In the fall 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, 25 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 love truly rewrite the past?
©2011 Nicholas Sparks (P)2011 Hachette
When I knew that Nicholas Sparks would be having his newest book released Oct. 11th, 2011 I could hardly wait! The wait was worth it, of course. He writes in a manner that keeps ones attention and always there is a twist that twinges the emotions, and this one doesn't fail to meet that.
Enjoyed listening to another Nicholas Sparks love story. Took a while to get through but can't us entertained the whole time. The narrator did a great job with the many voices though a few were comical at times. Overall great story!
Like most Nicholas Sparks books as mentioned in my Notebook review, I do find I like the movies better. This also proves true with The Best of Me. Though a fantastic book, I enjoyed seeing the story more than I enjoyed hearing it. But once again, none it could have been possible without the mind of Nicholas Sparks. I look forward to see what amazing stories he will give us in the future!
The love story of this book is essentially the story from 'The Notebook', just told in a different sequence. And to add "depth" to this story the author shoehorned in edgy characters who are violent drug-addicts.
The story is tedious, the females are poorly conceptualized, and the murderous family arch does not help the story at all.
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