Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Best of Me - Nicholas Sparks (2011)

This was a spontaneous purchase. Its pure, typical Nicholas Sparks. Girl meets boy, boy is from side of the tracks and boy and girl are kept apart. Its reminiscent of Sparks' The Notebook and Piccoult's My Sister's Keeper. 

I liked it, but it wasn't a personal favourite. Towards the end, it got tearjerking, but managed to avoid cliché, which is always nice. A nice book to read, but nothing especially compelling or unique.

Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier were in love as teenagers. Dawson lived with a local mechanic, Tuck, to stay away from his abusive father and criminal family. But when Amanda's parents blackmailed her, Dawson ended the relationship so she can go to university. Dawson killed a local doctor soon after Amanda left, and was sent to prison despite the fact it was an accident. He still feels guilt and sends money to the family.

Years later, Tuck dies and the pair are asked by his lawyer to return to their hometown. Dawson has never gotten over Amanda and lives on his own at works constantly. Amanda has married and has kids. When Dawson returns, his family immediately are out to get him, the man who shamed them. Tuck's will leads them to a cottage, where the pair pick up where they left off. Amanda thinks about leaving her family, but can't and Dawson is again forced to live with her memory.

Amanda's son is in an accident and needs a heart transplant. Dawson goes to the pub and tries to save the son of the doctor he killed, but is shot by his cousin. Amanda's son gets a transplant, and the heart he is given was Dawson's.


  1. This story grabbed my attention from the first word to the last. The characters are very relatable, and were easy to fall in love with. Anyone who loves nicholas sparks's books will love this one as they loved the others.

  2. Are you a Sparks fan? I did love The Last Song and the Notebook.