I have read other book by Nicholas Sparks and honestly The Best of Me was definitely not up there with his other books. The relationship between Amanda and Dawson was classic Sparks, which is of course a love that will last through a lifetime. However, the extensively comprehensive depictions of violent behavior were not what I was looking for in a Sparks book. There was also this bizarre paranormal inclination for the characters, Dawson and Tuck, commune with ghosts. What makes a Sparks book stand out is his practicality and imagery of love and heartache, so the violent behavior and paranormal was unexpected and not very well liked.