Jan 25, 2011

The Last Song

More from Nicholas Sparks! The Last Song is a touching book not only of the romantic love that blooms from a summer fling, but also of the love between a dying man and his rebellious, though loyal daughter. When Ronnie goes to visit her father in a tiny coastal town in North Carolina, she harbors anger towards him, suspecting him of cheating on her mother, and thus ruining their marriage.
The reader discovers later that Ronnie has been accused of theft, and her rebellious attitude extends into a hatred of basically everything concerning pianos. She had been a pianist and song writer, but abandoned it after feeling abandoned and betrayed by her father. Upon arrival at her father's house they fight almost continually, she making him board up the piano, he getting onto her for disappearing randomly. She meets several people- Blaze, Marcus, the snooty Ashely, and Will (the hottie... yep, he's smoking!).

The actual conflict in the plot line has several underlying themes. The main plot- that of a girl and her dying father- causes the reader to feel a major sense of pathos. If you have ever had a loving and caring parent, then you will be able to connect with Ronnie throughout her internal conflict of either loving her father, or feeling bitter for past trusts that were thought to be broken. Another main conflict is the one between Ronnie and Will. He- the smokin' stud with loads of dough, and she- the rebellious free-spirit with a criminal record... Needless to say Will's parents aren't so thrilled when he brings the girlfriend home. Especially when she quasi-causes a fight during Will's sister's wedding at the ancestral home. (This just gets better and better, doesn't it?)

The end of the book is touching and rewarding, but as this is a book review and not an entire summary I won't ruin it for you... read the book yourself to find out! You won't be disappointed, trust me. Even my 13 year old sister (who despises reading and thinks I need mental help) loved this book, so apparently it deserves the 9 that I'm going to give it on the "ADDICTING SCALE."
The Last Song was also made into a pretty awesome movie, that- if I was being honest- made me cry. (Shhh... don't tell anyone.) Go see it!!! Hurry!!! But bring a box of Kleenex just in case.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book too. Anything Nick Sparks writes is great!


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