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The Last Song

For us kids who are dealing with our parents' divorce and having the world turned upside down, Ronnie is one of us. In The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks gives us an insider about love of all kinds, love between family members, love between couples, love between enemies and the many ways that love can break our hearts... and heal them.

The main character Ronnie is a stubborn young woman who is quickly approaching womanhood without any plans for her life. Her parents divorced when she just turned a teenager which is something I can understand, that's why I chose this novel. The Last Song is romantic, tragic and to me it is an unforgettable story about love. I love the novel, it is interesting and I think it gives an important message. The book is moving and great, it teaches you about first love and the love between parents and children. The book is inspiring and when you read it you feel like you are personally there living what the characters are going through so it is an emotional yet it has a great story and plot to it. The novel teaches you mainly about loving one another no matter what they have done, like as God said "Love your enemies as you would love your neighbors" and I think the story gives that message. When you read the book you can instantly imagine in your head. Another message the book teaches you is that we are all human so we will make mistakes but then we forgive, forget and we move on.

This novel explores the condition of family love and the storm and stress that come with having a teenager in the family. The angst caused by a 17-year old female in comparison with the complete love a 10-year old son has for his father. Secondary themes briefly explore the father's bond with his ex-wife and with slightly more emphasis on Ronnie's love story with a new boyfriend. As usual, there are a couple of other permutations that create roadblocks to happiness.

The story is imbued with most life. The formula has each novel begin with a problem. A new player enters the playing field and it seems the problem will go away. This story is familiar. Whether you are a teenager or older, you understand the conflict between parent and child. You understand the difficulties associated with love, especially first love, in all its permutations. The story tugs at one's heartstrings because it is so familiar and this time Sparks gets the reader invested in the story with culminating the characters' stories. Of course, there are further complications and problems, but all's well that ends the way life ends. We know, and the novel shows, that love brings both happiness and pain, that when everything is working out the way we want, Life can, and often does, throw us a curveball. As in Elizabethan drama, no matter how dire the obvious ending, there is always a small increase which promises happiness. The author speaks to the "fruit

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