TITLE: The Best of Me
AUTHOR: Nicholas Sparks
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing
PUBLICATION DATE: October 11, 2011
The Best of Me is a romance genre novel based upon heart breaking yet touching tale of two lovers, Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier who fall in love with each other during their school days and somehow gets apart due to the wide difference in their family backgrounds. Amanda Collier belongs to a high class rich family, having a respectable position in Oriental town while Dawson Cole rose in a family of Moonshiners and drug dealers and alcoholics. The story makes them meet once again after two decades in their common friend Tuck’s funeral.
Nicholas sparks has portrayed the characters of Dawson and Amanda carrying their lives separately in present phase. Dawson who is a loner figure and Amanda leads her life with her husband, Frank whom she marries later and her three kids. Meanwhile, both are individually haunted by ghosts in their worlds, which are memories of their past when they were together wholly in love. They are asked by their minds constantly what it would have been if they were together. And now when finally fate makes them stand together again, they are flabbergasted and find themselves engrossed in each other’s love.
The novel also compromises of two antagonists Abbe and Ted who are from Dawson’s family and want to kill him though they don’t count much to the story. Sparks has narrated the incidents in a very relatable manner as usually he always accomplishes in pulling our heartstrings. Most of the part of the book depicts their post separation time as compared to when they were young lovers. The story will surely take you to the dwindling moods between positive and negative ending, whether the lovers will spend their remaining life together or not. Dawson being the complex yet interesting character of the book may make you fall in love with him due to his love and genuineness towards everyone, and how he gives the best of him to Amanda despite the not so suitable circumstances.
The Best of Me is an enthralling novel on love and heartbreak and one should really pick if one is a Romance lover, and might be ready to shed some tears at the end of the book. It’s an easy read and emphasizes more significance on unconditional love that two hearts share forever though they are never destined to meet. Once you start reading this book, it’s surely unputdownable.
My Ratings: 5/5