Monday, August 30, 2010

Review: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Seventeen-year-old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside down when her parents divorced 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 myriads 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.

In the beginning of The Last Song, Ronnie seemed like a selfish brat. The way she acted towards her parents was horrible! I honestly could not handle her, but she quickly changed her annoying ways. At first, I kept imagining Ronnie as Miley Cyrus, so it kind of ruined the story for me at times. I am not a huge Miley Cyrus fan, but once I got over that, I was surprised to find myself actually liking Ronnie as a character.

This book switched point of views every chapter, with Ronnie's point of view being used most frequently. It was interesting to see situations from different characters' points of view. I especially liked Will's point of view. Marcus' point of view just proved that he was a huge sleaze. I really did not like him. The way he saw and treated women and people in general was disgusting. Although his point of view is not heard, I really liked Will's father, Tom. The small parts he had in this novel were funny and entertaining. I liked his sense of humor.

From the beginning, I knew something was wrong with Steve. I saw what was coming, but it was still extremely sad and heart breaking. I can honestly say this book made me cry. It was just so sad! Even with the tears, I had fun reading this book. It was an emotional roller coaster ride of a story, and I loved it! I definitely recommend reading it.

Rating: 4.5/5
I read this book for The Book Junkie's Bookshelf and The Book Vixen's Book Club.

The Book Vixen

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  1. I definitely agree, this book was so emotional (and ah, Marcus is so disgusting). Wonderful review! :D

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  2. Great review. The book sounds good however, I just finished watching the movie and it was boring to me. Or maybe it was just Miley Cyrus? lol

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  3. I agree that this one, as are all of Sparks' books, was a tearjerker. Glad you enjoyed it! We did the book club too---it was fun!