The Last Song - Review

The Last Song Book Review

The Last Song Book Rating

Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Sphere
Publication Year: 2008
ISBN: 9780751544404
Pages: Paperback, 390 pages

The Last Songs begins with Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Miller whose life is turned upside down when she is forced to spend the summers with her father. Her parents have been divorced for three years and all these years, she had never talked with her father cursing him for the separation.

Steve, Ronnie’s father is a former concert pianist and a teacher who is spending his life at present in the beach town. Ronnie’s hate for him steers her away towards some locals whom she befriends. As the story progresses, she faces myriad emotions of love, betrayal, friendship, realization that is no less than a voyage in a stormy sea night.

Wow! I could not control myself from giving away that expression. It has been long since I picked up a Sparks’ book which was a deliberate move. So, The Last Song started in a nice beach setting. Readers are given enough insight into the character of Ronnie that is ideally the protagonist in my view.  The descriptions of the place are vivid and the character portrayal is interesting.

We get to know about her father and her little brother and with each chapter become close to them. The book contains many characters and with Ronnie, we get around them and almost instantly start vouching for our favorites. There are some bad characters and some good. That you can find out yourselves when you read the book and I shall steer myself away from giving away any spoiler.

The Last Song takes you through several twists and turns through the story that keeps you glued to what is happening. If you have read too much Sparks, you might be able to predict a lot (not everything) sooner than the revelation. But anyhow, that is the not the concern here. The fact that makes it a must read is the portrayal of emotions and relationships. It’s not just about two love sick youngsters. Of course, we have them but the strength of the story is the relation between Ronnie and Steve.

As I had expected, I was in tears during the last section of The Last Song. This is what Nicholas Sparks does to you. He familiarizes you with the characters, make you fall in love with them and then in some or the other manner breaks you into tears. Beware that it’s not always the sad news making you cry. The Wedding is a clear example. Anyways, I would like to stay mum about what happens here and will leave that for your reading experience.

Overall, I loved reading The Last Song. I have no interest in watching the movie adaptation as I know it will never be this beautiful. If you like Sparks, you must have already read it. For others, if you want to read a heartwarming romance fiction, you have stepped on the right choice.

Sometimes you have to be apart from people you love, but that doesn't make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.
Love is fragile. And we're not always its best caretakers. We just muddle through and do the best we can. And hope this fragile thing survives against all odds.

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December 7, 2014 at 6:13 AM delete

I too loved this book. Loved your review as well.


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