*Contains traces of spoiler*
Reading the end of The Last Song has got to have been one of the most heart-warming experiences of my life. I remember crying for many reasons: for Steve Miller; the lessons that were learnt; the love that triumphed. If I have a spare moment or am in a mood that needs happiness, I reach for my dog-eared version of The Last Song and savour the last few pages, allowing the happiness that produces tears to take over, the words of Nicholas Sparks never failing to make me to smile.
'She felt his absence with a knife-edged sharpness she couldn't retain.' This line is undeniably heart-breaking and it makes me miss the memories Steve Miller would have made but it outlines the sadness of the situation. One of my favourite things about the end of The Last Song is how Ronnie's father is helping her beyond his death. The fact that Ronnie auditions for Juilliard makes my heart warm and happy and the comfort Ronnie seeks in the light is overwhelmingly beautiful.
Ronnie's admittance of how much she misses Will is lovely and makes the ending oh-too-sweet. I remember reading Will calling for the first time and feeling utter helplessness, willing for him to say the words to Ronnie that I, like she, needed to hear. Reading the words where Will is behind Ronnie is such a vivid scene in my head and it makes my heart flutter. It's lovely. "I never stopped loving you, Ronnie. And I never stopped thinking about you. Even if summers do come to an end." Ranking my favourite men created by Nicholas Sparks is something I don't like to think about as it would cause me such stress but Will... He is one charming fella and his love for Ronnie is clear as day, in his words and in everything he does. He just treats her like a princess.
I love the epilogue of The Last Song because the change in Ronnie since the beginning of the novel is beautiful. In the ending of The Last Song tears become my best friend, helping me grieve with the Ronnie, helping me find happiness in her comfort and joy. Ronnie's bitterness for the people around her has gone and is replaced with a new lens that is brighter than before; reason underlines her movements, knowing that despite her dad's death she will be ok; she allows herself to have a happy ending.
Volleyball & Pianos,
The Girl in the Moonlight.