The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks #mf #review #giveaway @SparksNicholas


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#1 bestselling author Nicholas Sparks’s new novel is at once a compelling family drama and a heartrending tale of young love.
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 alientated 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.

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I thought this book would really connect with me, Ronnie’s a hurt and rebellious teenage girl who is angry over her father leaving them.  The father who was trying to find a new life after his music career came to a sudden stop. How could he relate to his two kids he left behind. The mother making a decision that would be hard for any divorced, single mother.  How could I not feel something right?  Well as I have found with every book by this author, I walk away feeling  like my emotions were being twisted and manipulated into forcing me to care enough to sob for eternity. I need things to happen naturally and shock me to my core.

The author’s writing style is great, it reads smoothly and kept me interested, but I was able to predict most of what was going to happen from the first choice by the mother.  What woman will force her two kids to go spend the summer with dad after he hasn’t seen them in three years? That totally spoiled the rest of the story for me because I couldn’t connect with her any more after that.

Ronnie was acting like a brat but I did get her.  I would be angry as well, but she went to the ultimate level of rebellion and even stopped playing the piano because that reminded her of the time she spent with her father.  Jonah was a doll, but then he is just a free spirited little boy who was just happy to have his dad back in his life for a little bit.

Steve, the father, I think I could have made a better investment in him had I not predicted the outcome in the first chapter. This is where I felt manipulated, like the author wanted me to fall for him especially so I would be upset when the truth came out.

Overall this was a good read for those who like to see a young angry girl come to realize that life doesn’t revolve around her and her assumptions about people’s choices aren’t always the reality of the situation.  Forgiveness and compassion is something that Ronnie had to learn in this book and I did like the fact we were able to watch her take in the information of her life and conform to the woman she was meant to be.

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