The Last Song

Written by Nicholas Sparks

Cover of "The Last Song"

Cover of The Last Song

Book #15 of 2012

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Nationality: U.S.
First Edition: 2009
My Edition: 2010
Original Language: English

Well…I have been quite a slacker lately. I actually finished this book about a month ago, but got really lazy and didn’t want to write about it. I’m sure you’re all just dying to hear my thoughts. But if I’m to be honest, I don’t remember this novel as crystal clear as I probably would have when I really finished it.

I know this book got all kinds of wonderful reviews, but I don’t fully agree with all the hype. I guess I shouldn’t have ready The Lucky One first, because I thought that book was fantastic, so my bar was set pretty high.

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Seventeen year old Ronnie, who has her life flipped when her parents get a divorce, remains a mean little brat three years later. Her mother decides it would be best for all involved if Ronnie were to go spend the summer with her estranged father in Wilmington, North Carolina. Throughout the book, Ronnie’s mean, hard shell is chipped away by her new love for Will and her rekindled relationship with her father.

The theme of the book is based on Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (Galatians 5:22-23)

All through the book you learn about Ronnie’s father and his search for God.

…he couldn’t help feeling like an amateur, someone searching for God’s truth like a child searching for seashells.

I can relate to this. There is a feeling of inadequacy that comes with the search for God. And then when you realize that God is in everything, that He is everywhere, the feelings of inadequacy are replaced with feelings of hope and of peace.

As for Ronnie, I thought it was kind of weird, her falling in love so quickly. Who falls in love with a guy in a couple weeks? But hey, I’m a cynic. (A happily married cynic, I’ll have you know.) But Will was pretty head over heels for her, too, so it certainly wasn’t one-sided. Ahhh, the smell of summer romance.

He started at her, knowing with certainty that he was falling in love. He pulled her close and kissed her beneath a blanket of stars, wondering how on earth he’d been lucky enough to find her.

Anyways, The Last Song was pretty good. I guess I just had a hard time relating to it, because I didn’t fall in love until I was an adult, and I’ve never been estranged from someone, only to **SPOILER ALERT** have them die after I rekindle the relationship. And it probably didn’t help that I was imagining Miley Cyrus as Ronnie the entire time, either – something that really grated on my nerves. Damn movie.

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The Lucky One

Written by Nicholas Sparks

Cover of "The Lucky One"

Loved it.

Book #14 of 2012

Nationality: U.S.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
First Edition: 2008
My Edition: 2012
Original Language: English

It’s no wonder everyone loves Nicholas Sparks. This story was like CRACK in book form. Ridiculous.

People can relate to this…I can relate to this. The mistrust, the vulnerability, the pain of memories, the excitement of new love, the terror of past mistakes haunting you. Sparks really hit it on the head with this one.

Also, I have to note that I love that he respects the military so much. I don’t know that he understands so much, but he certainly writes as if he does, and for that attempt, I am appreciative.

The lead woman, Beth, was great. She was witty and strong and wary, but not quite wary enough to be a fool. The lead man, Logan, was a seasoned marine with some ghosts. He was described as an intelligent, sexy marine on a mission of his own: to find Beth, the woman in a picture he found.

They met and began spending a lot of time together, doing simple things.

She was struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.

The comedic relief in the book was definitely Beth’s grandmother, Nana. She’s wise and hilarious.

If relationships were hard, marriage was even harder…it seemed like most couples struggled. It went with the territory. What did Nana always say? “Stick two people with two different sets of expectations under one roof and it ain’t always going to be shrimp and grits on Easter.”

All in all, it was a very good book. I couldn’t put it down! I definitely recommend it.

Happy reading, friends.

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