There is nothing like reading a book while your feet are in the sand and the background noises are the waves hitting the shore. While sitting under the Aruba sun over winter break 2009, I read the heart wrenching dramatic romance Nicholas Sparks’ novel, “The Last Song” as my heart melted. As the story unfolded, I thought about my own life as it related to the story. The novel was about a girl who got a second chance and a romance all in one book. What could be better?
This fiction novel first came to my attention while I was reading another Nicholas Sparks book, “Dear John.” I was totally enjoying this book and wanted to read another book by the same author, while I went on vacation. I seem to like romance novels that also teach you a lesson. Therefore, when I went to Barnes and Noble, I went to the Nicholas Sparks’ section and “the Last Song” (the newest of his books) caught my eye. While looking through the book I saw a statement the intrigued me. “You have to love something before you can hate it.” – Nicholas Sparks. I was sold on the book and off to Aruba I went.
Now that I have told you that the one and only Nicholas Sparks’ wrote this amazing book, I also must remind you that he is the same author who wrote the infamous novel and tearjerker “The Notebook.” I know that you must want to know what this story is about and if it is a tearjerker too. I will tell you some of the storyline, but I promise not to ruin the ending. The story opens up with a young girl named Ronnie who was being dragged by her mother to spend the summer in North Carolina. She was going with her younger brother to visit their dad whom she hadn’t seen or spoken to in three years (when he left/divorced them). When she got to North Carolina, Ronnie was very unhappy until she accidentally bumped into a “Beach Babe” named Will. Will was definitely NOT Ronnie’s type until she realized that they had similar interests and that Will had a kind heart. The two of them fell in love. In the meantime Ronnie still resented being forced to be with her dad who had walked out on her, her mom and her brother.. But when she learns that her father is sick with cancer she realizes how much she loves him and how much she missed him. She gets a second chance and learns to love the father who had left her and who she is close to losing again. (If you want to learn more go get the book or it is now a 3 star movie in theatres.)
I can’t say that I have ever been close to someone who has been close to dying and needed to fix the relationship before they died. However, I was lucky enough to get a second chance to fix a friendship. You don’t always get a second chance. If you do, I would take the opportunity and run. I have learned that family and friendships are too important. You can’t waste love or a friendship on one silly thing. “Truth only means something when it’s hard to admit.” – Nicholas Sparks. Therefore, if you have someone you got into a tiff with, call/text them, email them, instant message them. You never knowwhat could happen because in a blink of an eye they could be gone. You might never get that second chance.
The Nicholas Sparks’ “The Last Song” has impacted my own life in the way that it made me think of the people who I haven’t spoken to in a while. I realized I need to get in touch with them. I have realized that you cannot take anything for granted. You need to learn to love and realize what is important in life. Don’t give up a second chance with something or someone because you’re too busy with something else. Take what you have and appreciate it. “Sometimes you have to be a part from people you love, but that doesn’t make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.” – Nicholas Sparks (The Last Song).