The Last Song

By Nicholas Sparks

517,052 ratings - 4.15* vote

Alternate Cover Edition can be found hereSeventeen-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 i Alternate Cover Edition can be found hereSeventeen-year-old Veronica 'Ronnie' Miller’s life was turned

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Book details

Hardcover, 390 pages
September 8th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing

(first published September 8th 2008)

Original Title
The Last Song
ISBN
0446547565 (ISBN13: 9780446547567)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

valee

OMG!!! Seriously, this book was amazing. I never thought I would love it the way I did, I mean, I knew I would like it, but not that I would be this crazy about it.

My problem with other Sparks novels:
His beginnings are always very slow , so until now I never gave more than 4 stars to any of his books. But that was not the case at all with this one.I loved every page of it. I never was dissatisfied at all, actually I couldn't stop thinking about the book. If you liked A Walk to Remember and The Notebook, you will love this one because it has the same style, while most Sparks' other books are of a different sort.

The characters:
Were should I start? Ronnie was a great character.To watch her grow through the whole book was great, I loved to see how she went from a confused and rebel teenager to a mature full-grown young woman. She managed to end up satisfied with her life and proud for what she accomplished.
Jonah, her younger brother, was the sweetest kid ever. I couldn't get enough of him. Every time he said 'awesooome' I just wanted to hug him forever,LOL.
And Will... well, he is the perfect Hero, the kind and loving boyfriend, perfect for the heroine in every way. I completely adored him. Every time he appeared and said something I melted. My heart was lost from page one.
And Steve, Oh, Steve. I completely adored him since page 1. I couldn't have asked for a better father figure for the kids. He was so patient and everything Ronnie needed. I was so happy to see how he finally managed to get in good terms with his children again. But the best thing about this book was the process, to see how both of them started trusting and caring for their father once again.

The book:
I just loved how everything developed. Everything connected just right at the end. And what an ending. I love books with a HEA. Although this one will make you burst into tears like a cry-baby, SO BE READY and have some tissues at hand. Seriously, I spent the last 100 pages crying and crying and CRYING. I'm not kidding with the tissues, you will really NEED them. This book was so heartbreaking at times that I felt my heart breaking into a million pieces. It touched me in ways I never thought a book could. I just loved this read and would strongly recommend it. =)

Ahmad Sharabiani

The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks

The Last Song is a 2009 novel by American author Nicholas Sparks. It is Sparks' fourteenth published novel, and was written specifically as the basis for the film adaptation by the same name.

The story revolves around the summer of Ronnie (Veronica) Miller's seventeenth year, during which she is sent to stay with her estranged father. Through their shared love of music, the duo reconnect. 17-year-old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller is a troubled teenager who is wanting to live her own life and is trying her very best to ignore her divorced parents: Kim, her mother with whom she lives in New York, and Steve, her father who lives in his hometown of Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Her mother decides that it would be in everyone's best interest if Ronnie and her 10-year-old brother, Jonah, spent the summer in Wrightsville Beach with Steve. Jonah is excited, while Ronnie can only wonder why her parents hate her so much as to send her there for the summer. ...

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روايت زندگی دختری ست، كه پس از جدايی والدينش از همديگر، با مشكلاتی عاطفی رودررو می‌شود؛ نویسنده در این رمان، از «عشق»، «شادی»، «آرامش»، «صبوری»، «مهربانی»، «خوبی»، «تعهد» و «جوانمردی» و ...؛ سخن میگوید، و میکوشد دنیایی زیبا، برای خوانشگران کتاب خویش بیافریند؛ «اسپارکس» برای نوشتن رمان «دفترچه خاطرات» به شهرت جهانی دست یافتند؛
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Joyzi

The Last Song. Pictures, Images and Photos
(Is it just me or Milers really look stoned here*kidding*)

Amazing book, it's kind of emotional and depressing in the end but still it has a happy ending. Ronnie was like a character that I can personally relate to and the dialogues are just humorous. It's kinda like predictable but all in all it's really meaningful and highly recommended to all Sparks fans.

Fabian {Councillor}

When you look at modern Women's Fiction (or Chick Lit, as it is called for whatever reason), Nicholas Sparks is one of the few names you cannot turn away from that easily. He has written more novels than many other authors, most of them have become quite popular, and if you take a look at his Goodreads page, you might realize that thirteen of his novels have more than 100,000 ratings. There was only one author who I discovered to have more novels than Sparks with such an achievement on Goodreads.

It's easy to figure out why people like this novel, and I understand and value all of the raving opinions. The concept is pretty interesting, too. A teenage-girl one step before entering adulthood trying to deal with life and the obstacles thrown at her, her dysfunctional family trying to hold together what hasn't already been shattered, and this gorgeous boy from neighborhood who is so sweet and courteous and attentive that it seems like Nicholas Sparks wants you as a reader to fall in love with him as well. And that's already the problem: I just don't buy it. People can be as beautiful as possible, but it's impossible to judge whether the soul behind that beauty is just as beautiful ... or maybe ugly. However, Sparks defined Will, the protagonist's love-interest, as sweet and beautiful and successful and ... did I mention beautiful? Throw in the facts that Will rescues endangered animal species, has a lot of friends and experience and is one of the best atheletes in his town. Let's summarize: He is the perfect guy.

It seems like Nicholas Sparks wants to handle every stereotype available out there. He introduces the cruel, mean antagonist who finds pleasure in making life difficult for others, terrorizing them and treating women like shit. Guess the purpose of this? To make the perfect guy shine even brighter, of course. Nobody is as perfect as Will Blakelee, but Sparks seems to want his reader to believe just that. But allow me to question one thing: If Will had had the same character, but another appearance, not the Liam Hemsworth kind, but a not-so-attractive guy ... would the movie have been that successful then?

I guess not.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against romance novels. I liked Ronnie, the female protagonist, and the story of her family, I adored her little brother Jonah, and the writing was not as bad as I initially feared. But I do have something against novels defining love by how good-looking people are.

[Shai] Bibliophage

I wasn't able to fully appreciate this book the first time I've read it. I thought I should give this novel a chance, thus I read this again to see if I will like this more on the second time. I didn't like it, but rather I love it! I could see myself on Ronnie's shoes at family matters only. And how I wish that I have someone like Will in my life too just like Ronnie. hahaha!

Anysatiarasita

“Life, he realized, was much like a song. In the beginning there is a mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.” The sentences always managed to touch my heart every time I read this novel. The story in this novel is really fascinating. This novel was written by Nicholas Sparks. It is a romantic novel that was successfully released in September 2009 by Grand Central Publishing, United States. It is about family and love, primarily first love.

It began when Veronica Miller(Ronnie), a 17-year-old talented teenage girl who was disappointed with her father for having left her family without a cause after divorce with her mother. That made Ronnie very angry and decided to stop to play piano even she has refused a scholarship from Julliard and never spoke with her father for a long time. His father, (Steve Miller) was a musician and also music teacher. After a divorced with Ronnie’s mother (Kim), he lived in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. He always spent his days composing songs with his piano. During the summer, Ronnie’s mother brought her and her younger brother (Jonah) to spend the entire summer with their father. Ronnie was very angry and unhappy.

When she got there, Ronnie did not want to greet his father and she decided to walk to the beach. At the beach, Ronnie met her new friend (Blaze) who had the same problems with parents just like Ronnie. What makes me interested in this novel is that it tells a love of the family and the struggle of a father while trying to make his daughter feel happy. Steve wrote a song for his daughter in order to make her happy and forgive him. However, Ronnie never noticed him and she preferred to play with her friend on the beach.
Besides telling the love of the family, Nicholas Sparks also tells the reader about first love story in this novel. At that time, Ronnie had found a turtle egg which was attacked by raccoons. She did everything possible to protect the turtle’s egg from raccoons. Until she met (Will Blakelee), her first love. Will was a young man who accidentally spills a milkshake on Ronnie’s clothes which was apparently sent by the aquarium to check turtle’s egg in front of Ronnie’s house. However, not long after, a misunderstanding ensued. Will’s ex-lover, (Ashley) has incited Ronnie that Will always brought his girls to play in the aquarium. After the misunderstanding was overcome, Will asked Ronnie to come to his sister’s wedding. This made Ronnie talk to his father after all this time. Ronnie told her father about her first love with Will. His father was very happy Ronnie would talk to him even hugging him. Jonah, Ronnie’s brother, also help her by giving all his savings to buy her sister a party dress.

After the writer tells the happiness in this story, he brings the reader to feel the sadness in this story. Ronnie’s happiness didn’t last long, until she heard the news that his father had a cancer and it made his life no longer long. Jonah was asked by his mother to go back to his house even though he did not want to, while Ronnie wanted to stay with his father. The theme that the writer used in this story is affection. Affection is very important thing to prove the existence of love. Sacrifice, speech, and action are ways to express the meaning of affection. We have to be able to give happiness to people that we love. No matter how bad Steve’s condition was, he still did not give up finishing the song for Ronnie. Until his hands could no longer play the piano. Ronnie replaced her father to finish the song and she finally returned to play the piano after all this time. His father felt proud and happy for her until he closed his eyes for the last time. That was the last song that Ronnie and his father made. She was sure, when the church window shined, the light was his father.

I am always bewitched and cry after reading this novel. The atmosphere created by Nicholas Sparks is felt by the readers. No wonder this novel is very popular and loved by the readers. Even the novel was successfully filmed on March 31st 2010 and starring Miley Cyrus as Ronnie, Liam Hemsworth as Will, Greg Kinnear as Steve Miller and Bobby Coleman as Jonah.

Read it and watch it.

Jennifer Wardrip

Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Veronica "Ronnie" Miller won't be eighteen until the end of the summer, so she has to follow her mom's rules and is off with her younger brother, Jonah, to spend the summer with her dad in a North Carolina beach town. Ronnie hasn't talked to her dad in over three years. He left New York City and their family and moved back to his hometown. Ronnie is rebellious and having been arrested for shoplifting back home, a quiet summer in North Carolina might be the best thing for her. At least that's what her mother thinks.

Ronnie arrives with the intention of ignoring her dad. On her first night there she wanders the beach and meets a girl, Blaze, who seems okay. But Blaze is addicted to Marcus, and Marcus is bad news. And Marcus is interested in Ronnie. Ronnie can tell Marcus is trouble and tries to avoid him. But the triangle will ultimately create problems.

On a brighter note, Jonah is totally content in North Carolina and with spending time with his father. He has no desire to return to New York City. Jonah has joined his father in creating a replacement stained glass window for a church that burned in town.

As the summer unfolds, Ronnie falls in love with a local boy, Will. She discovers the wonders of Loggerhead turtles. And she learns to trust her father all over again. As the summer comes to a close, more than one tragedy occurs, and Ronnie must face some hard truths in her life.

I have to admit that it's been a while since I truly loved one of Mr. Sparks' novels. Don't get me wrong, I do adore his work. But it's been ages since I sat down with one of his books and found myself with tears in my eyes. This was one of those rare stories. With about forty pages to go in the novel, I found myself with wet eyes and the sniffles.

THE LAST SONG is already in movie post production starring Miley Cyrus as the rebellious Ronnie. With the main character being a teenager, and with subplots of rebellion and first love, THE LAST SONG is a novel that will appeal to a wide audience: teens and adults alike. With the addition of Miley in the title role when the movie is released, THE LAST SONG will find even wider circulation.

As with all of Mr. Sparks' books, expect tears, joy, love, and ultimately redemption and forgiveness for many of the characters. The wonderful characters in THE LAST SONG will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

Jennie Smith

I have always enjoyed Sparks’ books but we all know that we can only read his books at certain times (at least for me) because we CRY! I have heard about this one because I don’t live too terribly far from where it is filmed (my great pal Kathryn lives super close!!) and it was taunting me at Target last week. I bought it on Thursday, picked it up on Friday night to start reading it, went to bed reading it, picked it back up on Saturday and finished it!

This is probably my favorite out of all of his books. I have read almost all of them and so far, this one takes the cake. Ronnie is such a relatable character to me on many levels and the whole first love/coming of age story is something that we have all experienced. I fell in love with the characters, cried when they cried (of course), got mad when they did stupid things, and was rooting for Ronnie the entire time. Throughout the novel, you see Ronnie’s complete transformation and realization as to who she is as defined by herself and not by those she surrounds herself with. So often we tend to adapt to those around us and do our best to fit it at any cost (emotionally, physically, etc.) and for the past few years that is what Ronnie has done. It is not until she is forced to come see her dad that she finds out who she is and what is truly important in life.

This is Sparks’ longest novel and he couldn’t have done any better with it in my opinion. I highly recommend it to teens and adults alike and will definitely be going to see the movie at the end of March.

Chelsey Connor

Loved this book. It was different to the movie and went into more detail. I loved the ending better than the movie, after such a sad thing that happened I was glad Ronnie and Will get back together.

Arlene

I've read a few Sparks books and for the most part, I’ve really enjoyed them from beginning to end. However, The Last Song took me quite a while to get into, and I was very close to throwing in the towel and giving up.

To be honest, I realized I went into reading it with a bad attitude. *is ashamed* I'll explain my resistance... two words... one person... Miley Cyrus. Not a huge fan of hers, so when I started this book, her image and voice resonated in my brain and it matched perfectly with Ronnie's (short for Veronica) character. Coupled with the fact that her attitude at the beginning of the novel was a huge turn-off, I was close to calling it quits... UNTIL something happened on page 127… Ronnie saved the sea turtles… oh sweet nibblets, she had to go and save the sea turtles and my attitude soften and I plowed through the rest of the book in a few short hours.

Seventeen year old Ronnie Miller’s life was turned upside down when her parents divorced and her father moved away from New York to North Carolina. After three years of anger and alienation from her father, she is forced to spend the summer in Wilmington with her dad, a former concert pianist and teacher. During this summer of growth, revelation and maturity, Ronnie is faced with the possibility of mending her differences and coming to terms with her new reality.

Overall, I feel this book isn’t one of Sparks strongest examples of his writing abilities, but it’s signature of his style to pull at your heart strings. I think what won me over was the main character’s demonstration of personal growth, maturity and compassion, but it took me a while to get there. Good book with a slow start but strong ending. I’m glad I didn’t give up because I ended up really liking it.

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