The Last Song

by

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Title: The Last Song

Genre: Gentle Reads

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 390

Geographical Setting: New York and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Time Period: Present Day

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Ronnie must leave her New York home to visit her father, who she has not spoken to in three years, who lives in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Ronnie’s father was a concert pianist and teacher before moving down there after the divorce. Ronnie’s mother thinks it would be best if Ronnie and her little brother stayed there the whole summer. There are many times that Ronnie threatens to leave and return back home, that is all until she runs into Will. She becomes attracted to him and they start a romance that makes her feel things that she has never felt before. All the while, she is getting to know her father more and she learns why he left in the first place. Throughout the summer she spends there, she learns more about what is really important in life and learns about love on many different levels.

Subject Headings: Fathers and daughters, Divorce, Love stories, American, Teenage girls, Bildungsromans, Divorced parents, North Carolina, Social life and customs, Death, Children of divorced parents, Domestic fiction

Appeal: engrossing, steady, dramatic, engaging, familiar, inspiring, intriguing, realistic, recognizable, sympathetic, domestic, family-centered, gentle, flashbacks, tragic, intimate, contemporary, bittersweet, emotionally-charged, moody, romantic, complex

3 terms that best describes the book: sad, hopeful, sappy

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