Watch: New Trailer For Nicholas Sparks Adaptation 'The Best Of Me' Starring James Marsden And Michelle Monaghan Nicholas Sparks maintains his consistent spot atop the bestseller list for one simple reason — the formula works. His template driven stories always find an attractive couple driven apart by some circumstance, only to fight their way through it, with underlying message continually that love conquers all. And once again, that familiar tale is spun in a new cinematic package in "The Best Of Me." James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan star in the story of high school sweethearts who find their romance interrupted when the bad boy half of the couple is shipped off to jail.