The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
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 about love in its myriad forms - first love, the love between parents and children - that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts ...and heal them.
Review: This is the first Nicholas Sparks novel that I read and it was pure amazement for me to go through everything with Ronnie, Will, Steve, etc. Thankfully, I checked this puppy out of the library so there was no need to buy it. If I could, I would definitely purchase it. It's beautiful and probably the first book that made me cry towards the end. I did not see that climax coming at all and it was heartbreaking for Ronnie to go through that. There were some characters that I wanted to know more about though, like Creepo Marcus xD. Every character is very relatable and real unlike many others. I must admit that I had a hard time imagining Miley Cyrus as Ronnie in the beginning of the novel because she didn't have purple streaks in her hair! I know it's silly...
What I thought of:
The Beginning: It was a great introduction to Ronnie and the rest of the characters. I really like Steve's character and the way he's very considerate. The prologue of the novel was also interesting. We see Ronnie be her rebellious self for a bit before Creepo Marcus ruins it for her.
The Middle: It was definitely better than the beginning with many things occuring. Not only that, but it was cute and endearing seeing Will and Ronnie interact the way they were. I hated a couple of character's guts and wanted to beat them up near the part of a wedding....but then the hate-o-meter turned into a tear-o-meter once I hit the climax. Read it and you'll know what I'm talking about. You just won't expect that to happen (unless you read a summary somewhere...) and when it does, your jaw won't be able to stay in place. At least for me, that is. When I read the letters in the books, I completely lost it. (During the whole climax, you might want to listen to When I Look At You by Miley Cyrus. If you hate her like me, you'll like this song because it fits the mood. But her voice is still as annoying and nasal there...don't hit me!)
The End: Oh, the ending. It was truly sad to see everything crumble like that for Ronnie. But it was nice to see her stay strong and play the piano. I loved the ending! :)