Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: The Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks

"You might not understand but I gave you the best of me, and after you left nothing was ever the same.. I know you're afraid, and I'm afraid too."

Author: The Best of Me
Author: Nicholas Sparks
ISBN: 9780751542974
Publisher: Sphere/2011
Pages: 292

The Notebook was the first book I read by Nicholas Sparks and The Best of Me is the second one. I have not read anything in between except for watching Message in a Bottle, which too was by chance. I received The Notebook as a gift and Hachette India sent me The Best Of Me. 

It is about two teenagers who are from opposite sides of the tracks, love each other fiercely yet are forced apart. They come together again after 25 years to their hometown to attend the funeral of a person they both loved, but at different points of their lives. Amanda is married with three children and Dawson Cole has remained the way he was, single and very much alone. There is no place for anyone in his life. 

There are three stories running in this novel, which are all nicely tied up in the end. Tuck and Clara, who we know only via Dawson and Amanda's thoughts, Bonner family, who survives despite odds and Dawson Cole, who can't escape his family. And Amanda, who is torn up to make choices. 

One can't help liking Dawson better than Amanda, and although I guessed the ending, I didn't want it to go that way. There are moments which touched me and I was blown over by Dawson's selfless love for Amanda. I am not a fan of mushy romances but I think I will pick up more of Sparks' novels.


Unknown said...

Aw, how sweet :)

Here's mine:

Nise' said...

I have not read a Sparks books since Message In A Bottle. I do have this one on my stack.

CMash said...

I think I am the only person who has not read a Sparks book. However, I found an author who has been compared to him, Michael Baron, who I am currently reading one of his books now.

Yvonne said...

The Nicholas Sparks book sounds so good.

Anonymous said...

I've never read Sparks but have a few of his books on my shelves. Not sure which one to start with.

France said...

Love story was predictable but aren't they all. I loved it!I actually loved the way this book was written. Nicholas Sparks never seems to amaze me! Highly recommend it!