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This 14th novel from Sparks (www.-nicholassparks.com)-following The Lucky One (2008) and written as the basis of an April 2010 Disney film adaptation starring Miley Cyrus-is told from several points of view but centers mostly on gifted 17-year-old musician Ronnie. Ronnie resents her parents' divorce but learns much about love after spending an unforgettable summer with her father in Wilmington, NC. There is the requisite tearjerker plot twist, with Ronnie ultimately finding her way back to her music. Actors Pepper Binkley and Scott Sowers convincingly narrate the gender-appropriate chapters. Demand will be high for this title, sure to satisfy Sparks's many fans. [The Grand Central hc, published in September 2009, was a New York Times and an LJ best seller.-Ed.]-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
From the author of A Walk to Remember comes a moving tale of redemption and first love when a rebellious teenager decides to spend the summer with her estranged father in a North Carolina beach town. <br> <br> Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. <br> The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels--first love, love between parents and children -- that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts . . . and heal them. <br>
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