“Best of Me” Continues Romantic Sparks Oeuvre

Posted on December 8, 2014 by

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Copyright 2006 by Drew Barker.

Copyright 2006 by Drew Barker.

Nicholas Sparks has written a novel called The Best of Me, which was recently adapted into a film  in October. This book is mainly about high school sweethearts who recently reconnected over a mutual friend’s death, bringing them both back to their hometown to attend his funeral.

Like many of Sparks’ other books, The Best of Me was a big hit with people of all ages. Nicholas Sparks, known for his romantic charm, has written a total of seventeen novels in this order: The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer, At First Sight, Dear John, The Choice, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Safe Haven, The Best of Me, and The Longest Ride.

“I’ve read some of his books, and The Notebook is my favorite. I’ve also seen The Best of Me,” junior Miah Maldonado said.

Nine of his books have been adapted into movies, all of which have been met with excitement from his legion of fans.

Sparks was born on 31 December 1965. He now lives in North Carolina with his wife Cathy and five kids. He has three sons, Miles, Landon, and Ryan, who has autism. He also has two twin daughters, Lexi and Savannah.

“I watch his movies only because my wife wants me to watch them with her. If you want a healthy relationship, you have to do what the other wants to do. I didn’t like them though,” history teacher Todd Weiss said.

The Best of Me has made $33.5 million at the box office. It stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey, and Liana Liberato. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan play Dawson and Amanda in their adult years. Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato play Dawson and Amanda in their teenage years. It flashes back and forth during the movie, describing their lives and how much they have changed.

“I haven’t seen The Best of Me, but my favorite movie that is based off of his books is Safe Haven. I don’t read his books. I don’t read at all,” sophomore Rayanna Celmer said.

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