The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Well I was strolling through the library’s ebook collection on OverDrive, and I’m running out of things I want to read on there I think. I have yet to read a Nicholas Sparks book because I have to be in the mood for something that sappy I think. So alas the time came when I thought I’d give it a try.


Summary: This story centers around Ronnie, a teenager (who in all summaries they call rebellious— I wouldn’t call her that, I’d say she’s pretty normal for a teen that’s just mad at her family), who has to stay for the summer with her father on the beach in North Carolina. Most kids may like this kind of a getaway. Who doesn’t want to spend the summer right on the beach? Except Ronnie is horribly mad at her father for leaving them and splitting up the family. The story moves through her time on this summer getaway and follows her as she gets in trouble with the law, monitors sea turtles, falls in love, and grows closer and closer with her father.

Review: I think reading this book came at a good time for me—- or at a bad time, whichever way you look at it. I had a lot going on in my personal life and was pretty emotional. Needless to say, as I’ve heard of most Nicholas Sparks books, this was a tearjerker. The entire last quarter of the book I was on and off in tears. It was really a good book. When I mentioned I was reading this book to friends, they all said “Ooh a sappy romance!” Yes, the book is about a teenage romance, and we all can relate to that in one way or another. But it was the family dynamics and the home life that really got to me and made me really like this book. Steve is a wonderful father, a kind of father I definitely wish I had (no I’m not dissing my father, I grew up sans one is all). He makes the most of this summer with the kids, and it’s a wonderful journey.

Unlike the last book I read I really believed all these characters. Each chapter was from a different perspective and Sparks does a good job in changing the voice of each of the characters, I believed them all— even the psychopath Marcus. I do think I’ll check out more Sparks books now— only if I’m in the mood to cry though!


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