My Review: 3/5
Ok, This is Nicholas Sparks' book. So, the first condition is, it should be a love story. Second condition is, the story should be heartbreaking. The book is mainly based on:
Can fate give us second chance ?
The high school lovers: Dawson Cole, comes from a family of hooligans while Amanda Collier comes from a wealthy and high class family. So, you can get the picture: their relationship was unfavoured by her parents. At that time, Dawson and Amanda both become society victim who seems to decide who they should marry. Although my society is also similar to this, I never understood why people decide on how you should live your life when you yourself have never interfered on theirs. I am sure the person himself or herself is more capable than other people in choosing their life partners. Oh well, this is how society rules and once you don't stand for yourself, you will be the victim forever.
Anyway, going back to Nicholas Sparks' book, after nearly 25 years of separation, Dawson and Amanda have been given second chance by fate by bringing them together in their mutual friend's funeral. In that long separation, Amanda is married with 3 children whereas Dawson has never been able to think about another girl than Amanda. He is still waiting for her (Aouch!). So what happens when they meet? Will they come back together? Will Amanda leave her family to be with Dawson?
The story is great and there are some scenes where you can't hold your tears. I mean it's just unbearably tragic but c'mon! you don't always have to end it in sad way. I think Nicholas Sparks has this mentality that unless the story is sad, it won't be hit. They say unsuccessful love stories are remembered forever. May be that's how it works around here. On the other hand, this is the love we are talking about. Its blind and stubborn at the same time but love itself is not always ruled by ourselves. Its the society sometimes and its the families. Dawson and Amanda did get second chance and this time, they knew how to become one forever. They struggle with themselves and then with fate and then with destiny until Dawson's heart is forever with Amanda.
Line that touched my heart:
"Sometimes, though, she wondered what he felt when he thought of that year they spent together, or if he ever marveled at what they'd shared, or even whether he thought of her at all."