Surely, Ronnie did not initially think that “the brown-haired player” (Sparks, 28) who came “rushing toward her at full speed” (Sparks, 27) the first day of her vacation would be the same guy that she grows to fall in love with. But b...
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All in all, The Last Song is a novel in which a teenager reaches maturity; Ronnie’s coming of age moment can be identified in this definition:
a rising action event distancing that individual from predetermined
assumptions and mores, and the long and arduous process of self-discovery
toward a maturity that includes the assimilation of contemporary cultural values
and the participation and recognition of that individual by society. (Contemp. Bildungsroman, 10)
The protagonist of this novel has demonstrated moral growth that in turn leads to her becoming an adult. Progressively throughout the novel, Ronnie strengthens relationships in her family and faith, builds new relationships- love interests and friendships-, rekindles her adoration for the piano, and experiences the death of her father all beginning from her vacation to her father’s house that summer.
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