I read the book The Last Song by Nicholas Spark in a pretty short period of time. The language was easy to follow and the conversations were straight forward. This book was picked as the first book we talked about in my Book Club: A Page Turns. Knowing what I do about the formula used by Nicholas Sparks that has brought him such widespread success, I knew what to expect before I turned page 1.
Luckily, he kept true to that formula – that is what readers like afterall – he included romance; he included drama; and he included heartbreak. When I read the back book cover and realized what other novel of his this book was being compared to, I made a prediction. I predicted what was going to happen and by the end of the book I was right.
Even though I guessed how the book was going to end, I loved reading it. I loved being in this summer – I loved the way the chapters would allow me to get inside of someone else’s head. I got to hear what Ronnie, Will, Steve, and Marcus were thinking. I got to be frustrated and gasp when needed.
This book is a tear-jerker. Curse you Nicholas Sparks for being able to pull on my heart strings. By the end of the book I felt like I was emotionally drained. I cried as I read, and I got butterflies when things started changing.
I have become overly critical of books now as I am trying to edit my own down from the monstrous word count it’s currently at. I discovered it took quite a while for the two lova’s to get together, and even though it wasn’t the main focus of the book (at least I don’t think it really was) it was to me. That was why I bought the book – to read about the love these two experienced.
Overall, a great book. Written for a younger group (I think), but still very readable. Will I read it again? I doubt it. I do want to see the movie though 🙂