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- Lexile Measure : 790
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446547557
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446547550
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.25 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint Edition (February 4, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having said that, I would confess that the film made from this book was not, in my opinion, a very good one. I thought it was miscast terribly. I have had this book for some time and really resisted reading it because the movie was so bad.
But I was wrong. I don’t know how Mr.Sparks can put so much emotion into the written word. He is a national treasure.
I have read so many bad books written by bad authors, although in many instances the authors are doing the best they can. And although the books written are 2 & 3 stars they can’t compare to Mr. Sparks.
I won’t go into detail about what the story is about, just be ready to go on an emotional journey if you read this or any of Mr. Sparks other books. And do dig out underlying messages even if Mr. Sparks won’t admit to them. They are there which I’m sure is part of the emotional journey you’ll go on.
Read this or any of his books, you won’t be disappointed!
Overall, I liked the book. I thought he did a fine job of capturing the reactions of two kids to the breakup of their family, as well as the daughter's coming of age occurrences over the course of a summer. Being a Dad, I also liked the way he portrayed Steve, the Dad, who is struggling to remake himself as well as deal with his grave illness.
Ronnie, the seventeen year old daughter who is at the center of the story, arrives at her father's beachfront home under protest. She's almost eighteen, just a few months away from not having to be ordered to spend time with a parent she feels abandoned by and is angry at. This book is the story of Ronnie discovering Ronnie and confronting her reality. She is aided in this process of realization as she interacts with the youth in her Dad's town, confronts her abandoned gift of music she shares with her Dad, and grows to appreciate her Dad and the finality that his grave illness confronts her with.
Other characters such as the outcast local girl Blaze, her ne'er-do-well boyfriend Marcus, the town's chief hoodlum, and new boyfriend Will provide the personalities and situations that enable Ronnie to move beyond attitude and embrace her future as well as her past. The Marcus/Blaze/Will line was well-done and I thought (from the distant perch of a parent's perspective), portrayed some of the challenges faced by youth in sorting out love, peer pressure, fitting-in and rebelliousness in an interesting and believable manner.
This book was a quick read, with good characters, believable situations and as Nicholas Sparks apparently does well, heart-wrenching situations and occurrences that must be faced by the main characters as the story heads towards its bitter-sweet end.
There is Ronnie, a teen-aged girl, angry at the world because of her parents' divorce. A good kid, but rebellious. Steve, Ronnie's father has missed too much of his children's lives and, over the course of the summer, he wants to make it up to them. Will is a rich kid, who, amazingly, is not blinded by his parents' wealth, but sees, more clearly than most, what are the important things in life. Blaze, like Ronnie, suffers from her parents' split. Unlike Ronnie, she copes with her loss though her devotion to Marcus,a classic sociopath with a coterie of loyal minions who live to follow his direction.
None of these is a stock figure; they are real people. With the possible exception of Marcus, you see both good and bad in each of them, and you root for them to do the right thing.
The characters are believable; so is the story. The writing, of course, captures your attention. You'll love this book!
Ronnie- The change in this character is amazing. Coming from a family with divorced parents, I understand some of her anger and resent. Seeing her world view evolve throughout the story is truly beautiful.
Jonah- Who doesn't love a goofy little kid? Reminds me of my brother at that age.
Will- He just cares about everything, and doesn't mind going back and forth with Ronnie. He's also got an intelligent voice and perspective throughout the story.
Steve- Perhaps my favorite character, Steve is an impressive man because he faces his own troubles whilst still looking to God for answers and never giving up his faith. He has a reflective voice and never is angry at his children even when they make mistakes. He is honestly one of the most patient, faithful characters I've ever read, and I would be honored to meet somebody of similar standing.
I'd recommend this book to anyone, especially those who are experiencing some sort of grudge, and those from families with divorced families. It really puts how important it is to cherish the people in our lives into perspective.
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I do like Nicholas Sparks books even though they are a bit cheesy and a lot of them revolve around the same themes. They aren't great pieces of literature but they are a nice easy read and he has a way of telling a story that keeps me hooked and I am unable to put the book down. At the beginning of this story I was a bit irritated with Ronnie and her typical teenage 'I only think about myself and I'm angry at everyone all the time' attitude. However you quickly get to know the real Ronnie and am relieved that she realises how silly her attitude is and she becomes really likeable. The story with her dad at the end was heartbraking and especially since, despite being a married adult, i am a complete daddys girl it had me in floods of tears, which I have come to expect when reading Nicholas Sparks. It was beautiful and heartbreaking and as usual he has written about how our choices and our love for others resonate through our lives and define who we are.
A lovely book even if it is a slow start. It's worth a read but have some tissues to hand.
The first few pages were really slow but hilarious at the same time. I highly suggest that you give it a go at least 100 pages ( then it gets better and better). I watched the movie before i read the book, and i really rarely do that, i just couldn't help myself. If not for the movie i think i would never even know that this book existed. Before i bought this book i didn't know a single thing about it, only that it's nearly the same as the movie. I just found it on Amazon and simply bought it, without a second thought. This is my first book by this author, and i think it won't be the last.
I found the characters really realistic and well developed. My favorite characters were: Ronnie ( main character), Will ( Ronnie's boyfriend) and Ronnie's father.
At the beginning our main character is a bad girl that is closed in herself, but by the end she changes into a respectful, kind, understanding and forgiving girl. To be honest, all the characters changed into strong people. And i love when that happens in a book.
I found this book really interesting and sweet. There were some moments that just made you quickly turn the pages . The thing that i loved the most about it, was Ronnie's relationship with Will. They were such a cool and a sweet couple that i loved to read about. They weren't a perfect couple, they were a realistic couple. They had secrets and problems, like every normal and real relationship.
However, there were some things that i really hated as well.
I hated when Will and Ronnie just simply said ' i love you' to each other. They just said it from nowhere, to suddenly and like they're speaking to a cute pet. No emotion.
Some chapters were really boring and unnecessary, and i found myself saying ' omg, this is so boring , just get to the point already'.
There were some romantic scenes between Will and Ronnie, but i just felt like they weren't enough. In the movie there is so much more.
I have to say that the ending was a surprise. I didn't see it coming. I was crying! My heart was literally melting.
Even thought i really like The last song, i think i like the movie better.
The story is about 2 kids who are visiting their father for the summer. Ronnie and Jonah have both not seen their father in a few years but whilst Jonah is excited about the trip, Ronnie has never quite forgiven her father for leaving them - until she knows the reasoning why. Throughout the book you see Ronnie shrugging of her father's attempts at reconciling but then her starting to thaw towards the end of the book. It is heart stopping beautiful and I cried for about the last third of the book. It is terribly emotional but the journeys the characters take are the highlight of this book for me. A families love of music bringing them together, the growing up of Ronnie, the naivety of Jonah and the love Ronnie finds are all reasons why this book is so spectacular.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a beautiful story about love, loss and forgiveness...
The book for me was a bit repetitive with Ronnie's remorse for her treatment of her family and it made reading sometimes quite challenging, but other than that the book was fantastic and beautifully conveys the relationship between a father and his daughter.