The Last Song - Nicholas Sparks Review


From the author of A Walk to Remember comes a moving tale of redemption and first love when a rebellious teenager decides to spend the summer with her estranged father in a North Carolina beach town.

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 of love on many levels--first love, love between parents and children -- that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts . . . and heal them.

I've always loved the movie adaptation from The Last Song. I've never made it without spilling some tears during the film. I was beyond excited when I found out that they would translate this pretty pearl into Dutch. I couldn't wait to relive this beautiful story all over again. The movie was amazing, but it is nothing compared to the original story from the book.

The feelings and emotions from the characters are so raw and pure. They really hit you and they really make you feel all sort of things. You get to feel everything at once, it's an amazing rollercoaster. I laughed, I cried, and I laughed some more.

What I really loved about the story was that it was told from different point of views. It's not only Ronnie's part of the story like it's shown in the movie. We get a closer look into the lives of the side characters, like Stephen and Galadriel. I really loved this and it took the story to a whole new level. I really liked Ronnie's dad's story. He told his story in presence as well as in the past. This gave a clearer view on his life and his personality.

I was quite surprised by the religious aspect that was quite present in this story. It isn't shown in the movie, but it takes a big role in the book. I'm not a religious person but I must admit that Ronnie's dad's view in his religion is very fascinating. It's not too overwhelming so the story's nice and balanced between all these aspects.

Book Specifics:

  • Author: Nicholas Sparks
  • Genre: Romance
  • Themes: Loss, friendship, love, ...
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Published: September 8th 2008
  • Number of pages: 390 pages
  • ISBN-Code: 9780446547567
  • Price: $10.43
  • Rating: * * * *