Let me start by saying I have yet to read a Nicholas Sparks book I did not like. When I feel like reading a love story I always go to one of his books. I love that you feel so much for all the characters involved. His books reaffirm to me that true love does exist and not all love stories are the same. Some work out where they spend the rest of their lives together and sometimes that does not happen. If it does not happen it does not mean you did not love. It might just mean there was someone else that needed your love more.
While I was reading this I had already prejudged what the ending would be and started feeling angry and sad because that is not what a real romantic would want. It took me a whole day after finishing to come to terms with the ending. You know the author has done their job when you are still thinking about the book days after and are still hurt and sad about the outcome. But then you come start understanding that not all love stories end they way you want them to.
I loved this book just as I am sure I will love any other book he writes.
A quick summary:
“Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She’d believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen.”
In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew—about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear—was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?