“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?
Some of the Quotations/Lines:
“People in pain don’t always see things as clearly as they should.” -Tuck
“Because I’m a curious person, I’ve always been curious about everything” -Dawson
“This is our place, a tiny corner of the world where love can make anything possible.”-Tuck
“To get close to someone means allowing that person to learn about your past.” -Dawson
“Everyone has things their past they wish they could change.”- Amanda
With Amanda, it was easy for him to be himself; with Amanda, he was content for the first in his life. Even now, that final year together was sometimes all he could think about.
- First love and true love is the best.
- Death will never be a reason to separate you from the one you love.
- You’ll do everything to the one you love.
- A mistake or accident will never be solved by another mistake.
- We should face every changes in a brave way, we should learn that vices like alcohol and smoking will never help to solve a problem instead, it will only add as another problem.
- Learn with your mistakes.
Fav. Character: Dawson Cole & Tuck
I love Dawson because even though many years had past, he still thinks about Amanda and still love her. You can see how he truly love Amanda until the end. He is a good man who face all the troubles and struggles in life even though he is from a criminal family. Also, even though he got prison because of an accident, he still care for the family of the lost until the time he got out albeit he did it by becoming an anonymous person. He saves and helps people.
I like Tuck because even though he didn’t say anything to Amanda and Dawson, he arranged everything before his death. He also helped them to meet for the second time. He let these two know what they really feel with each other. You can also see how he truly loves his wife.
He forced himself to turn away and walk toward the garage because he knew that if he glanced at her so much he’d change his mind, and he couldn’t do that to her. He wouldn’t do that to her. He knew that Amanda would always be the very best part of him, the self he would always long to know.
Well, this book is good. I can rate it as 3 out of 5 stars. In this book, you’ll know the true meaning of love and how each character choose their path. Sacrificing. Longing. Missing. You’ll feel many emotions that will make you attach to the book. I really love how Nicholas Sparks wrote his novels especially this one although, it kind of sad in the ending. But, still I recommend this book for you to read. 🙂
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November 9, 2013