“No. This isn’t a date. This is fishing.”Ronnie, The Last Song Page 144
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! Today I will be doing another book review, this time for The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. If you have been here for while you would know that I have a love hate relationship with Nicholas Sparks. I love the movies that are made out of his books, but I really don’t usually enjoy his books themselves all that much. I only read this book because I absolutely adore the movie and I wanted to know all the details behind the story. So that is what we are gonna talk about today. Also a quick note, you may have noticed my rating system has changed, that is because I decided I didn’t like doing it out of 10 and I wanted to try doing some stars. It might change back, we might keep it this way, who knows!
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.
As I said at the beginning of the post I loved this book, which is rare for a Nicholas Sparks books. I had the same sensation with this book as I often do when I read books that I have seen the movies for. I saw the book playing out in my head, even with scenes that were not included in the original movie. I know the characters and I could see them acting the scenes. I also thought that the characters were very well developed. I enjoyed learning more information about the characters than what is given in the movies. Ronnie and Will are hands down couples goals for me. The funniest, and best, thing about this book for me personally is that Ronnie is a city girl who doesn’t know what mudding it and doesn’t like fishing and that Will is working at his dads break shop as a mechanic. This echos my own relationship pretty well. Not down to exact character traits but when I first met my boyfriend I did not really enjoy working on cars and going to play in the mud with trucks. I learned though that it is actually pretty interesting and fun.
The end of this book always gets me because Ronnie is such a bitch, but for good reason. I also have to say I love the ending of the book way more than the movie. I won’t give spoilers but there is so much more information and so much more to love. All I will say is if I was in another state and my boyfriend did that for me I would be ecstatic.
Overall I do think that this is a good book and if you want a typical Nicholas Sparks read filled with tragedy and romance then you will enjoy this book. If you for some reason have never read Nicholas Sparks then start with this book. It is one of this bigger ones page wise, but I am learning that part of liking Nicholas Sparks has to do with what books you read first.
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