The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Ebook

Dates Read: 6/15/19-6/18/19

This book is probably one of my favorites by him. I think we have all had moments when we have thought “this would have happened if…”, and this book is the full representation of that. This story follows Dawson Cole, whose family is known for their violence and general negative demeanor. He meets Amanda Collier, whose family comes from the wealthier part of town. Defying all odds, they fall in love, but sadly, their time will come and go. After the death of a mutual friend, they find themselves together again, and they must decide whether their love is worth starting over, or that they should stay on their separate paths.

Similarly to The Notebook, I felt like the movie did a much better job of fleshing out their young love story. The book felt a little rushed over that part, but otherwise, I felt like the story was put to paper really well. I enjoyed hearing Amanda’s thought process as she interpreted every situation she found herself in, and I think that hearing from her how she found herself in the position of loving 2 men gives some perspective.

James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, and Luke Bracey in The Best of Me (2014)

Okay… so I might like the movie more than the book. While they also did a better job with the young love story, they also gave a better story for why Dawson ended up in prison. I felt like Sparks gave an extremely flimsy reason for his arrest, but the movie gives a reason that is not only more personal, but has already been fleshed out with the young love story.

With that being said, I am also glad that the focus was not on Abee and Ted. Their story in the book was a lot more mental conversations that showed how far from normal their mental capacities were, but the movie focused solely on Tommy Cole as the bad guy. Tommy is much more organized and that played well to camera.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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