The Philadelphia Inquirer
October 15, 2011
By John Timpane
Nicholas Sparks‘ latest novel, The Best of Me, has all the flashes of a Sparks book: small-town life; love and its regrets; wrenching plot twists; agonizing choices. Plus a ghost. Or is it a ghost?
“I don’t want to be the kind of writer who writes the same exact story without changing anything,” says Sparks, who reads from his work at the University of Pennsylvania Bookstore from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. “I’m always asking myself, ‘How can I make it new and interesting?’ “
Enough readers have found his stories new and interesting to give him a very successful career as a writer, with 16 novels and multiple New York Times best-sellers. Many fans know him best by the six popular movies (with three more in production) made from his books, including Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, and Nights in Rodanthe.