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 Wrightsville Beach, 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 Last Song is told in four differing points of view: Ronnie, Steve, Will and Marcus. Through each perspective, Mr. Sparks reveals more of the story and at times flashing back to the past to provide more history. Each character has something to add to the events of that summer and his or her own events adds the touch of reality to the story.
With any Nicholas Sparks book you are taken on an emotional journey that leaves you feeling both elated, drained and lots of tissues.. In this book Mr. Sparks finds a way to explore not only adult emotions but those of a child on the brink of adulthood who face fears and mistakes and shows the growth process.
This is a good story, yet it might remind you a lot of the notebook (more the movie version than the book at least). Some elements of the novel do stand out: It is Sparks’ longest, at over 380 pages, and some segments seemed to drag on to long. Also, all of the drama revolves around a teenager, which is different than some of his recent books.