As a huge fan of romantic and sappy novels, I’ve always had a soft spot for Nicholas Sparks books. Ever since I read “The Notebook”, it has been hard to say no to picking up and reading his books. That being said, there have been a few on his resume that were not very good. This is not the case with “The Best of Me.” It had been some time since I’ve read something this romantic and hadn’t planned on doing so for some time going forward. My fellow book nerd, Carol, convinced me to read it upon quite a high recommendation after she finished it herself.
Delving into another Sparks novel, I hastily flipped through the first few chapters. We are introduced to Dawson and Amanda, a pair of young lovers on the cusp of destroying her future in their small gossipy town. Dawson is the prototypical bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, working his butt off to try to outrun his family’s bad reputation. Amanda is a smart young girl from a distinguished and upper class family, and one of the prettiest girls in town. She relies on Dawson to calm her down when she is upset, especially after her parents demand that she break up with him or they won’t send her to college. He tells her that he’ll only ruin her life. Throwing his own happiness out the window, he does what he thinks is best for the girl he loves.
Twenty years later, they see each other again at the house of a man named Tuck, who was their link to each other over the years. Tuck had taken Dawson in back in their teenage years and protected him from his horrible family. He had also been there for Amanda during her visits to her parents’ house over the long years and he had become her confidant. It’s as if no time has passed and the sparks fly between them as they begin to catch up with one another. They realize that the feelings they had for one another are still very much alive and have to figure out if this time, they should leave everything behind for each other or continue on their separate paths….
Without ruining anything for you, the reader, this book is the first one since Dumbledore died in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince that has made me cry. It is an amazing real-life adventure of two young lovers, who have grown up and found each other again. For any of you who love a good read about love and how it defines us as people, should pick this book up. According to Nicholas Sparks’ website, a movie version of this book will be available sometime in 2014. I hope to see all of you in the theatre.