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The Best of Me

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The Best of Me

The Best of Me is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they've taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined...and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.

The Best of Me is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they've taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined...and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.

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  • Nicholas Sparks is the author of eighteen novels and two works of nonfiction, all bestsellers and all translated into more than forty languages. Ten of his novels topped the New York Times bestsellers list. Many of his books have been made into feature films, including Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, and The Notebook.

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    November 21, 2011
    Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole are from opposite sides of the tracks: she's a well-to-do girl with the world at her fingertips; he's from the feared family of sleazy, violent neighborhood thugs. Cut from different cloth than his clan, Dawson breaks free to live in the garage of an old mechanic deep in the woods. Soon Amanda and Dawson cross paths and find themselves smitten, certain they will see happily-ever-after. With the lovers torn apart by circumstance, Sparks (The Notebook) develops a charming story where each scene unwinds as if in slow-motion and the emotions of each moment garner maximum impact. Reunited after decades apart, the lovers' passion remains evident, and they struggle with whether to finally give in to their love or continue their current lives without each other. Despite an obvious ending, the love is so heartwarming that it doesn't seem to matter. Sparks's ability to capture the truths of this affair makes the story both heartfelt and heartbreaking. It's quite possibly his best work in years.

  • AudioFile Magazine Sean Pratt delivers an unrushed, dramatic performance in THE BEST OF ME. Down-on-his-luck Dawson Cole bumps into his old flame Amanda Collier when they both return to the town of Oriental for the funeral of their friend and mentor. Pratt's portrayal of Dawson and Amanda ebbs and flows from repressed to unrestrained as the two rediscover their love for each other and battle circumstances that keep them apart. Pratt brings to life the beauty and tragedy in the star-crossed lovers' lives through his animated voice. He captures the characters' full-bodied enthusiasm and almost breathless sorrow. Further, his impeccable pacing accentuates the suspenseful and paranormal aspects of the plot. M.F. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
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