The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

While I attend some great panels and meet some authors and publishers in New York City this week, I didn’t want to leave my readers high and dry for reviews. My mom, Pat, has supplied me with enough reviews to get you through until my return. Please give her a warm welcome.

Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song tells the story of Ronnie Miller, a sullen 17 year old.  She and her little brother come to visit their estranged father in North Carolina.  Her father, Steve, is a musical composer and has been on the outs with his family ever since he left them years ago.  Ronnie has musical talent like her father, and she has a criminal record for shoplifting.

This coming of age story is about redemption in the light of tragedy as a father reaches out to his estranged children during their summer vacation.  How does his daughter view him? Will their shared talents unite them once again? The Last Song is appropriately titled and is a five-star read.

Thanks to Hachette for sending along a free copy for review.


  1. I used to turn to Sparks when I needed a good, fluffy romance. And even though I agree with Sandy, I still don’t mind reading him from time to time. However, the whole writing this thing after the screenplay and Miley Cyrus helping name the main character…there’s just something about it all that turns me off. Still, this one is on my shelf, and I’m sure I’ll read it at some point.
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  2. Thanks for the review Pat. I still have to read this one and I’m looking forward to it. I’m a sucker for Sparks no matter what.

    Hope you’re having a good time in New York Serena!
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  3. I will stand up and admit I have an issue with Sparks. He is formulaic, and emotionally manipulative, and personally arrogant. That being said, he certainly knows how to make a buck and has a huge following. My daughter read this book, loved it, and then convinced me (and my son) to take her to see the movie. It has good messages and is safe for the tween crowd, so you have to give him some credit for that!
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