Sunday, November 19, 2017

Review: THE LAST SONG by Nicholas Sparks

Rating: 4/5 stars

This was my first time reading a Nicholas Sparks book, and I mostly enjoyed the experience.

I didn’t love Sparks’s writing style, as I found it to be more on the “telling” side than the “showing” side at times. There were big sections of prose where he explained that time had passed and these events had occurred and now something new was happening. Moments like that led me to feel like the overall story was a bit slow-paced, but it wasn’t overly dragging so it didn’t bother me too much.

The best part of Sparks’s writing was his plot. He weaved details together throughout the novel that created a beautiful story in the end. And I absolutely loved the character arcs he created. Each character, Ronnie especially, went through such deep changes and progressions over the course of the book, and I loved being able to watch these characters grow as the months passed. Each person was realistic and flawed. The character development is this novel’s greatest strength.

I think this was a good first novel to get introduced to Nicholas Sparks. I do plan on reading more of his works eventually because I think I will really like many of his other books. I would definitely recommend The Last Song, though, if you’re looking for an emotional contemporary novel that centers around family with a side of romance.

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