by Billiann Robertson
To begin my summer reading, I read The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. In this novel, a teenage girl is forced to spend the summer with her father. Coming from New York City, Ronnie Miller isn’t looking forward to spending her summer in Wilmington, North Carolina. After her parents divorced and her father left home, she blamed him for everything that went wrong in her life. Ronnie alienated herself from everyone, especially her father. They share an outstanding ability to play piano and, when Ronnie’s father left, she gave up playing. A former teacher at Juilliard, Ronnie’s father never quit playing and composing music.
With the intention of ignoring her dad the entire summer, Ronnie shows that her rebellious side isn’t reserved for her mother back at home. In the first week of being with her father, however, Ronnie discovers that her dad does not treat her like the little girl she used to be. He does not yell, argue, or scold her. Ronnie’s father simply gives her the love and comfort she has been missing. Soon Ronnie meets Will. Will is a local who has it all: looks, job, friends, wealth. Ronnie never expects to fall in love with Will but, as the summer progresses, so does their relationship. The summer unfolds and forces 17-year-old Ronnie to grow in more ways then just one. Ronnie experiences what it is like to be in love for the first time, the power of truth, and the strength that is inside her. She finds herself on a journey that will have you reaching for your box of tissues.
Will Ronnie mend her relationship with her father before it’s too late? Can her strength carry her through the roller coaster of falling in love? And, most importantly, will she ever play the piano again? The love of a father for his child is revealed in a new light. Nicholas Spark’s latest novel shows readers just how powerful that love can be.
The film version of this book, starring Miley Cyrus, will be released on DVD August 17, 2010.