Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 13
Summary: “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 alienated 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 about love in its myriad forms – first love, the love between parents and children – that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts… and heal them.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
I loved The Last Song and found it a lot better than A Walk to Remember, but I still liked the latter a lot. There were few things I disliked about the book. At times, I was annoyed by how unrealistic the situations were and occasionally cringed at how cliché it all was. Will literally spilled his soda on Ronnie when he met her and they ended up falling in love. How does that even happen in real life? How? Despite that, everything else about the book was lovely. Ronnie was relatable and a well-developed character. I loved Will and Ronnie’s little brother. The only characters I actually disliked were the ones you were supposed to dislike.
I also found the plot really enjoyable and totally swoon-worthy. The book was well planned out and there is no denying that Nicholas Sparks is a good writer. The extent of his writing abilities weren’t as noticeable in A Walk to Remember, but I’m so glad it was in this novel.
I highly recommend The Last Song if you’re looking for a cute romance or beach read!
Note: My apologies for being so behind on reviews. I have two more to come and I’m hoping to drill them out right now!