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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. 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 about love in its myriad forms - first love, the love between parents and children - that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts . . . and heal them.

390 pages, Paperback

First published September 8, 2008

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About the author

Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

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 he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010), The Best of Me (2011), The Longest Ride (2013), See Me (2015), Two by Two (2016), Every Breath (2018), The Return (2020), and The Wish (2021) as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. His twenty-third novel, Dreamland, was published on September 20, 2022.

Film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels, including The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven (on all of which he served as a producer), The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song, have had a cumulative worldwide gross of over three-quarters of a billion dollars. The Notebook has also been adapted into a musical, featuring music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson.

Sparks lives in North Carolina. He contributes to a variety of 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. He co-founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina in 2006. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame) he also spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school. In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4×400 meters, as well as US High School National Records in the 800 Medley and 1600 Medley. Click to watch the Runner’s World video with Nicholas.

The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 2011, to provide scholarships and fund educational programs for underprivileged and disadvantaged youth. Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of the Sparks family, more than $15 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects. Because the Sparks family covers all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.

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644 reviews358 followers
April 19, 2018
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 Notebook, you will love this one because it has the same style, while most Sparks' other books are of a different sort.

The characters:
Were should I start? Ronnie was a great character.To watch her grow through the whole book was great, I loved to see how she went from a confused and rebel teenager to a mature full-grown young woman. She managed to end up satisfied with her life and proud for what she accomplished.
Jonah, her younger brother, was the sweetest kid ever. I couldn't get enough of him. Every time he said 'awesooome' I just wanted to hug him forever,LOL.
And Will... well, he is the perfect Hero, the kind and loving boyfriend, perfect for the heroine in every way. I completely adored him. Every time he appeared and said something I melted. My heart was lost from page one.
And Steve, Oh, Steve. I completely adored him since page 1. I couldn't have asked for a better father figure for the kids. He was so patient and everything Ronnie needed. I was so happy to see how he finally managed to get in good terms with his children again. But the best thing about this book was the process, to see how both of them started trusting and caring for their father once again.

The book:
I just loved how everything developed. Everything connected just right at the end. And what an ending. I love books with a HEA. Although this one will make you burst into tears like a cry-baby, SO BE READY and have some tissues at hand. Seriously, I spent the last 100 pages crying and crying and CRYING. I'm not kidding with the tissues, you will really NEED them. This book was so heartbreaking at times that I felt my heart breaking into a million pieces. It touched me in ways I never thought a book could. I just loved this read and would strongly recommend it. =)
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9,564 reviews36 followers
February 7, 2022
The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks

It is a story about the life of a girl who, after the separation of her parents, faces emotional problems. The Last Song is a 2009 novel by American author Nicholas Sparks. It is Sparks' fourteenth published novel, and was written specifically as the basis for the film adaptation by the same name.

The story revolves around the summer of Ronnie (Veronica) Miller's seventeenth year, during which she is sent to stay with her estranged father. 17-year-old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller is a troubled teenager who is wanting to live her own life and is trying her very best to ignore her divorced parents: Kim, her mother with whom she lives in New York, and Steve, her father who lives in his hometown of Wrightsville Beach, NC. Her mother decides that it would be in everyone's best interest if Ronnie and her 10-year-old brother, Jonah, spent the summer in Wrightsville Beach with Steve. Jonah is excited, while Ronnie can only wonder why her parents hate her so much as to send her there for the summer. ...

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفدهم ماه جولای سال2014میلادی

عنوان: آخرین آواز؛ نویسنده: نیکولاس اسپارکس؛ مترجم: معصومه دریاباری؛ تهران، نشر گستر، سال1390، در371ص، شابک9786005883275؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده ی21م

روايت زندگی دختری است، كه پس از جدايی والدينش از همديگر، با مشكلاتی عاطفی رودررو می‌شود؛ نویسنده در این رمان، از «عشق»، «شادی»، «آرامش»، «صبوری»، «مهربانی»، «خوبی»، «تعهد» و «جوانمردی» و ...؛ سخن میگویند، و میکوشند دنیایی زیبا، برای خوانشگران کتاب خویش بیافرینند؛ «اسپارکس» برای نوشتن رمان «دفترچه خاطرات» به شهرت جهانی دست یافتند؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 11/02/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ 17/11/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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340 reviews422 followers
December 27, 2010
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.
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232 reviews488 followers
March 15, 2016
When you look at modern Women's Fiction (or Chick Lit, as it is called for whatever reason), Nicholas Sparks is one of the few names you cannot turn away from that easily. He has written more novels than many other authors, most of them have become quite popular, and if you take a look at his Goodreads page, you might realize that thirteen of his novels have more than 100,000 ratings. There was only one author who I discovered to have more novels than Sparks with such an achievement on Goodreads.

It's easy to figure out why people like this novel, and I understand and value all of the raving opinions. The concept is pretty interesting, too. A teenage-girl one step before entering adulthood trying to deal with life and the obstacles thrown at her, her dysfunctional family trying to hold together what hasn't already been shattered, and this gorgeous boy from neighborhood who is so sweet and courteous and attentive that it seems like Nicholas Sparks wants you as a reader to fall in love with him as well. And that's already the problem: I just don't buy it. People can be as beautiful as possible, but it's impossible to judge whether the soul behind that beauty is just as beautiful ... or maybe ugly. However, Sparks defined Will, the protagonist's love-interest, as sweet and beautiful and successful and ... did I mention beautiful? Throw in the facts that Will rescues endangered animal species, has a lot of friends and experience and is one of the best atheletes in his town. Let's summarize: He is the perfect guy.

It seems like Nicholas Sparks wants to handle every stereotype available out there. He introduces the cruel, mean antagonist who finds pleasure in making life difficult for others, terrorizing them and treating women like shit. Guess the purpose of this? To make the perfect guy shine even brighter, of course. Nobody is as perfect as Will Blakelee, but Sparks seems to want his reader to believe just that. But allow me to question one thing: If Will had had the same character, but another appearance, not the Liam Hemsworth kind, but a not-so-attractive guy ... would the movie have been that successful then?

I guess not.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against romance novels. I liked Ronnie, the female protagonist, and the story of her family, I adored her little brother Jonah, and the writing was not as bad as I initially feared. But I do have something against novels defining love by how good-looking people are.
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950 reviews859 followers
November 17, 2017
I wasn't able to fully appreciate this book the first time I've read it. I thought I should give this novel a chance, thus I read this again to see if I will like this more on the second time. I didn't like it, but rather I love it! I could see myself on Ronnie's shoes at family matters only. And how I wish that I have someone like Will in my life too just like Ronnie. hahaha!
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June 11, 2020
“Life, he realized, was much like a song. In the beginning there is a 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 sentences always managed to touch my heart every time I read this novel. The story in this novel is really fascinating. This novel was written by Nicholas Sparks. It is a romantic novel that was successfully released in September 2009 by Grand Central Publishing, United States. It is about family and love, primarily first love.

It began when Veronica Miller(Ronnie), a 17-year-old talented teenage girl who was disappointed with her father for having left her family without a cause after divorce with her mother. That made Ronnie very angry and decided to stop to play piano even she has refused a scholarship from Julliard and never spoke with her father for a long time. His father, (Steve Miller) was a musician and also music teacher. After a divorced with Ronnie’s mother (Kim), he lived in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. He always spent his days composing songs with his piano. During the summer, Ronnie’s mother brought her and her younger brother (Jonah) to spend the entire summer with their father. Ronnie was very angry and unhappy.

When she got there, Ronnie did not want to greet his father and she decided to walk to the beach. At the beach, Ronnie met her new friend (Blaze) who had the same problems with parents just like Ronnie. What makes me interested in this novel is that it tells a love of the family and the struggle of a father while trying to make his daughter feel happy. Steve wrote a song for his daughter in order to make her happy and forgive him. However, Ronnie never noticed him and she preferred to play with her friend on the beach.
Besides telling the love of the family, Nicholas Sparks also tells the reader about first love story in this novel. At that time, Ronnie had found a turtle egg which was attacked by raccoons. She did everything possible to protect the turtle’s egg from raccoons. Until she met (Will Blakelee), her first love. Will was a young man who accidentally spills a milkshake on Ronnie’s clothes which was apparently sent by the aquarium to check turtle’s egg in front of Ronnie’s house. However, not long after, a misunderstanding ensued. Will’s ex-lover, (Ashley) has incited Ronnie that Will always brought his girls to play in the aquarium. After the misunderstanding was overcome, Will asked Ronnie to come to his sister’s wedding. This made Ronnie talk to his father after all this time. Ronnie told her father about her first love with Will. His father was very happy Ronnie would talk to him even hugging him. Jonah, Ronnie’s brother, also help her by giving all his savings to buy her sister a party dress.

After the writer tells the happiness in this story, he brings the reader to feel the sadness in this story. Ronnie’s happiness didn’t last long, until she heard the news that his father had a cancer and it made his life no longer long. Jonah was asked by his mother to go back to his house even though he did not want to, while Ronnie wanted to stay with his father. The theme that the writer used in this story is affection. Affection is very important thing to prove the existence of love. Sacrifice, speech, and action are ways to express the meaning of affection. We have to be able to give happiness to people that we love. No matter how bad Steve’s condition was, he still did not give up finishing the song for Ronnie. Until his hands could no longer play the piano. Ronnie replaced her father to finish the song and she finally returned to play the piano after all this time. His father felt proud and happy for her until he closed his eyes for the last time. That was the last song that Ronnie and his father made. She was sure, when the church window shined, the light was his father.

I am always bewitched and cry after reading this novel. The atmosphere created by Nicholas Sparks is felt by the readers. No wonder this novel is very popular and loved by the readers. Even the novel was successfully filmed on March 31st 2010 and starring Miley Cyrus as Ronnie, Liam Hemsworth as Will, Greg Kinnear as Steve Miller and Bobby Coleman as Jonah.

Read it and watch it.
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413 reviews38 followers
July 11, 2023
The last song was such a beautiful work of art and a joy to read. The story was woven with a musical theme, and so was the writing, utterly melodious. I was moved to tears on more than one occasion. The main character, Ronnie’ experienced love, forgiveness, brokenness, grief, and I am just stunned at how the author ensured her emotions did not conflict with each other. Her love story did not taint the grief. For example there was a scene at her dad’s funeral, at the height of her grief where She saw Will, the boy she was still in love with but broke up with because of a clash about principles. She loved and grieved at the same time, I was moved to tears.
Nicholas Spark is an incredible writer, I really enjoyed this book.👌
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Author 5 books489 followers
November 30, 2009
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

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 best thing for her. At least that's what her mother thinks.

Ronnie arrives with the intention of ignoring her dad. On her first night there she wanders the beach and meets a girl, Blaze, who seems okay. But Blaze is addicted to Marcus, and Marcus is bad news. And Marcus is interested in Ronnie. Ronnie can tell Marcus is trouble and tries to avoid him. But the triangle will ultimately create problems.

On a brighter note, Jonah is totally content in North Carolina and with spending time with his father. He has no desire to return to New York City. Jonah has joined his father in creating a replacement stained glass window for a church that burned in town.

As the summer unfolds, Ronnie falls in love with a local boy, Will. She discovers the wonders of Loggerhead turtles. And she learns to trust her father all over again. As the summer comes to a close, more than one tragedy occurs, and Ronnie must face some hard truths in her life.

I have to admit that it's been a while since I truly loved one of Mr. Sparks' novels. Don't get me wrong, I do adore his work. But it's been ages since I sat down with one of his books and found myself with tears in my eyes. This was one of those rare stories. With about forty pages to go in the novel, I found myself with wet eyes and the sniffles.

THE LAST SONG is already in movie post production starring Miley Cyrus as the rebellious Ronnie. With the main character being a teenager, and with subplots of rebellion and first love, THE LAST SONG is a novel that will appeal to a wide audience: teens and adults alike. With the addition of Miley in the title role when the movie is released, THE LAST SONG will find even wider circulation.

As with all of Mr. Sparks' books, expect tears, joy, love, and ultimately redemption and forgiveness for many of the characters. The wonderful characters in THE LAST SONG will stay with you long after the final page is turned.
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273 reviews63 followers
February 18, 2010
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 his books. I have read almost all of them and so far, this one takes the cake. Ronnie is such a relatable character to me on many levels and the whole first love/coming of age story is something that we have all experienced. I fell in love with the characters, cried when they cried (of course), got mad when they did stupid things, and was rooting for Ronnie the entire time. Throughout the novel, you see Ronnie’s complete transformation and realization as to who she is as defined by herself and not by those she surrounds herself with. So often we tend to adapt to those around us and do our best to fit it at any cost (emotionally, physically, etc.) and for the past few years that is what Ronnie has done. It is not until she is forced to come see her dad that she finds out who she is and what is truly important in life.

This is Sparks’ longest novel and he couldn’t have done any better with it in my opinion. I highly recommend it to teens and adults alike and will definitely be going to see the movie at the end of March.
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330 reviews117 followers
May 10, 2017
Loved this book. It was different to the movie and went into more detail. I loved the ending better than the movie, after such a sad thing that happened I was glad Ronnie and Will get back together.
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1,164 reviews639 followers
June 20, 2010
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 Ronnie's (short for Veronica) character. Coupled with the fact that her attitude at the beginning of the novel was a huge turn-off, I was close to calling it quits... UNTIL something happened on page 127… Ronnie saved the sea turtles… oh sweet nibblets, she had to go and save the sea turtles and my attitude soften and I plowed through the rest of the book in a few short hours.

Seventeen year old Ronnie Miller’s life was turned upside down when her parents divorced and her father moved away from New York to North Carolina. After three years of anger and alienation from her father, she is forced to spend the summer in Wilmington with her dad, a former concert pianist and teacher. During this summer of growth, revelation and maturity, Ronnie is faced with the possibility of mending her differences and coming to terms with her new reality.

Overall, I feel this book isn’t one of Sparks strongest examples of his writing abilities, but it’s signature of his style to pull at your heart strings. I think what won me over was the main character’s demonstration of personal growth, maturity and compassion, but it took me a while to get there. Good book with a slow start but strong ending. I’m glad I didn’t give up because I ended up really liking it.
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271 reviews525 followers
January 8, 2015
“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 girl who's definitely have some issues with her parents. It all began three years ago when her parents got divorced and she never talked to her father ever again. This summer though she and her little brother have to spend her summer with their father in the little town where he lives. Ronnie starts mending her relationship with her father slowly and steadily while in the meantime she makes enemies and friends and most importantly falls in love with one of those guys she never liked or felt attracted to, but Will is the exception.

Will is the only person in the world that can actually put up with Ronnie and her peculiar self she is most widely know for. He chases her and not for one minute does he give up on her until she's his. And they fall in love, they spend their summer together, always together, doing things together like watching over the turtle nest outside Ronnie's house because a raccoon has been seen lurking around. They kiss and they talk and they learn about each other. It's so beautiful. And so real. Which is why I loved it so much.

I've certainly watched my share of romantic movies based on Mr. Spark's novels but I've never quite liked them that much that I would grab the book and read it but maybe it's just that the movies lack what his books have, that magic and realness because the movies seem somehow shallow..

Well, okay, read this because it's heartbreaking and heartmending and it explores lots of things about the parent-kid relationship. That's about it. Thanks for reading!
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161 reviews
May 21, 2010
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 friend told me this was good. I borrowed and put MAGYK aside to read this.
And I will never regret it.
I told you, half way till end, I was listening to Miley Cyrus sing 'When I look at you'. I don't even like her but the song was great. I remembered going inside my room when I reached chapter 30 because I knew something will happen and will bring me to tears. Then I read Chapter 31. I cried so so much. And when i finished crying, I'll hear the chorus of the song, and read more touching scenes and I will cry again. I repeated that process over and over and over again. It's just so sad that this book isn't mine..haha I didn't cry over a book ever that way. Well, I cried when I read New Moon when Edward left Bella but this was different. It's so touching and I felt my world falling apart as I read. Its simply beautiful. I love it. I love the characters especially Ronnie's brother. He's so funny and adorable. I wouldn't miss watching this film.

Please. Read this. Not reading this would be like never having to taste chocolate. Or never having to see colors. This book is brilliant.
June 12, 2020
Agung Reviews “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks

Life seems complicated for Ronnie Miller, a 17 years old teenage girl who has trouble with family and love. This is not only about her life, but she is also a trouble-maker. In the summer, her mother, Kim, decides to send Ronnie and her ten-year-old little brother, Jonah, to spend the holiday in Wrightsville Beach, NC, at her father's house. Yes, she has divorced parents. Jonah is excited to spend his holiday with his father, Steve. Meanwhile, Ronnie is thinking about why her parents hate her by sending her there.
Arriving in at Steve's house, Ronnie immediately runs on the beach festive to watch volleyball. Suddenly, she meets a handsome young boy, Will Blakelee. Will has an interest in Ronnie, and he decides to gets Ronnie's love. Not a long time, they spend time together, and they love each other. However, Will's parents do not like Ronnie's personality and background. Other problems also appear in their relationship.
Ronnie hates being in the house with her father. She has some conflicts with Steve. While she also has conflicts with her friends until she almost being jailed.
Along time, Ronnie finds out that Steve has cancer. After releasing the sea turtle together, suddenly, her father falls and puts him into an unstable condition. In the end, her father passes away. Ronnie keeps playing her father's favorite piano instrument.

The writer, Nicholas Sparks, tries to mix a story about love and family. Actually. Those things are based on love and relationship. One is a relationship with a lover, and another one is the relationship between parents and children. There is no one to be judged in the story. Every character has their own mistakes. They have their own experiences of living their life. They also have their way of solving problems. Parents have a problem with love; Ronnie and Will also have a problem with love. It is a different love story. It is not from one perspective. We can see love from an adult's perspective and a teenager's perspective.

In the beginning, the story gives a complicating vibe to the reader. It is because the story started immediately with the current situation without knowing the background of the problem why Ronnie gets into trouble, why her parents get divorced, and why every part is just so short, and it seems unclear. Well, this is my point of view.

In the middle, the writer tries to destroy the angry vibes by giving so much love scenes. Ronnie is spending time together with Will. Meanwhile, it is still inserted with other problems such as fire, friend betray, and Will's parents. Other than that, Ronnie makes her father as a mood-breaker.
At the end of the story, Ronnie regrets that she hates her father. Previously, she blames all the bad things that happen to her is because of her father. There is no reason why she does that. She actually loves her father, but she cannot say that. It is based on the laugh that she gets when she is talking with her father since she knows that her father had cancer. She starts to realize that what she does is wrong. After understanding, she starts to play the piano again as the representative of her love for her dad. Everything seems late; her father suddenly dies. She cannot make things up better, but she will at least play the piano to feel her dad's presence.

The end of the story is a combination of a sad and happy ending. This is maybe what today's' people really like to read since people seem bored with a happy ending. It has a plot twist too. The moody atmosphere is mixed with the appearance of love from Will. This is hard to explain because it is about what I feel.

The most important value in the story is we cannot back to the past to change about what we have done, good or bad. It is about regret. It is about how we build the relationship between everyone around us, including friends. Ronnie has a problem with friend things, she is sensitive, but she is kind. While if someone says this novel is for teenagers. No, that is wrong. Parents can also read this novel. Parents may take moral value about how they educate their kids.
Another value is honesty. In the story, Will tries to hide what happens with the church to Ronnie. When Ronnie finds out, she gets angry.

In conclusion, this novel is suitable for teenagers and adults. Even though this novel is a decade-year-old, but this is still good. The most interesting is the writer combines many stories to become one whole novel about love. I love it!
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499 reviews374 followers
May 11, 2019
Ronnie es una niña de diecisiete años que definitivamente tiene algunos problemas con sus padres. Todo comenzó hace tres años cuando sus padres se divorciaron y ella nunca volvió a hablar con su padre. Este verano, aunque ella y su hermanito tienen que pasar el verano con su padre en la pequeña ciudad donde vive. Ronnie comienza a arreglar su relación con su padre de manera lenta y constante, mientras que mientras tanto, ella hace enemigos y amigos, y lo más importante es que se enamora de uno de esos tipos que nunca le gustaron o se sintieron atraídos, pero Will es la excepción.

Will es la única persona en el mundo que realmente puede soportar a Ronnie y su peculiar personalidad por la que es más conocida. La persigue y ni por un minuto la abandona hasta que ella es suya. Y se enamoran, pasan el verano juntos, siempre juntos, haciendo cosas juntos como cuidar el nido de tortugas fuera de la casa de Ronnie porque se ha visto un mapache merodeando por ahí. Se besan y hablan y aprenden unos de otros. Es tan hermoso. Y tan real. Por eso me encantó tanto.

Ciertamente he visto las películas románticas basadas en las novelas del Sr. Spark, tal vez es que las películas carecen de lo que tienen sus libros, esa magia y la realidad porque las películas parecen de alguna manera poco profundas ..

Bueno, está bien, lee esto porque es desgarrador y conmovedor y explora muchas cosas sobre la relación entre padres e hijos.
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694 reviews275 followers
January 24, 2016
Ένα πολύ γλυκό, τρυφερό και πολυυυυυυυ συγκινητικό βιβλίο. Είναι απλό αφηγηματικά και πολύ ευκολοδιάβαστο. Τα κεφάλαια αν και σε τριτοπρόσωπη αφήγηση, χωρίζονται ανά ήρωα, με την οπτική γωνία του καθένα κάθε φορά, με μια μικρή προτίμηση στην Ρονι.
Το διάβασα πολύ ευχάριστα, αλλά σε ένα σημείο προς το τέλος μου το χάλασε, (εσείς που το διαβάσατε ξέρετε σε τι αναφέρομαι, εσείς που θα το διαβάσετε θα καταλάβετε) θεωρώ ότι το τράβηξε οοοσο μπορούσε για να βγάλει συγκίνηση. Δεν ήταν ανάγκη! Εκεί ψυχοπλακώθηκα! Φυσικά όλο εκείνο το κομμάτι δεν το διάβασα. Αφού παρακάλεσα για έλεος, το πέρασα κ πήγα παρακάτω!!! Δεν μπορώ να κλαίω στα βιβλία βρε παιδιά, με πιάνει η καρδιά μου! Στο σύνολο του πάντως αρκετά καλό! 3,5/5 αστεράκια
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1,054 reviews196 followers
December 31, 2015
After her parents divorced, seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller felt as if her world was crumbling around her, especially when her father decides to move from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina.

Three years on and still Ronnie is angry and has a bad attitude especially towards her mother. In fact Ronnie is becoming a handful to say the least. Ronnie's mother decides the best thing is for her daughter is to spend the summer with her father. Ronnie's father is a former concert pianist and teacher who now lives a quiet life, but that may all change once Ronnie arrives. Could this be exactly what Ronnie needs or could it make things worse?

An enjoyable story which I'm sure will be enjoyed by Nicholas Sparks fans and those alike.
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672 reviews965 followers
July 17, 2022
My favourite Nicholas Sparks book for sure. I could read this over and over again.

Seriously this story hits me in the heart. I love how Nicholas Sparks wove faith into this story too!!! Beautiful. I haven't read a lot of Nicholas Sparks, but this has to be one of his best.

Clean. A bit of minor language but not really noticeable. Highly recommend!
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229 reviews50 followers
February 9, 2017
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!

One of the main reasons why I adore this book is the writing, I love how the characters interact with each other and everyone has their sassy pants on. I had fun reading this book :D

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 and chemistry between the two of them.

Their relationship feels real, it relies on mutual respect and trust which I really like because it doesn't promote any elements of the infamous insta-love theme *shudders*. They were frenemies at first but of course the love between them develops into something much deeper...

This book has multiple POVs, each person has their own voice/writing style, my favorites are of course, Ronnie and Will's. I've read a couple of books where everyone sounds the same, thankfully this wasn't the case. What makes this book different is that we also get POV from the antagonists, which brings a different angle, and also better understanding of events that happened in the book. Although I kinda feel guilty for skipping some of the parts from Ronnie's dad cause it's boring (sorry). Beware though, this book made me cry like a whole lot due to unexpected feels. So make sure there are tissues near you, just in case.

P.S Nick Sparks wrote this book especially for Miley. She's awesome :)

Update 2/2/17

I wrote this review back in 2013 but I just wanna add this here because I'm a big fan of Miley (seriously her song, Adore You remains my favorite of hers) and I was struck with a wave of nostalgia when I saw it on Instagram because it's just like that moment in the car when they sang together, but only now it's Miley and Liam <3

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847 reviews773 followers
August 14, 2020
Don't hesitate reading any of Nicholas Sparks books if you are a hopeless romantic...

Ronnie - short for Veronica - is a troubled seventeen-year-old. Her parents divorced three years ago, and she hasn't spoken to, or seen her father since then. When she is forced to spend the summer with her dad in a small beach town in North Carolina, she is soon on the edge of `out-of-control'. However, over the weeks of the summer, she experiences her first love, and discovers things that change not only her outlook on life, but also her very existence. Her transformation from a rebellious, angry teen-ager into a responsible, sensitive, adult is heartwarming.
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52 reviews49 followers
October 30, 2014
"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:

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2,156 reviews91 followers
August 10, 2010
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. And she’s less than thrilled when her mother packs her and her brother Jonah off to spend the summer in Nowhere, North Carolina with their dad. Their dad left three years ago and Ronnie hasn’t spoken to him since. And she’s definitely not interested in spending 3 months with him.

Ronnie is all types of attitude from the get-go. She meets a girl named Blaze at the local sort of carnival/fair on her first night and takes off with her and three older, trouble-written-all-over-them boys up the beach. She takes off the next morning refusing to tell her father where she was going and stays out until 2am. To be honest, if I’d have read this book when I was 17 and fighting for my own adult independence and freedom, I might have empathized with Ronnie a little. But quite frankly, she just struck me as a brat who needed a bit of a kick up the wazoo.

Essentially, The Last Song is a coming of age story about Ronnie growing some self-awareness and some self-respect but it’s done so fakely that I could just not get into it. Apart from the whole ridiculous storyline with Blaze and her semi-boyfriend Marcus, there’s Will Blakelee thrown into the mix. Will is rich. Will is handsome. Will becomes enamored with Ronnie and the purple streaks in her hair and her black nailpolish from the first moment he collides with her on Ronnie’s first night in town. They have several misunderstandings but it turns out that they like each other. They both think the other is different. They date. They fall in love! Oh no, Will’s rich and snobby mother doesn’t approve! Oh no, Marcus is lurking around causing trouble!

So many things happen in this book that just seem entirely unnecessary. The whole shoplifting thing with Blaze. The whole Marcus wrecking Will’s sisters wedding thing. And then of course, there is the Reveal That Changes Ronnie Completely. It’s such a trite, clichéd ending whereby girl learns the error of her selfish teenage ways and ascends the throne into adulthood over the course of about the last third of the summer. I usually like happy endings, and even though this one is kind of two parts sad with one part perfection, I was still extremely dissatisfied. This story was just so full of nauseating moments that I just couldn’t really enjoy it. Even when Nicholas Sparks tries to make rebellious, evil characters, it doesn’t quite ring true. They don’t seem all that fleshed out – more like what he thinks antagonists should be. Even Ronnie at her wildest was pretty tame for a teenager. She went to all sorts of clubs in New York City and never even had a drink.

There was also far too much religion in the latter part of this book for me to stomach. Sparks seems quite religious, God and religion was a bit of a theme in Dear John too, but it was much more prevalent in this book. All the praying and the God’s way and God’s will at the end got a bit much for me personally. Some people might really identify with that but I find heavy handed religion pretty off putting in novels.

I hear a lot of criticism about Sparks about his novels being pretty cookie-cutter. After Dear John I thought that if they were all like that, it’d be quite possible those critics were right. 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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121 reviews42 followers
November 24, 2020
Ronnie has not spoken to her dad for three years and now she has to spend the summer holidays with him. But everything changes when she meets Will, her first great love. The relationship with her dad improves. It could all be so nice if it weren't for Blaze and her boyfriend. Will's mum also gives her a bit of a hard time. But in the end, her story with her dad doesn't end as she had hoped, but she finds her true happiness.

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122 reviews94 followers
October 9, 2021
این داستان یه جور عجیبی کلیشه‌ای بود. همه چیزش تکراری بود. فضاش جوری بود انگار هزاران داستان این مدلی خوندم. تقریبا تمام حرکات شخصیتا قابل پیش‌بینی بود و خیلی خوب میتونستم حدس بزنم پایانش چجوری میشه.
از ویل اصن خوشم نیومد. تیپیکال یه پسرِ آمریکاییِ عاشق پیشه‌ی نجات بخشِ قهرمان طور بود. اصلا این که خانواده‌ش چجورین یا این که ویل تا پایان داستان چیکار می‌کنه برام قابل حدس بود!
اما در عوض، جونا شیرین و بامزه و بانمک بود! شخصیت مورد علاقه‌ی من تو این داستان قطعا جوناست. تنها شخصیتی بود که یکم از کلیشه‌ها فاصله گرفته بود.
در کل، داستان خیلی آروم و عاشقانه بود و این جالب بود که رونی در طول داستان یه جورایی تکامل پیدا می‌کرد.
سبک من نبود؛ اما بعضی جاها از مود و حال و هواش بدم نیومد :)
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152 reviews
January 8, 2010
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 movie and it looked good. I also gave this book a try because Nicholas Sparks wrote one of my favorite movies. A Walk to Remember. Good movie!-Girl movie.
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1,569 reviews1,043 followers
August 11, 2011
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 so bittersweet and adorable that made me love it even more. What bothers me is that this book is not only about a romance as what the movie depicts it to be. This book is about rebuilding a relationship between father and daughter. Their relationship as the book continues becomes genuine and beautiful. It makes you truly value one's own relationship with their parents. It took a few chapters to really get into it but by the middle I could not put it down til the end. A must read for everyone. I definitely recommend it to all. And bevare you are going to cry-A LOT!

Of course, If I could change one thing about this book, I wouldn't want it to be so predictable, especially when it got towards the end. But The Last Song is a page turner! I enjoyed reading it and I believe anyone who reads it will enjoy it as well! Sparks does a fabulous job writing this novel it is a love story that also ties in how people can have family problems as well as trouble with friends. Not to mention it is an easy read and everyone can connect to at least one aspect this book has to offer.
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