The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

My brother-in-law bought this book last year and I was the one who read it first because he was currently reading another book and he said it was okay for me read it first, back then I have no other books to read and since it’s Nicholas Sparks I have to read it. I never read his books because he’s fond of writing tragic novels and I don’t want to be depressed after finishing a book so I refrain from buying one of his books.

This book was a story about Dawson and Amanda who became high school sweet hearts but has to separate because of individual differences. Dawson came from a poor family with criminal records and Amanda who belong to the elite family with high expectations. They were reunited after 20 years because of a friend’s death but Amanda was now married and has children and Dawson still single and had just been in an accident in the oil rig. Their reunion rekindled the spark that has forgotten.

This novel has what other Nicholas Spark’s novels have, tragedy, grief, romance and truly Sparks has mastered the art on how to tug the heartstrings. The novel for me didn’t actually focused on Amanda and Dawson’s story, I think I deals more about Amanda’s marriage and how it is bound to shatter because of his husband’s alcoholism problem that rooted to their little daughter’s death. That part when Amanda was narrating how painful it was to see her daughter slowly dying because of brain cancer. That part when she and her daughter would just lie down on the bed and she’ll just watch her smile and sleep because she doesn’t want to forget her face and how she smiles. Reading that part was also painful for me, as if it was my own daughter and yes it got to me because I cried in buckets.

All in all Spark never fails to make us cry but I guess this story has no new element to it, it’s more like recycled tragedies that never fails to stick to our heart but guess what, it still earned millions.

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