REACTION: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

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"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.” 

Back of the book blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside down when her parents divorced and her father moved to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains alienated from her parents, particularly her father…until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she and her brother spent the summer with him. Resentful and rebellious, Ronnie rejects her father’s attempts to reach out to her and threatens to return to New York before the summer’s end. But soon Ronnie meets Will, the last person she thought she’d ever be attracted to, and finds herself falling for him, opening herself up to the greatest happiness—and pain—that she has ever known. In the tradition of his beloved novel A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks brings us a deeply moving story of a young girl’s first encounter with heartbreak—and love.

Okay everyone! I’m going to be doing something a little different! I’m not sure if it’s already a thing or not but anyway, here we go. As you can see in the title, it’s called a REACTION. These will be for books that are really well known or books that have authors that are really well known therefore making the books pretty well known even if not everyone has read them, you feel me? (I just used “well known” so many times.) Basically, these will be shorter (maybe…) and not as in-depth as reviews. Reviews usually go more into the technical elements of a book. My reactions will literally just be how I felt while reading the book, just because there will probably be numerous reviews elsewhere. Now, beware, these reactions will have SPOILERS in them, mainly because the book is so well known (fuck, that phrase…) that most people will already know what happens anyway. So, please, read at your own risk. They will always be under a read more. I hope these are more exciting ways to get to know a book, and hopefully you all find them entertaining! Let’s get started.

A message from the cosmos:


Obviously, Nicholas Sparks is a staple in the romantic book department. I’m not sure why I waited so long to read him—a mistake on my part, obviously. But that’s hindsight. I must start from the beginning…

I bought The Last Song at a thrift store probably about a year ago. I love love and Nicholas Sparks is like the love doctor, you know? (He is very handsome.) Anyway, I have the movie cover version, which I love because I adore Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth is GORGEOUS. So, when I finally picked up this book to read, and mind you, I haven’t watched the movie yet, I was really excited because: 1.) YAY LOVE! 2.) I really want to watch the movie, but I want to read the book first! 3.) I want to see if it lives up to its hype.

As I started this novel, I realized two things: 1.) It’s not as fast-paced as the romances I normally read, which isn’t a bad thing, but I need to get used to it. 2.) Ronnie is SUCH a bitch. Her dad is a total sweetheart and she is being so rude. Like, honey, calm down… your teenage angst is a bit much for me. It’s actually pretty funny because I’m extremely overdramatic, too, so seeing her overreact to everything really hit home for me in a very comical way.

My first impression of Will was that he was going to be cute, funny, and really witty and swoon worthy. I was right. He was so cute the entire time and ugh, I just wanted Ronnie to kiss him already! I loved that he liked Ronnie even when she was being irrational and melodramatic. It was so cute.

I wasn’t used to romantic stories being so slow. I also don’t think I was used to romances being set in third person. This one, at least, made it seem a bit impersonal to set it in third person, especially with more than one narrator. Anyway, by the time it started to pick up, I was really enjoying it. Especially because by the time I realized the dad was going to FUCKING DIE, (I wasn’t 100% sure, but as soon as Ronnie caught him coughing that first time, I just had a feeling), I knew the story was going to be so much more than just about Ronnie and Will’s romance.

And it was. So much more, that is. It was about love, yes, but it was also about friendship, forgiveness, and how the love between a father and a daughter is so magical and beautiful. I was sobbing for the last 100 pages. I’m pretty sure as soon as Steve said he needed to go to the hospital I started bawling and didn’t stop until the book was finished. And then I cried some more. IT WAS JUST SO BEAUTIFUL. AND SAD. I ached for Ronnie because she wanted so much more time with her dad. I ached for Steve because he finally got to know his daughter and had to leave her. I ached for Jonah because he really wanted that fucking cookie, and I get that hunger. No, I’m kidding… sort of. I ached for everyone because it was just extremely emotional and UGH. How could NICHOLAS SPARKS DO THIS TO ME?!?!!?!  

Like, the line where Steve says, “Or maybe watching you enjoy a carefree summer while you fell in love was what kept me out of the hospital in the first place.” Like, are you FUCKING KIDDING ME? I AM SO SAD. I AM SO SO SO SO SAD. STEVE LOVES HIS DAUGHTER SO MUCH. And that last letter he wrote to Ronnie. What kind of SICK PERSON MAKES ME FEEL THESE SORTS OF EMOTIONS? It’s not fair… it’s just not fair.

Of course, Sparks redeemed himself in having Will transfer to Columbia so him and Ronnie could be together. That was totes presh. Even if I could barely read it because I was still sobbing over the fact that The Best Dad Ever died.

All in all, my first time reading a Nicholas Sparks book was an emotional roller coaster. It was slow at first, but it definitely redeemed itself and earned its 4 stars. I honestly should give it 5 just because it made me cry so hard. I literally have never cried so hard over a book in my life. Anyway, I am so excited to watch this movie (and cry some more) and read more of his heartbreaking yet heartwarming books! Yay! (Also, this is way longer than a review but I just have so many feelings. LEAVE ME ALONE!!)

Love always,
The Cosmic Reader

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