Firstly, for the summary, it’s about a girl named Amanda and this boy named Dawson. When they were 18 years old they lived in a small town and they dated for a year towards the end of high school. Amanda was the pretty, popular girl. She was also rich. Whereas Dawson was rougher, he was poor. He also came from a family of criminals so everyone sort of looked down on him and didn’t think that he and Amanda should be together.
They stayed together for a year and when it was time to go to college they broke it off as Dawson wasn’t going to go to college but Amanda really wanted to go. Needless to say her family was very happy about that.
So they’ve been apart for all of their lives since then and once they reach middle age they come back to the town for a funeral for their mutual friend named Tuck. He was older than them and he died so they both came back for his funeral. They meet up again and that’s really where the story takes off.
Starting off with Amanda. I thought she was a very realistic character. Whenever she was put into situations she had to make a lot of really hard decisions. I felt like she reacted the way a normal person would. She’s very relatable.
As far as Dawson… he was cute. I really loved Dawson. It was kind of sad though as Amanda was the only person he had ever dated and that was back when he was 18, so he sort of lived a secluded life. He had a lot of bad things happen to him. Near death experiences. So he was just fine living on his own. But he is very loyal to Amanda and he still loved her even after all those years. He is a great character for the readers to fall in love with. He is just so adorable.
And then another character was Tuck. He played a big part in the story although it starts out where he passed away but it goes back and tells stories about his relationship with Amanda and Dawson when they were younger. And then after as they got older. I really loved Tuck’s character and I love the little part that he plays in their relationship and then the story and I thought it was a really nice touch. His relationship with his wife was really beautiful and they talk about that a lot and that was pretty much a big tearjerker part.
Moving on to the writing. I think this is where Nicholas Sparks really shines. He is an amazing writer. I love the way the story was told through a third person narrator, to where you know both Amanda and Dawson and what they are thinking at all times. I love that because it’s no guessing. You know and you understand why Amanda is doing what she’s doing and you know and understand what Dawson is doing and why they are doing what they do. It’s like you know more than the characters know. Amanda doesn’t know Dawson’s secrets and Dawson doesn’t know Amanda’s secrets. But you know them so I think it’s really cool for the reader to be involved like that.
I love the way Nicholas Sparks writes. He does a very good job of flashbacks to the past and then also telling what’s happening in the present. And you don’t get confused. You know what’s going on and you don’t get confused with the characters. You specifically know which point of view it’s being told from, without the narrator having to say. And that takes a lot of skill in writing to be able to differentiate two characters like that.
As far as the plot goes… it was very unexpected, especially the ending. I did not expect what happened. You kind of figure it out and I think Nicholas Sparks wanted you to figure it out at one point. You can kind of predict the way it’s going to go. I was not unhappy with the ending. It drew in all these different plots that were going on. Because in the book it wasn’t only from Amanda and Dawson’s points of view but also many other peoples. It brought all these plots together and showed how it is all related. It was just this weird happenstance thing that happens at the end. It was a nice way to tie things up and how everything just settled in its place.
Overall I really like how this story focuses on a relationship later in their lives. Very moving and has a lot of meaning to it. I definitely recommend this book. If you like Nicholas Sparks’ books then you will love this one.