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The Best Of Me

by Nicholas Sparks

Grand Central Publishing | August 7, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Best Of Me is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
"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

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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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

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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 #1 New York Times bestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice coming in February 2016.