The Best Of Me

by Nicholas Sparks

Grand Central Publishing | August 7, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Best Of Me is rated 4.08571428571429 out of 5 by 35.
"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?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 in

Published: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446547646

ISBN - 13: 9780446547642

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story Nicholas sparks has a way with words. This novel is not your typical love story, it teaches you the hardships of rekindling love and how time can get the best of you. This novel will make you even more addicted to Sparks then ever before
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best of me Another amazing book I couldn't put down. I thought the ending would have been different but it was still good.
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too sad The guy had already a sad life. He deserved a better ending. There were other ways he could have made it more dramatic.in fact most of his books end in tragedy.maybe I won't read anymore
Date published: 2015-02-15
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 4 out of 5 by from Nicholas Sparks Nicholas Sparks ALWAYS makes me cry. I even stopped reading once I figured out what was going to happen. But I finished it and bawled, but it was, as usual, a very moving story.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Got Me Omg! Nick" my boy" this is why I love ❤ reading his novels. Very well done!!
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sparks at his best Don't read this type of book often, but I am glad I read this. It pulls at the heartstrings in all the right times, classic Nicholas Sparks . Very enjoyable for an afternoon read
Date published: 2014-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! Another good read by Nicholas Sparks
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good This book is a typical Nicholas Sparks book! Won't disappoint if you're looking for the heart-touching, emotional, loving novel!
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Best Of Me Good book! Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to see the movie.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best of me Not what I normally read, but pretty good book. Pleasantly surprised
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I have always been a fan of Mr. Sparks, and he did not disappoint again..brilliantly written. I look so forward to seeing the movie!
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Best of Me Good book. Predictable though so I was a little disappointed.
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love it couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best of Me. Looking forward to the movie adaptation of this book.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of Me Great read, anxious for movie!
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Best of Me Worth reading a second time!#
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Good characters and overall story line. Quite predictable.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best of me Easy read nice story.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The best oF me It was great but dragged towards end
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best of Me Another Sparks Success
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great typical Sparks love story
Date published: 2014-04-19
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 4 out of 5 by from Good Read! I can see a handful of reviews weren't too fond of this one from Sparks but I enjoyed it! It is another love story of two teenagers that can't be together and find each other again, kind of like "The Notebook" but this one had a twist that I certainly enjoyed. Sparks is definitly one of my favorites and this novel didn't disappoint! It is like a lot of Sparks books, a sad story, but its almost impossible to put down. I was up till 3am one night finishing this book to see what happens in the end! You will not be disappointed by this one!
Date published: 2012-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Okay Read Story Description: "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? My Review: Dawson Cole comes from an extremely dysfunctional family. Pretty much all of the males, including father, uncles, and cousins, have spent time in prison for violent crimes. Dawson himself spent 4 years in prison for accidentally running down the town’s doctor who was out jogging at the time he was hit. When Dawson is released from prison he moves far away from his hometown in Oriental and moves to Louisiana where has worked on an oil rig for the past number of years. He is almost killed when an explosion occurs on the rig but he was fortunate to escape unscathed. Amanda Collier was Dawson’s first love and only love as a teenager. She is now married and has children. Dawson and Amanda haven’t seen each other in twenty years until they both receive a phone call from a lawyer in Oriental asking them both to come to his office on a certain day and at a certain time that their good friend, Tuck Hostetler, has passed away. Dawson doesn’t know that Amanda has been invited and Amanda doesn’t know Dawson has been invited. They have both been called to the lawyers’ office to carry out some specific wishes left by Tuck and he made it clear in his writings that he wanted both Dawson and Amanda present. Tuck was a mechanic who had taken Dawson in to live with him when he was a teenager so he could escape his father and cousins’ severe beatings. There are 3 letters left by Tuck for Amanda and Dawson. One is to be read when together only after they drive a few hours to a specific destination and the other 2 are to be read individually by Dawson and Amanda. Not only does Dawson have to cope with the stress of seeing the woman he still loves after all these years, dealing with the grief over losing Tuck, and having to spread his ashes, he must also face his cousins Ted and Abee who are out for revenge on Dawson for the beating Dawson gave them years before. Ted wants him dead!! And, Abee is caught up in a romance of his own with a girl, Candy, who works at the Tidewater Bar and things deteriorate and come to a head inside that bar one fateful night. This was a good read but I don’t think it is one of Sparks’ best. It’s a great story with a good storyline but lacked his usual flair. I would still recommend it to my friends though.
Date published: 2012-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fan This is my first Nicholas Sparks book and I guess I discovered by reading this that I am NOT a fan. I didnt really like it most of the way through but when I got to the end, I really didn't like it. That's actually a huge understatement. If I had been reading a paper book instead of an ebook, I would have read the last page and pitched it across the room. As it was I had to remind myself that I love my ebook and it wasnt worth smashing it over. But it was close. I'll never read another, that's for sure.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from His worst work I'm a fan of Nicholas Sparks, I really am. That being said, I found this book to be an absolute disappointment. I feel like he has no ideas left! His books always follow the same pattern; boy & girl are together against society's wishes, something happens, they end up together and/or someone dies. I feel like Sparks' editor sees his name on the manuscript and approves it without reading. In excellent books, I lose myself in the characters. Wtih N.S, I always feel like it is Sparks as a character. They aren't believable, and though the names differ, I always feel like I've met these characters in his other books. It says in the foreward that this book was difficult to write. I think it needed more polishing or maybe a complete overhaul. There is a point in the book where I knew exactly how it was going to end. When it did end up that way, I wanted to throw the book across the room. If you are looking for a Nicholas Sparks book, pass on this one, and check out The Guardian. At least that one has added elements that differ from his norm. I think this book attempted the mystery that makes The Guardian magical, but he sorely missed the mark this time.
Date published: 2012-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I absolutely loved this book. I really enjoyed reading the book and found it so difficult to put down. All I wanted to do was keep reading. The way Nicholas Sparks wrote the book makes you want to keep reading because of all the suspense. I also liked how he wrote in the perspectives of the different characters. You don't just get one person's side of the story. A huge reason why I also enjoyed this book so much is because I related to it. Amanda and Dawson's story and relationship seemed familiar to me and I was able to feel the emotions that they were experiencing. The book was an absolute tearjerker as well. Amazing book! You will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I just finished reading this book two minutes ago. I found that I read the last half of the book really quickly, in a matter of two hours. What I love about Spark's books, is that the characters and plots always come together so perfectly in the end. Every scene, character and personality had a meaning to the story. There is clearly a lot of thought put into is writing. That being said, I did find that the ending was too predictable. I knew what was going to happen before it was even written. The ending did bring me to tears at times, and pulls at your heartstrings. I would give the story 5 stars for the soul reason that I loved it so much, even if it was predictable.
Date published: 2011-12-14
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is another excellent book by Nicholas Sparks. It will keep you guessing until the end and still you won't figure it out till it happens!!! I've read all his books and this is one of my favorite!!!!
Date published: 2011-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First Love Revisited I like the stories Nicholas Sparks tells, but I find I'm distracted by his writing style. Who am I to criticize a New York Times Bestselling Author? But really, the first three chapters were all backstory. He uses passive writing. Almost every paragraph he overuses the word "had", sometimes ten times. If you aren't as criticical as me, you may really enjoy this book. Sad in parts, but realistic, too. It's true there is something about a first love that you compare all others to. The story is about regrets and choices and committments.
Date published: 2011-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishing as usual... Tried to read this book slowely but ended up finishing it over night... Blows my mind how this man writes love stories, Takes me away for a while. The ending has a qreat twist to it with a bitter-sweet feeling on those very last pages.The charactors are wonderful together and remind me of some friends of mine. Very lovely. A mix between his previous "The Notebook" with the everlasting love, and "A Walk to Remember" for the loss and sadness.
Date published: 2011-10-22

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The Best Of Me

The Best Of Me

by Nicholas Sparks

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 in

Published: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446547646

ISBN - 13: 9780446547642

About the Book

In the spring of 1984, two high school students fell deeply, irrevocably in love. 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 until they meet again 25 years later.

From the Publisher

"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?

About the Author

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 pictures, withThe Choicecoming in February 2016.