Published: 13th October 2011
They were teenage sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks – with a passion that would change their lives for ever. But life would force them apart.
Years later, the lines they had drawn between past and present are about to slip… Called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter when they needed it most, they are faced with each other once again, and forced to confront the paths they chose. Can true love ever rewrite the past?
On the 26th July 2013, fans were excited when Nicholas announced the news of the adaptation on his website: “We’re excited to announce that Nicholas is teaming-up again with Relativity Media for a movie version of The Best of Me. That’s right, the same team that successfully brought both Safe Haven and Dear John to the big screen is back together again!”
It hits UK cinemas on Wednesday 15th October 2014. Check on IMDB for the date in your country.
When Poppy at Little Brown asked me whether I’d read any Nicholas Sparks books, I practically screamed YES in her face. In actual fact, I’ve read them all as well as watched all the films. She told me that Little Brown were releasing The Best Of Me again, but this time with a film cover and whether I’d like to take part in the blog tour. I, of course, said yes and dug out my beautiful copy from 2011 and began to reread for what seemed like the first time…
Dawson Cole is an average 42 year old man. He lives alone, keeps his life simple and hasn’t dated since his teenage years. His dear friend and father figure, Tuck has sadly passed away, so Dawson is on his way back to his home city in preparation to say goodbye. Readers quickly learn within the first chapter that the Cole family aren’t one to be messed with, but not Dawson, he’s the expectation. Amanda Collier is the complete opposite – she comes from a high class, wealthy family, the kind who have a lot of power and aren’t afraid to boast about it. She was the popular girl at school and nobody thought she’d give Dawson a second glance back in the day.
The narrative flickers back and forth between the past and the present. This allows the reader to be fully aware of the relationship between Dawson, Amanda and Tuck. With Nicholas, he has the beauty to bring people together through simple ways whether it’s with an animal, an item, a subject or other people. It’s never a complicated story. It’s simple, straight to the point yet highly effective and that’s why he’s the King of Love Stories. The set-up with Dawson and Amanda is rather similar to Allie and Noah in The Notebook – rich and poor, how will they match? Despite this similarity, The Best Of Me takes a much deeper twist.
“…Somehow she’d lost sight of the person she’d once meant to be.”
In regards to the characters, they have deep, sometimes unforgettable problems. They’re realistic in order for the reader to connect, sympathise, relate but more importantly, to give hope towards the characters. As the narrative continues, Dawson’s past haunts him as Amanda has to face the reality back at home. The ending was highly unexpected, but that’s why I love about Nicholas’ books – expect nothing and in return, he’ll make you fall madly in love with the characters, the beautiful setting and the fantastic plot.
What can I say? It’s utterly perfect which comes to no surprise because I know that Nicholas Sparks will never disappoint me. If you want a romance story at it’s best, this is one for you! Make sure you grab yourself a copy before the film hits cinemas!