Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board. Please link back to her by using the link above.
The Best of Me
“Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She’d believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen.”
In the spring 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, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew — about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear — was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?
My thoughts on this book:
I couldn’t believe it this morning when I noticed that I’ve hardly talked about Nicholas Sparks on the blog since I started it and he’s one of my favorite authors! So, I thought for today’s Throwback Thursday I’d share one of my favorites, The Best of Me.
Amanda and Dawson fell in love in high school even though they were quite different. Amanda was the popular type from a rich family, while Dawson struggled with problems at home. Amanda’s parent’s aren’t accepting of her relationship with Dawson which causes multiple problems. They spend some quality time together and then they must part. Time moves forward and Dawson has been away for quite some time. Out of the blue, he receives a phone call from a lawyer letting him know that someone from back home has passed away. He doesn’t really want to go back and plans ahead of time to make the trip as short as possible.
Quick trip, in and out. He’d do what he had to do and didn’t plan on hanging around any longer than he had to. He might have been raised in Oriental, but he’d never really belonged there. The Oriental he knew was nothing like the cheery image advertised by the area Visitors’ Bureau.
Once back in Oriental, the memories flood in and he unexpectedly meets with Amanda for the first time in nearly 20 years.
To me, this book is similar to The Notebook as it follows some of the same themes. I adore it nearly as much. This is a coming of age story I simply couldn’t put down with strong characters and beautiful writing. I loved the characters, especially Tuck–I think he was my favorite. If you’re a person who enjoys reading love stories with plenty of drama and emotion, this book’s for you. I normally don’t go for mass market paperbacks–in fact I never do–but this edition you see above has photos from the movie which I enjoyed. Nicholas Sparks will always be a favorite author and this is a favorite for sure.
My rating on this book is 5*****
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Media Tie In edition (August 26, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455556564
- ISBN-13: 978-1455556564
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