A Book Review: The Last Song – Nicholas Sparks

April 9, 2010

The Last Song

I am not a morning person – ask my poor dad who has had cold coffee in the morning because I wasn’t fully awake when I got up to make it for him before he went to work and forgot to let the esspresso machine warm up.  On the contrary I’m a good night owl – maybe not so much now as I used to be (thank you Tim who talked sense into me).  Generally, I go to bed at a decent hour, but if I’m reading a book that I am wrapped up in it is impossible for me to go to sleep.  I stayed up reading Jane Eyre until five a.m. on morning.

Last night was a night like that.  I was tired, hardly could keep my eyes open, but picked up the book I was in the middle of anyways.  Now, I’m a Nicholas Sparks fan, I have been since I watched The Notebook, but I hadn’t read much of his recently.  Then I saw that a new movie based off one of  his books was coming out.  Then I saw the book at the library two days ago – though I must have seen it a thousand times – and picked it up.

I was up till 3 a.m. reading it. 

This is definetely one of Spark’s best books yet.  He has a way of capturing your emotions throughout his works and he has the ability to leave you in tears at the end.

The Last Song is a story of Veronica “Ronnie” Miller who is forced to spend the summer with her estranged father.  Ever since he left his family she has been bitter towards him, to the extent of avoiding piano playing, something that she would do with her Julliard teaching father and not answering his calls or opening his letters.

At the same time it is a story of Ronnie’s dad Steve and his search for God and the connection with his children that he had lost all those years ago.

Ronnie has become rebellious and continually fights with her mom, but something is different about her father and eventually she opens up to him and begins to make up for all of the years that she shunned him. 

It is a summer that changes the lives of Ronnie, her father and her brother as they come to know each other more and of course…Ronnie falls in love – it is a Nicholas Sparks novel after all.  But even though things seem to be looking up at the same time they are coming apart.

A beautifully written book charged with emotions it is told from multiple point of views that brings the reader closer to the characters.  In the end this story of “the summer she’d been betrayed, the summer she’d been arrested, the summer she’d fallen in love”  left me in tears and contemplating life as Spark’s novels aways do.


February

February 5, 2010

February is here, the month of love.  Some people enjoy it, others do not.  Whether you think of it as a time of affection and romance or refer to it as ‘Singles Awareness Month’ it’s here and there is nothing to be done to keep from being reminded of it over and over. 

It seems like the commercialization of this holiday only continues to grow and we’re seeing hearts and cards promoting Valentine’s Day in stores shortly after the new year.  Trust me, I’ve already been out and bought those chalky little conversation hearts that I love.

This month I’m going to focus on the topic of love on this blog – but wait! – before you hit the back button on your browser or type in a new url address hear me out.  I’m not going to go just go on about mushy love and all that despite the fact that I am a romantic at heart and love being in love.  No, I won’t bore all of you with that.

During this month I want to go over several things, love for others (not just romantic), patience (doesn’t matter if you’re single or not) and many other aspects, as well as some content on relationships. 

So I hope you stop back by and enjoy what’s coming!

(I thought that would be an appropriate way to sign posts on this kind of thing)