Book Review: The Last Song

by Melissa on March 24, 2010 · 0 comments

in 14-17, ATOS 5.0-5.9, Family & Relationships, Made into a movie, Romance

Title: The Last Song
Series: No
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Age Range: 14-17
Lexile: [?] TBD
AR Level: [?] 5.1
Formats: book, ebook, audio, movie
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Rating: 4.5/5 (11 votes cast)


Seventeen-year-old Ronnie is resentful when her mother insists she and her ten-year-old brother spend the summer with their estranged father, and while things get off to a rocky start, she begins to understand her dad and why he wanted her to visit.


You’re right-this isn’t a young adult book.  We choose to review it because we figure every teenaged girl in America is going to want to read it after Miley Cyrus stars in the movie.  We reviewed it for a 14-17 year-old age range.  The biggest concerns are of some of the drug references and a creepy teen male character.


Level 1, 2 [?]

Sexual Content

A boy thinks that if a girl wasn’t so good in bed, he would dump her. Word use: sexual innuendo.  Teens kiss/makeout.


Teens get drunk and stoned, use cocaine, pot, ecstasy, meth. Mention of a girl being slipped GHB and the insinuation of being gang raped.


A teen’s 5 year-old brother was killed in a car accident.  A teen boy intimidates a teen girl.  Teen sets fire to buildings because he likes to watch things burn.  Teen boy attacks others in a fairly vicious fist fight.


Dad travelled a lot and parents decided to divorce. We later find out that the mom had an affair.  Ronnie shoplifted because her friends did.  She lied to her mom about where she was going and snuck out overnight with a boyfriend. Teen boy says that the worse you treat girls, the more they want you-that they are stupid like that. Word use: ‘frigid little tease’.  Ronnie’s dad dies of cancer towards the end of the book. She chooses to stay to take care of him.  (The title ‘The Last Song’ is actually a reference to their relationship, not the romantic interest-just for trivia points.)


A large part of the story involves the dad’s understanding of spiritual things about God.  Mainstream Christian beliefs.

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Book Review: The Last Song, 4.5 out of 5 based on 11 ratings

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