He did it again! Another wonderful book by the one and only Nicholas Sparks. A beautiful story with a Romeo and Juliet vibe, Amanda the sweet girl with rich parents and Dawson the lone wolf guy with a abusive father and a family with a bad history. Which only makes the likelihood of there romance to last even more. Like the saying goes opposites attract, but there is so much passion and chemistry between these two it hurts. And what hurts even more is the world around them trying to tear them apart. It's a bitter sweet love story which is all the more to love. This book shows there romance when they were young, and how there lives have turned out over the years, and how the decisions they have made and how those decisions have effected there life's.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Love Story Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole were teenage sweethearts in 1984 small town North Carolina; from opposite sides of the tracks, their intense and beautiful romance didn’t really stand a chance. The Cole families are a bunch of hard drinking, woman beating, law breaking, and drug dealing bad boys, where as Amanda’s family are church going stand up citizens. Despite the odds, or maybe because they manage to find each other and fall in love, they spend a considerable time at old man Tuck’s garage where Dawson works. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly different paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined. When their old Friend and mentor Tuck dies, the pair are reunited in their hometown for the funeral. The grumpy yet crafty old man as left specific instructions as to how his final wishes are to be carried out, including a trip to him cabin as well as some personal letters. As expected the years apart haven’t hindered what Dawson and Amanda fell for each other despite that Amanda now has a husband and children. Dawson is another quiet, somewhat tortured hero of Sparks’ who you can’t help but fall for. He works on the oil rigs, has spent time in prison and has spent almost his entire life running from is ghastly family and their reputation and has never gotten over his one true love Amanda. It is a well-paced, touching love story, sometimes clichéd but not obvious or wearisome, but is mature and realistic. There are actually quite a few characters involved here and Sparks has again written this using multiple points of view which as the suspense factor increases get shorter and shorter, so towards the end you’re only getting about a paragraph from each character, increasing the tension level while he wove all the storylines together and leaves the reader guessing the outcome. In all, Nicholas Sparks still never really fails to show the main aspects in his novels. There are still the flashbacks, the memories, the tragedy and the everlasting love.
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't buy it! The book is disappointing. . Also the book is giving me the impression that the author wrote the book without knowing how to end it, and finally when he decided he made that in the last 10% of the book. 90% of the book is saying the same thing all over and, more than that, it is very predictable Do not buy it! Sorry! Language is basic. The last part, with the hospital, is written in a big rush, and the dialogue between mom and son is so lamentable.
Date published: 2012-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story This book was very touching and it made me cry. I really enjoyed the experience the characters went through if it was good or bad. I recommend this for who ever believes in second chances.
Date published: 2012-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for basically anyone! I haven't read a book in ages when I decided to purchase this one. I am aware of Nicholas Sparks' work and that he is a fantastic writer. After I had read the first chapter I knew the book was going to be fantastic. There were twists and surprises that kept you on the edge of your seat, wanting to know what was going to happen next. The ending was very touching and huge surprise to me! Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend it!
Date published: 2011-11-30