Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: The Last Song

Ronnie's parents divorced three years ago, and she's spent three angry, sullen years in Manhattan partying and making trouble.  And the summer before she turns eighteen, her mother decides it would be best for everyone if Ronnie and her little brother went to stay with their father, in remote Wrightsville, North Carolina, for a while.

Ronnie is outraged and resentful, determined to hate everything about her father and his town.  But as she slowly begins to open up, to her father and to her new friend Will, she starts to think that maybe, just maybe, she might have been wrong.  As she slowly falls in love with Will, she finds herself changing dramatically... and possibly for the better.

Entertainment: ★★

I'm not big on mushy romances.  And the mush and the romance is definitely here, and that's just not my kind of book.  Romantic mush-ness aside, Last Song is actually quite a decent book that I actually really enjoyed... at times. The non-mush times.

Plot: ★★★

Really, who hasn't read a similar plot line ten times before? Boy meets girl, boy and girl are of course soul mates forever, events conspire to try and push them apart... Kudos to Sparks for making an old plot line interesting, but there's no getting around the fact that it's just a little tired by now.

Characters: ★★★★

Now, I take issue with characters who lay eyes on another person and promptly announce to themselves, wow, I can't believe how gorgeous/amazing/etc they are. Obviously we are Soul Mates.  Especially when the characters are teens.

Putting that aside, however, the characters were fabulous.  They all had great dimensionality, and I really connected with all of them.  Even Marcus was a believable villain  and their interactions with each other were realistic and sweet without being sugary.  Overall I liked the characterization.

Writing: ★★★★

Sparks is a fabulous writer.  A little mushy at times, but overall fabulous.

End Result: three stars.  A decent book, but not amazingly excellent.

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