Review: The Last Song

I saw the trailer for The Last Song while going to a showing of Young Victoria over the holiday’s and wanted to read it before the movie is out later this spring. The movie is not released until April 2010 but I bought a copy of the book last week and am happy to have read this while on vacation.

From the author’s website: Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, a scant eighty minutes prior to 1966. As fate would have it, my father was a bartender and was scheduled to work that night, usually the busiest of the year. Short on tip money but long on pride, he demanded the finest obstetrician in Omaha and I was brought into this world kicking and screaming, the second son of Patrick Michael and Jill Emma Marie Sparks, in a family that would include an additional child (a daughter) the following year.

Did you know… Nicholas wrote the screenplay before he wrote the novel? The Last Song is the longest novel that Nicholas has written?

Synopsis: 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.
Type: Fiction, 390 pages, Hardcover

Quick Take: You might guess that I’m going to love this story since I had to buy the book after seeing the movie trailer – you are right. This book will bring back memories of your first love and your last summer as a teenager (the independence that we all craved at the time). It’s also a story of family and learning to trust and love again. In typical Sparks fashion… you will shed a tear or two towards the end of this novel. I love books that tug at my heart.

Source: Personal Copy