THE LAST SONG
By Nicholas Sparks
“The Last Song” is a heart touching novel by bestselling author Nicholas Sparks. This novel tells the story of a rebellious teenager, Veronica Miller ‘Ronnie’. She is seventeen-year old stubborn girl, three years back her parents got divorced which turned her world upside-down. When her father moved from New York to Wilmington after his divorce, Ronnie started hating her father, Steve. This novel tells you how love can make you feel special, how it can hurt you and how it heals you. It is a story of love, faith and family. Nicholas Sparks gives a great lesson about love through these quotes in the novel: “Love is fragile and we’re not always its best caretakers. Even the best of us make mistakes; we just muddle through and do the best we can to hope this fragile thing will survive by all odds.”
The novel starts when Ronnie’s mother forces her and her brother to spend the summer holidays with their father at his house near the beach at Wilmington, North Carolina. During this summer break, Ronnie not only meets the love of her life but she also learns that sometimes people who loves you goes away from you but that doesn’t stop you from loving them, it enhances our love for them. All this time, her father tries to mend their broken relationship but Ronnie always ignores him. Ronnie then meets Will who likes her and chases her. It’s her love for Will which convinces her to take first step towards her father. As her love flourishes, she learns to forgive her father.
In this novel, Sparks tells about faith, the bible and many other Christian believes: “I have faith that God will show you the answer. But you have to understand that sometimes it takes a while to be able to recognize what God wants you to do. That’s how it often is. God’s voice is usually nothing more than a whisper, and you have to listen very carefully to hear it. But other times, in those rarest of moments, the answer is obvious and rings as loud as a church bell.”
The romance in this story is sweet, delectable and heart pounding. The plot of this story creates a very good atmosphere for romance. The beach in the North Carolina provides a beautiful place for a teen love to blossom. The characters of the novels are both explicit and implicit. The little brother of Ronnie is very cute and plays a very important role as secondary character.
There is always something intriguing about Nicholas Sparks’ novel, it binds you to the novel till you finish it. His quotes, “Life, he realized, 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,” in the novel justifies the title. This novel is the story of first love and maturity. It shows the different shades of love, between a couple, between a son and father, and between a father and daughter.
At the beginning, the story is slow but as you flip the pages you find an amazing story which pulls your heartstrings. Nicholas Sparks writing style is real, simple yet poetic. This novel makes you cry hard and think deeply. Like every other novel of Nicholas Sparks’, this is very emotional novel with powerful message and incredible lesson. If you decide to read this novel, don’t forget your handkerchief.