Monday, January 10, 2011

Book Review: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2009

Hardcover, 390 pages
Age Group: Adult Fiction/YA Fiction
Challenge: Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge
Borrowed from Library

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 alientated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels--first love, love between parents and children -- that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts...and heal them. (taken from

This was a great novel for me to start with because the underlying theme was about classical musicians and how difficult it is to maintain that lifestyle while successfully balancing it with your personal life. I wish that they talked more about Ronnie's playing and mentioned a few pieces that she played. But I guess it would put some people off if they got too specific.

The characters were all painted very beautifully. I loved the little brother Jonah, the best because he reminded me of my little brother. Ronnie also reminded me a bit of myself sometimes when I was her age. I wasn't as angry as her but I could lash out unfairly sometimes. While I definitely didn't like her at first, I understood her immediately. I also enjoyed the romance aspects of the novel so much. Will was such a true portrait of the type of good guy that every girl dreams of falling in love with them.

I should've known from the title that this might be a sad story. I can't say a book has ever made me cry before so, congrats Nicholas Sparks. All my friends told me I wouldn't like his writing but I think it's more that it's just so emotional and real that I can't read ONLY Nicholas Sparks books. I definitely need to read something about axe murderers now, like I usually do.

I recommend this book for people who love dramas and romance and who are fans of Nicholas Sparks books.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book so much. Spark has a way with words, eh? I think this is one of my favourites of his, besides Dear John and The Rescue. Great review! :)


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