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The Last Song

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  493,682 ratings  ·  11,772 reviews
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Seventeen-year-old Veronica 'Ronnie' Millers 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 everyones best interest if
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 8th 2008)
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Stef Rozitis The word "inappropriate" has no meaning without a context. Inappropriate to what? It's like saying "is this taller?" Taller than what? Appropriateness…moreThe word "inappropriate" has no meaning without a context. Inappropriate to what? It's like saying "is this taller?" Taller than what? Appropriateness (and it's reverse) needs a reference point. People seem to no use the word "inappropriate" to mean things they disapprove of in general (which is actually more relative than they imagine anyway). But that is a wrong use of the term.

For example I could say swear words (curse words if you prefer) are "inappropriate" in my role as teacher, but what I mean is that they are inappropriate for use in the classroom or for use by children. If I meant that people should never under any circumstances use them there are better words for that such as "offensive" or "wrong".

Even then your question would need to be better defined because people are offended by different things. But obviously the author would have thought every single word he chose was perfectly appropriate for the story he was trying to tell!(less)

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Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
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
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of NIcholas Sparks
Recommended to Joyzi by: Youtube
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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks
The Last Song is a 2009 novel by American author Nicholas Sparks. The Last Song is Sparks' fourteenth published novel (fifteenth published book), and was written specifically as the basis for the film adaptation by the same name. It was released on September 1, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. The story revolves around the summer of Ronnie (Veronica) Miller's seventeenth year, during which she is sent to stay with her estranged father. Through their shared love of
Fabian {Councillor}
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 ...more
[Shai] Bibliophage
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!
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 dont 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, Ive 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
Chelsey Ellice
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.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
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
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Yara Yu
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Sometimes you have to be apart from people you love , but that doesn't make you love them less , sometimes you love them more ❤
Aishu Rehman
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
Aisyah ♡
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
Bree T
Aug 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
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, Im still not entirely sure I liked it. I think Im leaning very much towards no.

Veronica Ronnie Miller is 17 and going through 'that' stage. Shes disrespectful to her mother, she goes out partying and clubbing in New York where she lives and shes also had a slight run in with the law due to some shoplifting. And shes
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who is looking for a heartfelt, inspiring book about first love and loss

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
I first read this book 8 or 9 years ago before the movie came out and I absolutely loved it (I also loved the movie and it is a fairly good adaptation but the book is better. The book is almost always better). I am glad to say that years later, my opinion on the book hasn't changed and I loved it just as much this time around.

When I was younger, I used to love all of Nicholas Sparks's books. It was around when this one came out that my feelings towards his books started to change. I read this
May 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this on a summer holiday, I recall being in a caravan and also being at the beach at the time. Isn't it funny the things that we remember whilst revisiting a book. This was a really nice story, Mr Sparks will always deliver a sweet story with angst and emotion, and always a message thrown in for reflection as well.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Buddy read with my good friend Joanne
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
More than 5 stars ,I enjoyed reading it from the first word to the last word of it , It was a light reading, and PERFECT
Tasos Anastasopoulos
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Last Song

3.5 stars

The first halve of the book was not good. I seriously didn't liked the main character for 2/3 of the book- Ronnie. She was a spoiled irritating brat.
Luckely her character evolved through the end.

The middelpart was mwah. But the end made up for the rest so overall 3.5 stars.

Jonah, her little brother, was adorably cute and I loved Will.

Mom says it's because she has PMS.
Do you even know what that means?
"I'm not a little kid anymore. It means pissed-at- men syndrome

I have
Serena Li
Jun 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Oct 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
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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


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