Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dear John

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Release Date: October 30th, 2006
Publisher: Warner Books
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 276

An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love--and face the hardest decision of his life.
Nicholas Sparks has a way of writing characters that readers immediately care about. I was happy when John was happy, I was sad when he was sad, and I was angry when he was angry. I felt exactly what John was feeling and it was an intense read that I highly enjoyed.

John and Savannah are character that immediately become favorites and friends. John goes into the world of falling in love, going to war, and losing the love of his life. John is a guy that girls want and yet he is normal in a human way that lets him find his own self and how to relate to his father. Savannah is a girl that readers love and hate. Her choices make us immediately side with John, but not because she is wrong in her decisions. Instead, it is because we simply know John better than we know her. We understand why she does what she does, but that doesn’t mean we agree with it.

Nicholas Sparks’ writing style is great. It is from John’s perspective as he tells us the story of how he met Savannah and his experiences with her. While it is from his point of view, Sparks does a great job of giving us an insight into Savannah’s head without letting on too much since John will not know what is actually going on in her head. The overall story telling is great and I loved following the story.

I have read a few others of Nicholas Sparks’ works, and plan on reading more in the near future. I have seen the movie and will do a comparative blog about it at a later date.

Who Might Like This Book:
Love Story Lovers
Nicholas Sparks Lovers
Self Discovery Lovers






stargirlreads said...

I want to read this before I go see the movie :)

Anonymous said...

I read almost all Nicholas Spark books. I think he is a great and talented author. His books are page- turners, full of suspense and love.
I really loved the book Dear John, except the bittersweet ending.
I do not think that John saw how hard it was for Savannah to wait back home for him every time he was off on duty. She did not know how long she will have to wait and if he will die in the mean time. Another one of my favorites of his books is The Last Song. Don't see the movie first the book is a hundred times better. If you read the book and did not see the movie yet, I will suggest not seeing the movie. I read the book and then watched the movie and sort of regretted watching the movie because it ruined how great the book was.
Enjoy reading all Nicholas Sparks' books!:)

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