If you’ve seen the movie by the same name (with Miley Cyrus), you already know the plot of this one. It doesn’t mean, however, that you won’t benefit from the book.
17-year-old Veronica Miller is a typical teenager with a typical behaviour of a young girl whose parents are divorced. She thinks she knows how to live her life, or, more likely, makes an impression that she does. In fact, that’s her psychological defence: look everyone, I’m almost an adult, I’m strong and independent, though my inner child is ruined and betrayed by my parents’ divorce. Ronnie thinks her parents hate her, especially her father who lives far away. Despite all the disagreement, they have something in common: they both adore music.
When her parents broke up, Ronnie stopped playing piano, and never came back to it ever since. And when her mom sends Veronica to spend summer at her dad’s, she doesn’t feel that enthusiastic about the whole idea. Even living with him, she continues to ignore him, showing her anger and grievance. Dad tries to reconnect with her through music, even writes a song for Ronnie, but it takes some time and not the happiest events before she finally forgives him. Since then, the chains of grievance that were holding her back during all these years, fell down, and the girl starts experiencing deep, pure, positive emotion: first love, love to her parents and brother, and love to music she once refused on.
Though ending on a sad note, the Last Song leaves you uplifted and inspired. Grievance can make us feel dead inside, forgetting our true feelings and beliefs. Only through forgiveness the main character managed to open her heart to everything good that actually has been around her all this time.