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The Last Song

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  350,034 ratings  ·  9,940 reviews
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 alienated 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. ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 8th 2008)
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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 N
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.
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Jennie Smith
Feb 17, 2010 Jennie Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
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
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 Ro
Jan 08, 2015 Laz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics
“Sometimes you have to be apart from people you love, but that doesn't make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.”

Astonishing good. It's my first Nicholas Sparks novel and I don't intend it to be my last after reading this. I like the way he writes and the way he depicts life in the most real way possible. This book had something true to it, well, it must have been the characters who had a vibe of realness in them that most books lack sometimes.

Ronnie is a seventeen-year-old g
May 20, 2010 Jenny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star-books
And those were understatements. EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO KNOWS HOW TO READ MUST READ THIS!!! Geezz. I cried a lot.
Half way through the book, I decided I would download the osp for the movie. And while reading, I was listening to the song over and over again. It didn't bother me. It actually made me appreciate the book more. A long time a go, after reading The Choice, I swore to myself I will never read a Nicholas Sparks's book again until my fri
Carito García
• "Primero tienes que aprender perdonarte a ti misma" •

Siguiendo su estilo romántico y dramático que tanto lo caracterizan, Nicholas Sparks nos vuelve a emocionar con "La última canción", una novela de amor y de perdón.

Todo comienza en las vacaciones de verano, cuando una adolescente de 17 años rebelde y hostil se ve obligada a pasar el verano en un pueblo de Carolina del Norte con su papá y su hermano menor. Ronnie, que no se habla con su padre desde que se divorció de su madre, no puede esper
The Translation Abbey
"La vida era como una canción.
En el comienzo, hay misterio, al final, hay una confirmación, pero es en el medio donde todas las emociones se asientan para hacer que todo valga la pena".

¡¡Amé, amé, AMÉ este libro!!

Sin embargo... ¡a leer con Kleenex!
Los que vieron la peli, ya están prevenidos de que se puede terminar así:

...o así...

o, como en mi caso, así:

Aisyah (*≧▽≦)ノ
This is my fav nick sparks book ever! Which is saying something because his other book, A Walk to Remember is heartwrenchingly beautiful and made me bawl like a baby! Another reason why I adore this book is the writing, I love how the characters interact with each other and the amount of sassiness in the dialogue made it a delightful read.

I've been fangirling during the cute moments between Ronnie and Will~ They banter and kid around with each other a lot, but you could also sense the connection
Αν και μέχρι τώρα δεν είχα διαβάσει κανένα βιβλίο του Nicholas Sparks, ήμουν ήδη μεγάλη θαυμάστρια του καθώς έχω δει όλες τις ταινίες που βασίζονται στα βιβλία του και τις έχω αγαπήσει σχεδόν όλες, μάλιστα μια από αυτές είναι η πιο αγαπημένη μου ταινία(το a walk to remember).Το τελευταίο τραγούδι εξ αρχής μου είχε αρέσει σαν ιστορία οπότε ήμουν σίγουρη πως θα λατρέψω και το βιβλίο όπως και έγινε.
Η δεκαεφτάχρονη Ρόνι είναι αναγκασμένη μαζί με τον μικρότερο αδερφό της τον Τζόνα, να περάσει το καλο

“Life, he realize, was much like a song. In the beginning there is 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 Last Song is my first Nicholas Sparks' book and I am positively certain this book will not be my last. The Last Song is a heartfelt story about first love, loss, the common problems of a teenager's life and is filled with many emotions and stunning, but imperfect characters that develop throug
Jan 07, 2010 Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls
Recommended to Natalie by: Shelby, Movie Preveiw
I really liked this book! I just finished it. About the middle of the book something really shocking happens. I would have never guessed it happened. I almost came into tears some parts of the book was so sad. This is totally a girl book! Romance- Not bad romance. Relationship. Once you read the book you get why The Last Song is such a good title! And why it's The Last Song. The reason for why it's called The Last Song is sad. I decided to give this book a try because I saw the preveiw for the m ...more
An angst-ridden teenager. Placed in a foreign location. A boy (for no apparent reason) falls for her. She starts to show her real personality. She and her father reconnect. Her father coughs. Revelations start coming out of everywhere. Her mother is not so great after all. Her dad's dying (see above: cough). She verbally abuses the boy and he kindly takes it, because he's a gentlemen. He leaves. Her dad dies. She's matured as a person. She goes home and completes the task her father left her wit ...more
As most of you know, I LOVE Nicholas Sparks. I did find this book very predictable more so than most of his other books. I can see where it would appeal to the "younger" crowd. The main character is 17 yrs old and with Miley Cyrus having a say in the character's name and a dedication in front of the book, it is sure to be a seller among young teen readers! However, I am not sure how I feel about this book. The story is sad, frustrating and unrealistic at times. I don't like the way the mother ha ...more
Zemira Warner
The Last Song is by far so much better than the movie. Hands down. There are so many details that were not done in the movie that Sparks truly made the book feel complete and perfect.

Since Nicholas Sparks wrote it, it is already a given that it will be sad. He always adds a dramatic twist at the end of his books, which is why I enjoy reading them! I will not spoil what happens but he gives indications early on as to what will occur so it becomes predictable. However, the ending of this book is
Miss Kim
3 1/2...mmm yeah, I'm going with that.

I think this book probably works better as a movie. However I have not seen it yet…anyhoo…

The story starts out a little slow with a seventeen year old girl, Ronnie, and her nine year old brother, Jonah, who are from NYC, are being sent to the south to live with their father, whom they have not seen in three years. Not surprisingly, Ronnie thinks she knows everything, and is determined her life is being ruined. She thinks her father just abandoned them, and h
Tasos Anastasopoulos
May 24, 2011 Tasos Anastasopoulos rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tasos by: Ellen Isabella
Shelves: kindle
First of all you should excuse me in advance since this is only the first ever review that I write not only for a book but for well whatever...and well also apart from that it's the first book I've read since at least ten years ago...and that's not all hehe,until now I was used to reading a different style of books...
Having a first view of the book I could tell that probably I don't belong to the "target group" that this novel is more suitable for...the plot and well Nicholas Sparks previous one
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There were times when I cried ,laughed ,and just times when I felt happy inside!
I totally recommend this book to anyone who Loves romance and basically life of others!
This book made me mad. The main character, a spoiled 17-yr-old, has been shop-lifting, staying out all night, and disrespecting her mother. Mom only knows about the last part and decides that darling daughter should spend the summer with the father that walked out on the family 3 yrs earlier. Upon arriving at Dad's place in NC, darling daughter takes off (not run away, but certainly coming and going as she pleases) and immediately pals around with kids she thinks are like her. Yes, they are broo ...more
Ellen Isabella
Another remarkable piece by Nicholas Sparks, tells the story of love, in any kind of. The story was beautifully written, heart-wrenching, tear jerker and seriously addictive.

Ronnie, a rebellious girl, got mad at her father because of her parents’ divorce. When she found out that her mom would want her and her brother Jonah to spend the summer holidays with her dad, she had known that it would be the worst summer ever, for she hated her father of what he had done. But as the day passed, she figur
Inés Izal
"Pero cuando es la persona correcta, lo es y simplemente lo sabes."


Este libro es increíble. Lloras a moco tendido desde el primer tercio, y cuando llegas al final, es ¡Boom!
Brianna ☯
4.5 Stars

I originally heard about The Last Song because the movie was coming out some years ago. I watched the movie and fell in love. Eventually I thought to buy the book and it sat on my shelf for the longest time. Finally I picked it up and I'm so very glad I did.

I can't began to explain how much more I love the book rather than the movie. It was just so much more insightful to the characters and their stories.

Plot- I knew the plot and all the twists going in so I thought I wouldn't en
Bree T
I finished The Last Song and have sufficiently recovered from the thumping toothache it gave me from being so saccharine and sweet. Even after finishing it and mulling it over a bit, I’m still not entirely sure I liked it. I think I’m leaning very much towards no.

Veronica “Ronnie” Miller is 17 and going through 'that' stage. She’s disrespectful to her mother, she goes out partying and clubbing in New York where she lives and she’s also had a slight run in with the law due to some shoplifting. An
COME ON? What's with the picture perfect reviews on this book?

This book has nothing appealing to it. I don't know what it is about Nicholas Sparks but his books always give that sort of dull, sameish vibe to it. Apart from The Notebook, his other books are basically the same. This book is no exception. There is honestly nothing special. It's about this kid Ronnie who likes to party but is actually a smart girl who reads, get this, Anna Karenina. Still, she manages to screw herself over and hang
Limau Nipis
I find this is a coming of age novel. And how it appealed to younger generations (cough cough, no I am not denying that I am getting older), but it did not appeals to me much.

I am awarding this book a 3-star because I found that the ending is although predictable, but satisfying. The start of the book till the middle, for me is all about a teenager's life. What I cherished most was when Ronnie's moments with her dad and her brother. It was heartwarming and saddening most of the time.

I remembered
I have to admit I really liked "The Last Song", and part of that might be the fact that I have a weakness for coming of age novels that establish both a sense of place as well as a true coming to terms for a character going through jarring changes in their lives. It also helps that "The Last Song" is a summer story, and that appealed to me before I even picked it up.

For anyone that's curious, I have seen the movie with Miley Cyrus, but I have to be honest and say for anyone who's seen that and w
Samantha Hayward
The Last Song, written by Nicholas Sparks is a magnificent novel on finding your true self. Seventeen year old Veronica or what she liked to be called, "Ronnie" life was turned upside-down when her parents got divorced and her father moved from New York City to North Carolina. Three years after the divorce, her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in North Carolina with him. Ronnie still despises her dad for leaving her and her mom and brother, and ther ...more
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I hate to admit it, but I think my judgment of The Last Song may have been influenced by Miley Cyrus being cast in the movie. I have also had some disappointment in many of Nicholas Sparks’ novels. They all have the same plot: Two people fall in love, someone dies, and then it ends. Though The Last Song was not my favorite book, it wasn’t my least favorite either.

Ronnie Miller is a very rebellious teenager. When her dad leaves New York, she just lets everything go: her grades, her piano playing
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