Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Last Song and Money to Burn

Woke up to cold sunshine but, now, it's cloudy.  We've got a few days of cool, rainy weather ahead of us.  But, that's okay; it'll give me a chance to sit in my La Z Boy and read instead of being outdoors washing windows or raking winter from the lawn. 

I finished this book last Sunday night.  It was a real tearjerker and I didn't want to have to read it in school for Silent Reading.  Too embarrassing! 

I have a love/hate relationship with Nicholas Sparks.  I've liked some of his books but, for the most part, find them too smaltzy.  Many of my teenage students have been reading this book and saying how much they love it so I figured I'd give it a chance.

And it actually wasn't too bad.  I got into the characters and the plot was nonstop.  Ronnie and her brother must spend the summer with their father and Ronnie is furious about this.  She hasn't spoken to her dad for three years ever since he and her mom got divorced.  So, the prospect of spending a couple months with him has her really upset.  How she deals with him, the friends she makes, and the situations that arise make for a decent read.   

This fast-paced novel was just what I needed after The Last Song.  It's about a Wall Street investment specialist who checks his balance one night and sees that someone has stolen his identity and all his money.  He spends the rest of the book figuring out who did it while trying to avoid the police who are looking for him for murder. 

I like how the book explains everything so anyone can understand the financial shenanigans.  Makes me wonder if anyone can be trusted.

So, it was a good reading week.  I'm almost halfway through Caught by Harlan Coben and it's a winner.

Well, my husband is bugging me to get dressed so I can go down in the cellar to help him with the motorcycle he's building.  Can't wait!

Have a great week!


Darlene said...

I have yet to read The Last Song. I don't know why since I've had it for ages and want to read it. I'm glad to hear it's good.

It's beautiful here but the sun refuses to really come out. If it did it would be really nice.

I really want to read Caught!

Have fun helping to build that motorcycle! lol.

Literary Feline said...

It looked like it was going to rain here earlier in the week, but then the rain never came. It's back to being warm and sunny again. Your mentioning of window washing reminded me that I need to wash mine. :-S

My mom is a huge fan of Sparks' novels. I've only read one, which I really liked. I just haven't managed to read any of his other books. Will you try and catch the movie now that you've read the book?

FERN said...

hey I'm a fan of Nicholas Sparks and The Last Song was so fantastic!