The Best of Me - Nicholas Sparks

The Best of Me

Author: Nicholas Sparks

  • Publication Date: 2011-10-11
  • Category: Contemporary
4 Score: 4
(From 4,699 Ratings)


Get swept up in a timeless story of lost dreams and redemption, in which former high school sweethearts get a second chance at first love--from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks.

"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?


  • Amazing

    By Mandapere0922
    I really enjoyed this book I know some people didn’t like the ending or the outcome. But I enjoyed the ending and this story. This book is about two teenagers Amanda and Dawnson who loved each other. But couldn’t be together because of Amanda’s family didn’t like Dawnson or his family. Then old friend of theirs passes away. And some surprises come into the story. I recommend this book it’s lovely story.
  • It was Ok

    By cdav39
    I hate to say it but the movie was much better than the book. I'm an avid reader and have liked several of his books. This was not my favorite. It wasn't bad but I expected more.
  • The Best of Me

    By Kilosss
    One of the best books I have ever read!! Amazing!
  • Omg!!!!

    By Uhmaziinq_x3x3
    This book is so amazing I just couldn't put it down!!! The ending had my eyes watery ! Gosh I read three of his books and loved them all can't wait til read them all
  • Great Book

    By Nessa0564
  • Amazing

    By Bella Bud
    Such a good read. Emotional, heartwarming, and exciting.
  • The Best of Me

    By Nannerz58
    This is the first negative review I have ever submitted. This is a ridiculous ending!!!! Nobody reads a romance with an unhappy ending. Won't be reading this author's books in the future.
  • The Best of Me

    By vlugo146
    Great read! Couldn't put it down, excellent story and I really enjoyed how it was told. Very interesting characters and I liked how I was able to see each of their points of view.
  • Pulls the heartstrings.

    By ginaslibrary
    Nicholas Sparks is known to pull on your heart strings with his stories. The Best of Me is no exception. Do you ever really get over your first true love? We tend to always remember and relive events of that relationship in your minds and hearts. Dawson and Amanda are no different. They are the typical star cross lovers with Dawson being the typical boy from the wrong side of the tracks. They grow up and lead their own separate lives until the passing of a mutual friend. Suddenly they are back where it all started. Will they rekindle their romance? Is it too late for these two? I loved reading about Dawson and Amanda. I found myself rooting for them time and time again. This was an easy read and got lost in the story.
  • Love it

    By babytigger05
    Amazing book