Of course, if you are human, you have seen, laughed and sobbed at the well-loved movie ‘The Notebook’, but the author that brought us that beautiful story, also brought us many others, including this one: ‘The Best of Me’.  To be brutally honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect, I picked my copy up very cheap from a local book shop months ago and only just got round to reading it, but it most definitely did not disappoint.

Sparks brought to life a story of two teenage sweethearts like I’d known them my entire life, I yearned and doted for the struggling couple to be together for eternity. The never-ending twists constantly made me want to read on, at times sighing, laughing and even crying. This isn’t like any normal love story, the novels constant revealing antics will hit an arrow straight in your heart.

Although parts of the story are something of dreams, others are relatively realistic and natural, the characters are emotionally heavy and show true characteristics when life chucks itself at you. It was lovely to see the development of Douglas and Amanda from head over heels teens, to realistic adults fading away from their dreams and into reality.

I enjoyed the factor of having villainous style characters, this is usually removed from love story genre novels, so it was nice to have an added factor to the strains on their relationship.

“FOREVER. HE’D CARVED THE WORD INTO TUCK’S WORKBENCH. A TEENAGE PROMISE, NOTHING MORE, YET SOMEHOW HE’D BEEN ABLE TO KEEP IT ALIVE.”

Sparks’ style of writing was effortlessly beautiful and allowed the skipping backwards and forward of time an easy task for the writer and reader. I am extremely excited to read more of Sparks’ novels, especially if they’re anything like this one.

Sadly, since reading the novel, I decided to watch the movie, considering how much I fell in love with the book, to my disappointment the movie had almost changed every important aspect of the book and transformed it into something else. The passion of the characters was still evident, but sadly Sparks’ wonderful story, was not.

I would more than insist everyone to read this novel, I would buy millions of copies and post them all through your letterboxes if I could. Read this book if you can, and definitely try not to cry…you will struggle.

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