Seventeen-year-old Ronnie Miller couldn’t be more displeased that her mother is sending her and her little brother Jonah to their dad’s home for the summer. Her life was turned completely upside down when her parent’s divorced and ever since she has blamed her dad for the failure of the marriage and for not being there for her when she needed him. Despite her incredible talent playing the piano, Ronnie refuses to even look at an instrument much yet touch it. But what she never expects when she goes to her dad’s for the summer is to meet a handsome, rich volleyball player, a messed up girl named Blaze and for her dad to quietly give her all the love he has for her in his heart. All of these things work together to make this a summer that Ronnie will never forget.
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, was a beautiful story about growing up, discovering who you are and reaching out to the presence of God, even when He seems so far out of reach. This is the second novel by Mr. Sparks that I’ve read, and I was not disappointed.
I’ll admit, I watched the movie before I read the book so I kinda, sorta already knew that I was going to give this book 5 stars. 😉 But let me tell you…a book certainly enhances characters in ways that a movie never can. Nicholas Sparks gave me a whole new perspective of the story that will have me looking at each character a different way when I watch the movie again. Not to say that the movie didn’t portray the character’s personalities well, but in a book you get to hear their thoughts and your understanding of minor characters is enhanced.
Ronnie and Will’s love story was simply perfect. Her father’s journey, reaching out to God’s presence and discovering that He’s *everywhere*, not just here and there, was beautiful. The way Nicholas Sparks weaved religious themes into the book was refreshing and added to the general beauty of the story. And Jonah never failed to bring a grin to my face, of course. Marcus was ten times creepier in this than he was in the movie and the differences between book and movie didn’t disappoint me. I love them both equally, neither variation of the story better than the other in my opinion.
Ronnie comes to her dad’s home, determined to be miserable. But throughout her visit, her father shows her nothing but kindness. Even when Ronnie is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, her father stands by her and tells her that he believes in her and loves her no matter what. When Ronnie meets Will, everything changes. She’s wary of the handsome volleyball player who also turns out to be a rich boy, the kind of boy Ronnie has always stayed away from. But Will is different and she finds herself falling for him. But when tragedy strikes Ronnie’s family, will it bind them together, ever stronger? Or will it tear them apart?
There were tears flowing down my cheeks as this book neared it’s conclusion. A bad time to forget to have a box of tissues handy, right? Because the last thing I wanted to do was set this book down to run to the other room for tissues! The Last Song is a wonderful coming of age/love story that I will definitely read again in the future.
Coming Soon: She’s looking to reclaim her fortune…he is the catch of the season and looking to keep from being snared in a marriage…will these two members of New York society end up head over heels for each other? Look for my review of A Change of Fortune, by Jen Turano, soon!!