Unconditional. Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel, The Last Song, provides ideal material for any book club. The relationships among the characters lend to tears and laughter. Protagonist Ronnie Miller reluctantly spends the summer in North Carolina with her estranged father, Steve. His love for her is unconditional, and his patience with her is remarkable. Ronnie associates with unsavory companions, then falls in love with a charming rich boy. Over the course of a few months, Ronnie becomes transformed by this special summer. There’s a villain and his sidekicks in the story, and that retains tension. At a book club meeting, there will plenty to talk about: parenting, religion, illness, and caring. Most of all, The Last Song celebrates the power of love, and is a sweet book that all readers except cynics are likely to enjoy.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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