Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 11, 2011)
THE BEST OF ME is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they've taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.
The Best of Me is about two old high school sweethearts who found the way to each other’s arms after years of being separated. Both of them had their own lives, until something happened that they needed to go back.
Two things are very predictable with Nicholas Sparks’ novels: (1) someone is going to die (2) it is heartbreaking. I waited long for The Best of Me only to be disappointed. Is it only me? Because I have noticed that his past few novels were clichés.
Although Safe Haven was great because it was different than the rest on his booklist. There was a nice element of suspense and not to mention a ghost among the characters. It was so good that he once again repeated it this time with The Best of Me, the ghost story and some goons as villains. There were unnecessary characters that the story could have been better without. The dialogues were great as usual. They were really amazing, he can still write those words that can break your heart, although I didn’t shed a tear till the end. The ending was predictable, you would know who-did-what and what-happens-next.
But anyway, I will still read his future novels, perhaps they will be more better because he had written beautiful stories in the past. To end, The Best of Me is a book that a typical Nicholas Sparks’ fan will read and enjoy. Just don’t set your expectations too high for another tear-jerker novel with a surprising twists.
There's a lot of magic between you, ain't no denying that. And magic makes forgettin' hard
Change isn’t always for the best
People in pain don’t always see things as clearly as they should
Comfort and familiarity were wonderful but they also dulled passion and excitement. Predictability and habit made surprises almost impossible.
They love each other enough to have found a way to stay together, even after she was gone.
The past can be escaped only by embracing something better.