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159. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks...

September 17, 2009
last songAbout the book:
Seventeen-year-old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, particularly her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she and her younger brother spent the summer with him in North Carolina.

Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will be the centerpiece of a local church. Resentful and rebellious, Ronnie rejects all of his attempts to reach out to her and threatens to return to New York before the summer's end. But soon Ronnie meets Will, the town's local heartthrob, and the last person she thought she'd ever be attracted to. As Ronnie slowly lets her guard down, she finds herself falling deeply in love, opening herself up to the greatest happiness--and pain--that she has ever known.

An unforgettable story of love in all its myriad forms--first love, love between parents and children--The Last Song demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts...and heal them.

drey's thoughts:
I really don't know how the dude does it. Book after book, multiples of which have been made into movies. And here's the latest in a long line of heart-tugging tales spun for your leisurely reading.

The story moved along pretty predictably, especially in the beginning. There's only so many ways to "write" a rebellious teenager who's angry with her parents, after all. But eventually you come to feel for Ronnie, her brother Jonah, and especially her father, Steve. Will is the perfect first love, Marcus the perfect anti-Will, Blaze the perfect penitent. There's really not much else in terms of characters. If you're looking for something deep, skip this. If you're looking for a chick-lit book to remind you of your (misspent?) youth and first love, pick it up with a dash of Bailey's. Don't forget the box of Kleenex--you'll need it towards the end.

Title: The Last Song
Author: Nicholas Sparks
ISBN-10: 0446547565
ISBN-13: 978-0446547567
Hardcover: 390 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2009

Challenges: 100+, Pub


Anonymous said...

I haven't read this yet, but want to. I love Nicholas Sparks. Great review!

Alaine said...

Great review! I'm going out to buy this one tomorrow.

It wouldn't be a Nicholas Sparks if you didn't need a box of tissue!

Sheila Deeth said...

With a dash of Baileys. I'll have to wait till Christmas, but then my Mum and I can both read.

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. Sparks actually wrote the screenplay before he wrote the book of this one.

drey said...

Ah hah! No wonder it felt like he wrote this one for a movie... =P

Ladytink_534 said...

It's the "heart-tugging" that finally made me quit reading his books. Not to say that they (and the movies based on them) aren't really good, it's just I tend to avoid books that should be sold with Kleenex's attached on a general basis.

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