THE BEST OF ME is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.
Nicholas Sparks is one of few authors that I always buy his books and always have them read by the time the movie comes out. He never ceases to make me laugh, make me cry, and make me reminisce about falling in love.
There are things that I always love about his books. I always love the romance and the passion. In each and every story. He is the master of making the heart melt. He could make even the biggest skeptic find at the least, a tiny shred of love. And the locations always make the stories. The settings are dreamy and romantic in themselves.
However, for the first time since I’ve started reading Sparks, there were times that I wanted to put this book down. I know. I am shocked myself. I have always loved everything about every book. But this one was tooo much like The Notebook in parts for me. We learn about the couple from two different times. The past when her family didn’t approve and the present where she is with someone else and they are reunited in the town where they fell in love. The mother shows up to try to talk some sense into her daughter. Any of these ring a bell? I really felt like I was reading the same book, with different character names. BUT I didn’t put the book down. I’m loyal. I haven’t put many down in my life and I wasn’t going to do it with this one. And I’m SO glad I kept with it. The last portion of this book was absolutely amazing and so different from what I expected.
So there were major ups and down for me in this one. I will follow up with the movie. And I’ll take tissues. I will warn you, you will need them too. I am interested to see how they make the movie different from The Notebook - or to see if they go off the book’s path to differentiate them. Here’s the trailer:
Did anyone else see a resemblance in these? Or am I stretching?
I give The Best of Me 4 out of 5 bookmarks.