Title: The Last Song
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publication: March 1st 2010 by Grand Central Publishing
Received: Bought somewhere, but I can’t remember where
Rating: 4 out of 5
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.
This was the first and only Nicholas Sparks book I’ve read. I bought it because there was a chance for me to read the book before seeing the movie. Once again, like My Sister’s Keeper, the movie changed some key things that could have made the movie a lot better.
The book follows Ronnie, a misfit, through her transition from living with her mom to living with her dad. She’s a known klepto, having been popped for it once in New York. Down in the small town in North Carolina, she’s not able to do that without serving some time.
Right off the bat, Ronnie gets in with the wrong crowd which leads to her being framed for stealing. The girl doesn’t even remain her friend or back her up and the only thing that lets her off the hook to a point is that her Dad knows the Sheriff. Ronnie is expected to stay in North Carolina until the trouble passes, no matter how much she wants to go home early.
Ronnie doesn’t like the set up but she stays and ends up falling for Volleyball Player, Aquarium Volunteer, and a million other things, Will. He’s not what she expected and after several failed attempts they do end up falling for each other.
The story becomes your usual Nicholas Sparks romance after that, Ronnie is the poor girl, Will is amazingly rich, and expected to be with some other girl, etc. etc. I won’t go into details now since that will ruin the book for you but it ends well . . . sort of.
The story is told from Ronnie’s Will’s, and her Dad’s point of view, which I thought worked for this type of book.
I haven’t really taken an excursion into other Nicholas Sparks books because I feel like it’s the same deal with Jodi Picoult, most of the stories follow the same formula so once you’ve read one of them you’ve pretty much read them all.
Who knows, maybe I’ll read The Lucky One before seeing the movie!