Thursday, January 21, 2010

Nicholas Sparks' The Last Song

Last week I finished reading Nicholas Sparks' new novel The Last Song. The Nicholas Sparks fan in me enjoyed it. The YA fan in me laughed at a few of the "non YA" descriptors. Ronnie - a 17 year old - thinks about guys being "on the make" yet even my interns in their early twenties don't remember that expression. The agent in me (and the crazy part of my that is obsessed with first person POV) wished the story was told from alternating first person POVs rather than third. And the 13 year old girl in me kept singing Miley Cyrus in my head.

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.

Haven't missed a Nicholas Sparks movie yet - not going to miss this one either :)


Kristin Miller said...

I think I've read one Sparks book, but I can't remember which one. The Notebook, maybe? And I haven't seen any of his books' movies, but I might have to see this one because I think Miley Cyrus is a-freaking-dorable. I just love her.

And writing 'forever' on her shoe? Like reeling me in on a fishing line. Yes, ma'am. Gotta see it.

Shelby said...

on my bedside table at this very moment is Sparks' book abot travels with his brother around the world.. one of my favorites of his.

ChristaCarol said...

I haven't read this book yet, but Sparks is always captivating in his works. I like Miley, too, and will be seeing for both reasons (and adding yet another book to my TBR. I feel so behind!).

TirzahLaughs said...

I don't read anything with Nicholas Sparks name on it. I know it'll be sappy, gushy, and sadly romantic. My body rash sort of movie.

He just doesn't write the type of books I like. Now if I could just stop getting them for Xmas presents. Tirzah

The Book Vixen said...

I am a huge fan of NS! I have this book and I cannot wait to read it. I'm not too thrilled that Miley Cyrus is in the movie but I'll still see it. At least her voice doesn't sound too annoying...

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