In high school, my English teacher read this book to the class. I remembreview originally published at Love literature art and reason book review blog
In high school, my English teacher read this book to the class. I remembered some of it, but this was the first time I actually picked it up to read it.
Who Moved My Cheese is a very simple short story that teaches a valuable lesson about change. It’s about two mice and two littlepeople who represent regular people. It’s a story that could be told at work, school, or even to your kids. It’s a great lesson and I’m sure there are other similar stories that do the same type of parallel. Like any fairy tale or children’s book, it is short, involves animals, uses simple examples, but teaches a bigger lesson.
A lot of people hate this book because it because so popular. Also, I guess I’d be upset if I paid over $20 for a large print 90 page book where the main story only takes up half of that and could be less than 10 pages if printed in a normal book sized font. However, that’s not the point. I’m not going to judge the book in that way because I don’t think it’s relevant when I didn’t pay for the book myself. Despite the issue of whether or not the book is worth paying for or just exists to make a profit, it’s worth the read.
Change is a very major part of our lives. I see people struggle with it everyday. It’s hard to connect with people sometimes because I’ve grown so used to change in my life and I get that most people don’t understand how I could be okay with moving at the drop of a hat. As a military spouse, I totally get change. As a person who very much enjoys routine, I fight against it sometimes.
I love the point of the book and the different observations it makes. The lesson is that you have to examine your life and be on the lookout for things that are happening so that you anticipate change. You have to embrace change. You cannot be stagnant in the world. Whether you own your own business and are fighting to keep things traditional and still stay afloat or you work for a company and are used to do the same thing day in and day out, it’s important to note that you have to change. Maybe you don’t have to be okay with moving away from friends and family, changing jobs, getting used to new people and places, and then having to do it all about a couple of years later, but you do have to realize that you must change. Your “cheese” won’t always be the same, stay in the same place, and be there forever.
The book is simple. I understand that people can think that’s lame. But if you’ve never really broken down the reasons that change is good, this story is extremely helpful. You’re not entitled to something just because you have it right now. Even if you do embrace some change, I think most people hold on to some sort of routine or expect something to stay the same always and it’s a good wake up call to realize that you have to open yourself up a bit to change. I worked for a company that didn’t embrace change and suffered from growing pains because of it. I work for a company now that has changes frequently with how we do things and while it can be hard to keep up, each change is a result of finding out that what we were doing before wasn’t working as well. I know that the attitude towards change has to be part of the reason I enjoy working there so much. ...more
A friend of mine who doesn’t really like sappy romances recommended The Last Song to me when we were discussing the few Nicholas Sparks book we enjoyeA friend of mine who doesn’t really like sappy romances recommended The Last Song to me when we were discussing the few Nicholas Sparks book we enjoyed, so I figured I’d check it out. I’ve never seen the movie, nor did I know what the book would be about.
There were aspects about The Last Song that I enjoyed. I think, as a whole, the story was great. I liked the characters, the plot, and the romance, and the way Ronnie grew throughout the whole book. I liked the lessons learned and the way it ended. There were certainly moments I felt I could relate to very strongly having met my husband at 17 and falling for him pretty quickly, as well as mending my relationship with my dad a lot more after realizing how little I really knew about the situation between my parents. My husband was the one to show me mudding and fishing and generally all things redneck because I didn’t come from the south, much like Will did with Ronnie. Like Ronnie, I also have a funny little brother, and I didn’t have the best group of friends at certain points in my teenage life. So there were definitely a ton of things I connected with and related to when it come to Ronnie’s story.
However, the book fell flat for me overall. I’m usually fine with third person narration, but this book felt distant and not written very well. I felt like there was way more telling instead of showing and the only character who really broke through that writing was Jonah because he had such a strong personality and maybe Ronnie’s dad because he was an adult. Mostly, I felt like the author was writing about teenagers without really getting into character, which made all of Ronnie and Will’s perspectives feel weird. The author did well with Ronnie’s dad point of view, which is why I feel like it was merely a problem of getting into the minds of the teen characters.
I felt like I was reading a story about two teenagers from the perspective of someone who doesn’t understand them at all and feels as if they are one dimensional. It was frustrating because I liked Ronnie and Will and even Blaze and I felt like the author could have explored their characters a bit more and treated them like normal. He even failed to do justice to Scott and Marcus, creating characters who were selfish for the sake of being selfish and bad for the sake of being bad. Marcus was probably a really complicated person and he was way too generalized. Maybe I read way too much YA, but if you can’t write from a teen characters perspective without simplifying them as people, then perhaps you shouldn’t be writing about teens at all.
Overall, The Last Song was a great story that was limited by the writing. It could have been amazing, but instead it fell just short of the mark. I do recommend the book to fans of Nicholas Sparks. It’s definitely a great story and perhaps my issues are due to not caring for his contemporary romances in the first place aside from a select few and also reading a lot of YA and expecting more from authors writing about young adults.
I had a tiny problem with the issue of God in the book. It was certainly subtle, but I think that’s what caused me to notice it at all. It felt misplaced in the story because the characters never really explored anything. Besides Pastor Harris praying and Steve trying to understand how he talks to God and reading the Bible a couple of times, no other mention of God was really there until Ronnie started randomly placing emphasis on it. You never really see her come into Christianity or praying expect for once with Pastor Harris and then suddenly she’s interjecting Holy Spirit into paragraphs. It was weird. I would have preferred the author taken a similar route to A Walk to Remember by having it front and center a bit more, had a few more scenes with Ronnie generally attempting to connect with God and seeing her believe, or just omitted the whole thing altogether. I don’t think most people will take issue with this because I feel like a lot of churchgoing people randomly sprinkle in Holy Spirit references anyway, but I was thrown off.
Honestly thought, The Last Song isn’t bad if Nicholas Sparks is an author you typically read and my biggest issue is that he isn’t a go to author for me. I know I was underwhelmed when I kept thinking that perhaps the movie would convey a scene better than the book....more