So rarely do I ever enjoy a film adaptation of a book. They rarely do the book justice and leave out important parts to fit into the time restraints. This movie was an exception though...
The story is about two kids, Ronnie and Jonah, who have been estranged from their father for the best part of 3 years. This summer they are due to visit him at his house beside the beach. Jonah, who has no grudge against his father, is delighted to be going and plans to make the most out of the summer but Ronnie on the other hand cannot forgive her father for leaving and would much rather stay with her mother in New York. The book managed to portray all the emotions incredibly well such as; happiness, anger, betrayal, love, grief and forgiveness. It is a beautiful story which is nearly as good as the book was which is most defiantly a rarity.
Miley's acting was fine as far as I was aware (a lot of bad reviews have commented on her bad acting) but I do agree that it is hard to imagine her as anyone but Hannah Montana but I do feel she played the role of a rebellious teenager incredibly well. The emotional parts were less believable on her part but still reduced me to overwhelming tears.
This is a tear jerker but a movie with an important message. It is beautiful and sentimental and the story stays with you long after the credits roll. I would highly recommend.