The Best of Me – Nicholas Sparks

The Best of Me – Nicholas Sparks front cover

About the Author

The Best of Me is an American novel, written by Nicholas Sparks. According to Little Brown book group, the book has been translated into more than 40 languages. It was published on 11th October 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. The Best of Me was ranked 2nd in the top 10 overall from publishers weekly.

My Thoughts

True Love

Everyone thrives for true love, but they are very few lucky ones who actually find it. Some can only just dream about it. Now –a- days, we find young couples claiming that they are deeply in love with each other, and after a few months you find them walking their own separate ways. Love just seems to be fancy words for most of them. Keeping a girlfriend or a boyfriend just seems to be like style or status symbol on whatsapp, facebook or any other social media platforms. The most popular boys date the most popular and beautiful girl of the college. Our young generations laugh at the old styles of romance.

Those long love letters, dancing in the rain, those romantic songs, long walks on the beach during sunsets, all this seems the scenes from the movies now. No one believes in them anymore.

Destiny/Faith/Endless Love

Sometimes, we do come across some lovers that show love is stills possible in this world of style and status. Everything seems right about them, they know everything about the each other, they laugh and cry together, he knows to take care of her childish tantrums, and she knows when to give him space. Both stand up for each other’s good or bad times. Looking at them you really wish if you would have someone like that, who would be there for you all the time.

Then one fine day, you come to know that everything has ended. Destiny played its cards; two people who were bound for each other are gone. Their love each other is lost forever. Sometimes, Destiny makes you meet someone, who changes your lives forever even when they are out of your life. Their love being so strong for each other wouldn’t hold up the test of time. Both are separated from each other forever.

They keep on thinking what we would have done differently. If they weren’t meant for each other, why did they meet in the first place? Who can predict faith? Who knows why destiny brought them together? No one has the answer for this.

The storyline

The story is about Dawson and Amanda and their everlasting love for each other. Both are destine to do great things in life. But Dawson’s family are involved with selling drug and other illegal activities. Dawson is not interested in his family business. He is in love with Amanda and he is looking towards a great future with her. But everything changes when Dawson’s best friend Bobby dies.

What I like about the Novel

The story of everlasting love of two people, who is destine to be together and have a beautiful future together. But faith or we can destiny has some other plans for them. Amanda is sweet and rich girl. She wants to be a child protection lawyer. She wants a small family and a happy ever after. Dawson is a serious and very intelligent guy. He wants to get away from his family. Both fall in love each other and would have a bright future ahead.

Couple so perfect for each other, I really wished I would find someone so perfect for me. While reading I remembered something, once my friend said, “you are meant to find your soul mate, but you cannot be with them.” When I heard it, it really sounds stupid. This is what happens to Amanda and Dawson? They were soul mates. Then why destiny took them apart from each other.

The heart break

Dawson goes to jail for Bobby’s murder. But he would have hold on to Amanda. Why he had to push her away? She was waiting for him even when he was in jail. May be love doesn’t to always hold on to each other, it also means to sacrifice. Dawson saw the pain in Amanda’s eyes for him, and he wouldn’t come in between her and her bright future. Dawson sacrificed his love, so that Amanda would achieve her dreams.

Amanda gets married, but she is not the same girl that we knew in the start of the story. She has a son, and now she lives only for her son. Amanda smiles but her smile doesn’t have the same light like she had before. All she has a pain, all hidden inside her. After when Tuck dies, Amanda and Dawson are brought together again. It’s been 21 years they have not seen each other. For an instance, it seems life is giving another chance to Amanda and Dawson. That love which is lost, it will spark again. Now everything will change. I smiled.

Destiny plays its card again. This time Amanda and Dawson are separated forever, but this time you find the peace that you have been searching in the story. Dawson was finding his purpose in this world, and this he found a way to close to Amanda forever.

About the characters


A happy go lucky girl, full of life and believed in love stories. She fell in love with Dawson and her whole life changes forever. Amanda loves Dawson and she would have done anything for him even giving up her dreams for love. But everything changes when Dawson goes to jail. Amanda still doesn’t give up on Dawson. She goes to jail to meet Dawson every day.

She grows up to be a very strong woman, but she has a broken heart and the pain that she hides from everyone, except from her best friend Tuck.


A quiet and conserve but intelligent boy, with a bad family history. His family is involved in some illegal business activities, which Dawson intends to leave it behind one day. Dawson meets Amanda and he falls in love with her. As Dawson goes to jail for Bobby’s murder, and he sacrifices his love for Amanda’s future.

While reading, I kept on blaming Dawson, why he had to push Amanda away? Why wouldn’t he hold on to her? Is sacrificing his love was the only thing he would do?


A retired Military officer and Widower, he loved his wife a lot. On his death, he requests Amanda and Dawson to spread his ashes in the same garden that he builds for his wife. Tuck is the only friend that Dawson and Amanda have. He is the only one who understands how deeply they both loved each other. He was like a guardian angel for Dawson. A father symbol, or we can say, he is all that Dawson imagined how a father would be.

My Review

“The Best of Me – a story that can make you believe in true love is possible”.

About the Novel

“Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She’d believed in it once, too back when she was eighteen…”

The Best of Me
In the spring of 1984, high school student Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the track, their love for each other 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 a funeral. Neither has lived the life they imagined… and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers soon realize that everything they thought they knew- about themselves and the dreams they held dear – was not as it seemed. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead : Can true love rewrite the past?

Happy Reading!!!

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