~ 2010 reads

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

In the tradition of A Walk to Remember, this is a story of a teenage girl and her first encounter with heartbreak ?? and love.
Seventeen year old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside?down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father…until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.
The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels??first love, love between parents and children ?? that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts…and heal them.

PD Sept 2009 | 4.12.10 | 480pp. | A+
General Fiction | Contemporary

REVIEW

I like the simplicity of the plot.  It was so simple yet so poignantly important.  It delved emotions of the most difficult to the purest ones.  It spoke of what family can be about, recognizing truth when need be, and the touch of humanity never ceased with this one.
I love it.  It just show that the only guarantee this world can offer are changes and your chance IS to learn from those changes.  As I read, I recognized these things:
  • Regret always comes last.
  • Love and hurt comes hand in hand.
  • No matter what you’ve done, what you’ve been through and whoever you are with, your family will stick by you.
  • It’s never too late to listen nor forgive a past hurt.
  • Our time is precious, thus it’s wasteful to spite especially if it’s somebody who matters to you.
  • The truth will set you free.
  • God will always guide you, answers in the most peculiar times, and give you freedom to do things on your own.
  • When a door closes, somewhere a window will open.  If you lost someone, someone will come along.
  • It’s never too late to save yourself.
  • Nobody should be blame for your choices, its yours, so face the consequences.
There are still a lot of things I can come up just thinking of life’s lessons and this book.  Somehow, I’ve related myself to the loss of a father and allowing oneself to forgiveness.  It hurt just thinking of the lost time, and as time goes by, you can still feel that loss.  But as life goes on, so we have to move on – forward.
This is one beautiful love story – again – by Sparks.
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