Tuesday, September 15, 2009

(77) The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Well. It is official. Nicholas Sparks has just joined the ranks of Jodi Picoult for me. I am done. No more.

Nicholas Sparks is writing for the kleenex companies. His stories are sappy & predictable. I didn't even read his last book because it had no appeal to me whatsoever. The Last Song at least looked like a promising story. I even read somewhere that the movie started production earlier this summer with Miley Cyrus cast as Ronnie. I may see the movie when it hits HBO, but I will not pay money to see the movie.

Seventeen year old Ronnie & her younger brother, Jonah are less than thrilled at spending the summer with their estranged father along the beaches of North Carolina. It has been three years since Ronnie has even spoken to her father. She has never forgiven him for leaving them all those years ago.

Within moments of arriving at her dad's, Ronnie finds herself becoming involved with the "wrong" kind of kids. She also meets the right kind of kid. The right kind of guy to be specific. As the summer goes on, Ronnie starts to mend her relationship with her father and learns a few things about life. When the summer comes to an end, Ronnie learns some devastating news. Will she be able to do the right thing?

Predictable. So very predictable. It was in the early chapters when I made a guess at the ending. And what do you know, I was right. Nicholas Sparks is the master manipulator when it comes to his books. He writes for the hankies. It is old. It is predictable. And I am done.


Anonymous said...

But was it worth reading? I haven't read a Nicholas Sparks book in awhile. I've been thinking about picking one up.

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

You know what, no it really isn't worth reading. If you want to read one of his books, try The Choice. It was the least suckiest in a while.

Mimi said...

What I hate about his books is that they are cheesy and I still end up crying like a baby at the end of them. What's with that?

Someone once described him as a literary Thomas Kincaide, and I totally agree they share space on the sapometer.

Kristy said...

Thank you for reaffirming what I have thought about Nicholas Sparks for a long time. As for Miley Cyrus being castas the main in the movie...oh puhleeze...the cheese factor just increased exponentially (as if it/he could get any cheesier). I love this blog. Keep up the good work

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