Book Review of “The Last Song” By Nicholas Sparks

The Last Song

By Nicholas Sparks

 

Here’s an emotionally charged novel out of Sparks collection.

A string of human emotions flow– tears, joy, love, heartbreaks, redemption, forgiveness, flow through the journey of “The Last Song”.

It is more of a love story and family drama intervened with friendship and heartbreaks. A highly entertaining read. You’d feel the story is a bit predictable with artificial situations in between but it surely is very touching and moving.

Though the beginning was a bit slow, the story had a great plot, strong character building, and a wonderful ending, full of hysterical moments.

Set in New York, the story is about Veronica “Ronnie” Miller – a rather obnoxious, shallow and a rebellious teenager who is hugely affected by her parents divorce. She takes to wrong company, as a result. Until her father requests Ronnie and her brother Jonah to join him in his North Carolina beach town for the summer. Meeting him after a gap of three years wasn’t easy for Ronnie and so she tries to distance herself from him from the time she sets foot in NC.

It is in NC that Ronnie meets Will and Blaze and Marcus. She experiences love, friendship, trial and death. Her estranged relationship with her father takes a turn and the bond is restored. Learning valuable lesson along her way, she matures into a woman of substance.

Her transformation, realization and acceptance of situations adds a deeper meaning to your thinking as a reader too.

All characters have a unique personality and a defined point of view to interact, interpret and analyze situations. It definitely shows the great skills of Sparks as an ace author.

The characters felt real, believable and relatable. Ronnie as the rebellious, emotionally driven, teenager seeking vengeance from her father; getting involved with the wrong kind of guys; eventually turning a new leaf over after falling in love with the right guy. Jonah as the adorable kid connecting and bonding with his father. Will – the dream guy sticking around for Ronnie all the while. Steve – trying to do the best for his kids; his unconditional love and patience with Ronnie.

The story teaches you to forgive yourself, learn from your mistakes, and grow as a human being. Life is too short to hold grudges or to push people away. And life rarely gives you a second chance – so never let that go.

Overall, it feels like the story of every individual in some way or the other.

 

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  1. Bini

    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 North Carolina. He lived by the Wrightsville Beach. Three yeas later, Ronnie still 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 is unwilling because she has become separated from her father over the past five years, ever since her parents underwent the proverbial messy divorce.
    Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist, is living a quiet life, 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.
    Ronnie and her brother Jonah are sent to North Carolina to spend the summer with their estranged father. Their father left his prestigious position at Julliard to pursue his dream of being a concert pianist. His time away put a strain on his family and eventually ended his marriage. He now calls Wrightville Beach, NC home.
    Ronnie never forgave her father for ruining their family. In fact, she hasn’t spoken to him in three years. She’s livid that her mother is forcing her to do this. As soon as she sets foot in her father’s house, she’s determined to plan her return back to New York. As soon as she enters her father’s house, she puts distance between them by spending her first night away from his home. It’s on this night that she first meets Will followed by Blaze. It’s this night that will change her summer.
    At first, Ronnie is more attracted to a girl named Blaze, and the troupe of dangerous, beer swigging street performers she hangs out with. Then the group turns out to be more dangerous than expected.
    As the novel progresses, though, Ronnie falls totally in love with her new life: with the town, with sea turtles and other native marine life, with her bothersome younger brother, and also with her father — and the music he’d abandoned along with his family. Most importantly, Ronnie falls in love with a young man- the guy she runs into (literally) at a boardwalk fair and beach volleyball match, who at first seems all-wrong for her.

    “The Last Song isn’t only about love. It’s also about learning how to forgive yourself for your past mistakes so you can move forward.” This is clear as Ronnie struggles to forgive herself for allowing her anger and hurt to prevent her from having a relationship with her father. During this summer, Ronnie realizes despite her behavior, her father’s love remained unconditional.

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