The Best of Me

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"For Dawson Cole, the hallucinations began after the explosion on the platform, on the day he should have died."

The Best of Me
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Rating: 4 stars
Picture: Goodreads

Dawson was born into a family in which crime was as natural as breathing. Amanda was born into a high class family which had certain ideals about how life should be lived. They fell in love in spite of all the small town gossip.

Amanda and Dawson's characters feel so real. They had this beautiful love that you can tell is passionate and true. But it wasn't meant to be and one day it is just gone. Dawson knows he's not meant to love anybody but Amanda and passes most of his days on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Back in North Carolina, Amanda has built a family with her husband Frank. She has been blessed with three beautiful children, but beneath the surface, all is not well with the family.

This book is one I find hard to talk about without giving much of it away. You will have the full spectrum of emotions during this book. You will love and hate, be hopeful and sad all within the few chapters. I don't want to tell too much so, if you have not read this book, please do not read further than this paragraph! Overall, it is another great book by Nicholas Sparks!

So if you are reading this, I'm assuming that you have already read the book. If you haven't, I'm assuming you don't care that you are going to read a few spoilers. So let's get started shall we?!

A few chapters in when Dawson sees the man in the windbreaker suit, I already know what's happening. Did anybody read Safe Haven? Well, I just spoiled that for you, but I knew immediately, the man was a ghost. I turned to my mom, who read the book a month ago and told her the man/ghost was Dr. Bonner. I just knew it. No surprises for me there.

Dawson's family really enrages me. There are no words for them as people. People should not be born with that much hatred inside of them. But they were, and so the story went on. All things happen for a reason I suppose.

I was also upset at first about Mrs. Bonner's reaction to young Dawson. Small towns and people who think they are privileged make me upset. But in any case, I was happy to know that Mrs. Bonner did acknowledge that Dawson had helped them all those years and eventually did let him know she was not upset with him.

Amanda's family also doesn't sit well with me. At first her mother especially didn't sit well with me. Having been in a situation similar to Amanda and Dawsons, I felt very strongly on this matter. But by the end, I had forgiven the mother and did not blame her too much.

All in all, I thought it was a good book, though I would rather have seen a different type of happily ever after (ahem, Dawson and Jared would be alive). But it was somewhat of a happy ending none the less.


  1. I've been on the fence about reading this book because I have heard so many mixed reviews. I may just have to give it a try.

  2. I've been really sick of Sparks' love stories lately just because I have read too many, but I may have to give this one a try! Thanks for sharing your review. :)

  3. Good review. I read all of Sparks' books. This one wasn't my favorite and I wasn't thrilled with the ending but overall I liked the book.