The Last Song
by Nicholas Sparks

I hadn’t intended to seek out this book to read, nor did I have any desire to rush out and see Miley Cyrus in the new movie. Simply by chance my good friend said she had a new audio book that I could borrow. Only the next day when I popped it in the CD player, did I realize that the new movie and this book were one and the same. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nicholas Sparks, my favorite novel of his being The Choice.
So let me get down to business. This book was amazing! The main objective of any author is to find a way to connect with the readers, of which Sparks is a master. Whether you are a teenager, an adolescent, a father, a mother, a brother, a survivor, a sister, a friend, or animal lover; you will find a part of this story to connect with. But it’s the characters that will play upon your heart strings and carry you from page to page with growing anticipation.
A troubled teenage girl on the precipice of becoming an adult is taken to stay with her father, whom she hasn’t spoken to in three years, for the entire summer. Ronnie, short for Veronica, will find friends, discover love, withstand heartbreak, truly find herself and face unimaginable loss all in the short time of a summer vacation.
Steve is hoping that having his children, Ronnie and Jonah, with him for the summer will mend fences and bring them all closer together. Although, any attempt to get closer to Ronnie, only results in the opposite effect. Jonah on the other hand, has no trouble enjoying his summer with dad and unintentionally annoying his sister, often.
As much as I’d love to tell you more about this book, too many clues would only give away the whole puzzle. What I can tell you is that this masterpiece on the written page had me riveted; my heart broke and was reborn through the story and characters composed by Sparks. The Last Song did the impossible, it made me cry. No matter your usual type of book, this is just the type you should read.
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