I don’t believe I have ever written a book review before, so the first few might be a little raw. For my first one, The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.
I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks and have been for quite some time. I have loved many of his past books, particularly A Bend in the Road and The Lucky One, but this book was a bit of a let down. Although the main characters were very likable, I found this book hard to really get in to. It didn’t capture my attention as most of his other works have, but I still finished in just a few days.
I thought it was very easy to relate to most of the characters but there was not enough emphasis put upon Amanda and Dawson’s relationship. Although I was very sympathetic for their situation and wanted to learn more about their relationship, it wasn’t a surprise when things worked out as they did. I found myself rooting for them even to the ending; Sparks has a way to do that to the reader.
It is for the most part a very realistic book. It does have a few unbelievable twists thrown in here and there, but there definitely could have been a bit more emphasis on certain parts of the story line. The interconnecting stories were intriguing and I thought these aspects were different from what Sparks normally gives us.
Sparks always manages to write very heartfelt yet heartbreaking stories but, again, I thought this book is just a bit below par. Don’t get me wrong, I would recommend it to anyone, it just fell a bit below my expectations for Nicholas Sparks and it definitely was not on the same level of some of his other works. I certainly look forward to seeing what he comes up with next. No matter what, he always gives us a very enjoyable read and I have complete confidence that he will continue to do so.
What are you reading? Are you in a book club (official or not)? Can I join?! 😉