In his novel, The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks has created a likeable, although rebellious character in Ronnie. Ronnie has had difficulties in her past – some brought on by her own choices, and some by the choices of others. She gives her mom nothing but trouble. When told she will spend the summer with her dad, she is angry and does all she can to get out of it. Her mother persists and Ronnie is forced to spend the summer after her senior year of high school with her father. The summer, however, turns out to be anything but what she expected. Her experiences and choices allow her to make some startling realizations about herself and her family.
The only thing I didn’t like about The Last Song was its predictability. However, that was easily forgivable and even easily overlooked when viewing all of the wonderful attributes of this novel. Nicholas Sparks has a talent for letting the reader really know and understand the characters and the things that are important to them. Each chapter brings new insight into the people and events of the story. Indeed, I found The Last Song extremely difficult to put down as I easily became wound up in the story. From the first pages to the very last pages I was intensely interested in the story that was unfolding and what it meant about the world described in the book, as well as the world in which I live. I highly recommend reading The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. I do warn you that it will take over your life until you finally finish it.