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The Best of Me

by Nicholas Sparks

Rated: Mild

After the death of a mentor, Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole return to their hometown to attend his funeral. These high school sweethearts who haven’t seen each other in over a decade turn out to be the only people invited to the service. Spending time together reignites old feelings and past hurts and has them reevaluating their very different current situations. As Amanda and Dawson restart their relationship, Dawson’s ever-present family problems surface and complicate things. The Cole family has always caused problems for Dawson, as well as the rest of the town, and time away has not changed that for Dawson. When it seems that the characters’ stories will never interconnect, they come together in an expected and, at the same time, unexpected way.

Nicholas Sparks’ books are never about a page-turning, complex plot; they are about the romance and relationships of the characters. The Best of Me never had characters that I bought into, and the relationship between Amanda and Dawson didn’t really sell me. Overall The Best of Me fell a little short.

Rated: Mild for adults. There is a sex sequence that is strongly alluded to afterwards but not in great detail. If you are familiar with Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me is one of his least steamy novels comparatively. There also are a few instances of mild language spread out throughout the book.

— Reviewed by Whitney Wagner

Whitney Wagner is an avid reader and former “how-to” columnist for her college newspaper. She works as a nurse and uses books as an escape from all things medical.

2 Responses to The Best of Me

  1. Joshua Flores says:

    I would say that this book is both moderate for teens and adults. There are 2 sexual situations(this is an affair between a man and a married woman). There is also uses of wh**e, s**t, b***h, and 1 uses of p***kerhead. There is also abuse reffered to. There is a crazy ending that is extremely violent and intense. There is alcohol abuse as well.
    Probably ok for 14+

  2. Karla Maynor says:

    Nicholas Sparks is not mild on any account of the word. His movies are mild to his books comparatively and they are rated pg 13. When I think mild I think pg worthy, Moderate is pg 13, and r is high. Dirt would be that x rated junk. Just because it doesn’t have as much violence as hunger games doesn’t mean it is mild. Between everything mixed in (abuse, violence, swearing, and the affair) it should at least be Moderate.

  • The Best of Me
  • by Nicholas Sparks
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Fiction
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