The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

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23 Critic Reviews

Steve is the kind of dad you’d be proud of...Add in Nicholas Sparks’ trademark dose of tragedy and you get tears. Floods of them. At points I even had to stop reading and compose myself. But regardless, the beautiful, bittersweet ending left me with a smile on my face.
-So Many Books, So Little Time

Synopsis

#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.
 

About Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California when he was eight. In 1984, he received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Notre Dame. Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and spent 56 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list followed by another 54 weeks on the paperback list. Sparks has had a string of New York Times bestsellers including: A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight, Dear John, The Last Song, Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Safe Haven became his eighth film adaptation. Sparks is involved in many local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
 
Published August 20, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 474 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Education & Reference. Fiction
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All: 23 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 3

Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on Sep 08 2009

The North Carolina beach is a vibrant backdrop to this story of love between romantic partners and between family members --- a tale that very effectively stirs the emotions.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Sep 04 2009

The story that follows is typically Sparksian, an engaging if heavily telegraphed stew of romance, betrayal, and youthful discovery, garnished with a healthy dollop of Christianity.

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About.com

Above average
Reviewed by John M. Formy-Duval on Jul 15 2015

The Last Song is more overtly religious than Sparks' previous books, all of which have had a strong moral compass. This does not interfere; rather, it infuses the themes with added depth.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by eurohp804 on May 11 2014

This book has many literary merits because of how the author displays characterization, suspense, and mood. Because of the literary devices used in this story, the author is able to create an extremely remarkable novel.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by kar13 on May 03 2014

Full of life lessons, this novel may be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding stories you ever read. “The Last Song” is truly one of the most realistic, gratifying, emotional books of our generation.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by sunnyhunny on May 03 2014

I recommend this novel to anyone looking for an average-level book that will make you think deeply and cry hard. It’s just about impossible to read this book cover to cover without feeling something stir inside you.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by JSwimmer on May 03 2014

After reading The Last Song, I was surprised with the ending. I was really pleased with the book, however parts of it were bittersweet, as Ronnie’s character learned to grow along the way because of the struggles life brought her.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by SaM:) on Mar 26 2012

The Last song was my favorite novel written by Nicholas Sparks, the characters were pure and innocent, and the plot was flawless. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good love story with a family twist in it.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by bella049117 on Nov 15 2010

The Last Song is an inspiring book that has a way of making Ronnie’s emotions feel real. Every chapter, page, sentence, and word is written so beautifully that it becomes almost mandatory to keep reading.

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Book Review Circle

Below average
Reviewed by Suchandra Ganguly on May 03 2014

Yes, there are a few surprises in the novel for a patient reader, but the road to these surprises is not at all exciting or stimulating. Read the novel if you like to read sob stories. Else, you are better off watching the movie based on this novel.

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All the Books I Can Read

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Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Jun 17 2010

I hear a lot of criticism about Sparks about his novels being pretty cookie-cutter...But The Last Song stepped it up to a whole new level! This book is no different from a thousand teenage romance stories out there. I think that might do me for Nicholas Sparks – for the foreseeable future anyway.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Crystal Patriarche on Oct 26 2009

It never quite captures the magic of first love the way Sparks' best works (The Notebook and A Walk To Remember) do, but fans won't be disappointed. It's a great story of Ronnie coming of age, discovering her true self and falling in love for the first time.

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Book Him Danno

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Reviewed by Lisa Peters on Oct 30 2010

This is really about the relationship between a daughter and her father. It has a love story intertwined, but the bulk is about the father/daughter relationship. I cried and I cried and the end was good...

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Alison's Book Marks Blog

Above average
on Feb 01 2010

The Last Song is the first Nicholas Sparks book I have ever read, and I was not disappointed...Thank you to all of my readers who encouraged me to read Nicholas Sparks. I am glad I did...

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I'd So Rather Be Reading

Above average
Reviewed by Kelli on Jul 17 2015

This novel differed a little from his previous works in that the ending wasn't 100% perfect. There was a little bit of reality in there, not as much as in Dear John, but enough to make it seem somewhat plausible.

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Simply Books

Above average
Reviewed by Simply_Megan on Dec 09 2010

...The Last Song wasn't a bad novel at all and I would recommend it to fans of Nicholas Sparks. It had a cute romance and a sad ending if you like to cry over books/movies, but it wasn't an amazing novel.

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Tina's Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Tina on Nov 03 2009

Once I hit midpoint the book was very predictable but in a sweet way. Even though I had the ending pegged I was a blubbering fool as I read through the hard parts. The depth of emotions Ronnie faces as she matures about 5 years in a short six month span was brilliantly written.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

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Reviewed by Sophie on Apr 28 2010

Steve is the kind of dad you’d be proud of...Add in Nicholas Sparks’ trademark dose of tragedy and you get tears. Floods of them. At points I even had to stop reading and compose myself. But regardless, the beautiful, bittersweet ending left me with a smile on my face.

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A Novel Menagerie

Good
Reviewed by Sheri on Sep 02 2009

This novel delivers several stories that tie to one another nicely. It somewhat reminds me of his novel A Walk To Remember, an all-time favorite of mine.

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Caught Between the Pages

Excellent
Reviewed by Kayla on Apr 26 2010

They were easy to pictures and I could almost hear their voices in my head-a definite plus for any book. I’ve been trying to think of some negative comment to add, but I honestly can’t think of one. Get ready for a tear-jerker ending, though.

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YA Book Queen

Good
on May 10 2010

The change in narration helped keep the story moving, and helped to really give me a feel for everything that was happening.

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Healing Hearts

Good
on Jan 14 2012

I could go on and on but I don't want to post any spoilers. Let me just say if this book had been published this year (or if I'd read it the year it released) it would have made my favorites list for sure. In fact, I loved this book so much I bought the DVD.

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soniareviews

Good
on Mar 03 2011

The story teaches you to forgive yourself, learn from your mistakes, and grow as a human being. Life is too short to hold grudges or to push people away.

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