Friday, January 22, 2010
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
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 Wilmington, 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.
After seeing the movie trailer for this one a couple days ago, I knew I had to get my hands on copy. Since, for one, it looked fantastic and because of that and the fact that I doubt I'm going to see the movie ( It has Miley Cyrus in it which is a big turnoff for me), I made my way to the library to get it.
As it turned out, The Last Song was just as amazing and heartbreaking coming to age novel as I thought it would be.
The Last Song is told from four different people's perspectives- Will (Ronnie's main love interest throughout out and just a really sweet guy), Ronnie ( The person whose story this is basically; I loved reading her parts), Marcus (The creepy 'villain') , and Steve (Ronnie's Dad). All of them proved be excellent narrators and characters I came to love. Well, expect for Marcus, of course, because he was a grade A creep.
My favorite aspect of this novel would be seeing the different relationships that evolved - the one between Will and Ronnie and the one between Steve and Ronnie- since both relationships never ceased to feel so real because of the fact that you saw the bad, the good, and the struggles each had equally. Plus, it went on to show that the relationships you make in life are what can truly hold you up in the end to be the best you can be; a message that is very important, in my opinion.
Also, I enjoyed seeing all the emotions Nicolas writing provoked in me throughout. Since, it showed just how amazing of writer his which leaves me to want to read the rest of his novels so bad.
In all, The Last Song was a fabulous read that I not only adored but will be suggesting to all. Though, word of warning, this book will make you cry so much at the end.
The Last Song is now out!