Would you like to know what I love about Nicholas Sparks novels? Yes? Alright, I'll tell you: Things are never what they appear to be. He usually gives us a little hint, a tiny bit of foreshadowing, but usually, readers are surprised.
"The Last Song" was a breathe of fresh air. Sparks last few novels have been a sort of let down for me. I just adored Ronnie as our main character. A seventeen year old wild child, with a conscience. Even though I am twenty-four, I can relate to a teeny bopper character more than one in their thirties or forties. It has a bit of "The Notebook" themes, but is entirely different as well.
Ronnie is forced to live in North Carolina for the entire summer, with her crafty (but cute) ten year old brother, and her father who bounced out on her family. She hasn't spoken to him in THREE years. But of course, things are not what they seem. Reading as this young woman falls in love, learns to forgive and changes lives...it's beautiful. Really. You won't be disappointed!