Book Review (s) – The Best of Me & The Longest Ride

I read both of these Nick Sparks books a couple of months ago.  I was going to review something I’ve read more recently but then remembered these.  I had the opportunity to interview Nick Sparks a few years ago when he wrote The Last Song.  I loved chatting with him about writing and the whole process and how he became so successful.  I was interviewing him because of the movie that was made based on the book starring Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.  I also got to interview the rest of the cast – it was a fun weekend in LA to say the least.  Matt interviewed him most recently for The Longest Ride and also the cast from that movie.  (Hello Scott Eastwood – swoon!).  This will be a short book review but I’ll also put some links at the bottom to Matt’s movie review and interviews if you’re interested….


The Best of Me – I did NOT like this book.  It had a sweet premise and I liked the characters but the ending was awful.  WAY too unbelievable and it just tried too hard to be something it wasn’t.  By the end I was like “this is ridiculous!”.  I have also heard from several people that the movie is awful so you may want to skip this one.


The Longest Ride – I liked this book.  I enjoyed the characters, they were easy to like and relatable.  I appreciated the bull riding aspect and know more about bull riding now than I may ever need to know in this lifetime.  I also really enjoyed that it was a dual romance (2 couples in love decades apart).  I did think the end (again…) was a little unbelievable.  I didn’t like that everything was wrapped up in such a perfect bow.  I was excited to see this movie tho.  Matt and I even went to a special press screening of the movie and Nick and Scott Eastwood and Brit Robertson were there…


I don’t want this to turn into a movie review but I did not like the movie at all.  I’ve had a few friends say they enjoyed it and I’m like “did you see the same movie as me?!”.  Anyway.  We didn’t even stay to talk to Nick or the cast… I was ready to go home.  Matt had scheduled time with them the following day so it wasn’t a big deal.  In a nutshell… Read the book, I enjoyed it!  Make your own decision about the movie. 😉

Matt’s Reviews & Interviews: Click Here


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