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Dear John Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2008
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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.
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I know life is not all roses and happiness, and I know true love sometimes means letting go. But this was just depressing. The narrator's voice even sounded defeated and uninteresting, almost the whole way through.
When September 11 changes the world, John is no exception. Moved by patriotic loyalty, he chooses to "re-up" in the army, adding time to his service and breaking his promise to return to Savannah. More promises are broken when he must attending to his ailing father.
This is the story of how an ideal love can falter, despite its purity and strength. Not every romance results in a happy ending, but with a great deal of luck, those who don't survive will find meaning from the experience. Love, loyalty, friendship--all those sentiments are great, but to what cost? And how does this make a good man great? This is John's journey to that understanding.
It goes without saying that Nicholas Sparks is one of today's "master" storytellers. Part of what makes him so successful is that he has the ability to create moving stories without pulling punches or painful twists. Such is the case in DEAR JOHN. Sparks offers a love story that has all the requisite components--well-crafted setting, high emotion, obstacles, resolution--then breaks it. It is from the sadness that hope emerges, and John Tyree, although still quite young, gains wisdom that will last a lifetime. Sorrow will be a large part of this, yes, but there is room for something more, something that will reach beyond the pages and touch John's tomorrow in a way only he will see.
While this works, there is something lacking. It is one of those hard-to-define qualities that marks the difference between a good book and one that is outstanding.Read more ›
Dark-haired, young, vibrant and full of life, Savannah Lynn Curtis is spending a month at the seashore in North Carolina with her college friends working for Habitat for Humanity. She stuns John at first glance. Her slightly gap-toothed smile sends him diving over the railing and into the sea to find her quickly sinking purse, while her college friends stand by and watch. John looks like a surf bum, but his tattoos and manners show Savannah something different. Her belief in John changes both their lives.
John is home on leave from Germany for two weeks. He spends them getting to know Savannah and falling in love. He also gets to know and understand his father through Savannah as he slowly comes out of his shell and begins to dream of a happier future. Their dreams come crashing down on September 11, 2001.
Nicholas Sparks is best known for his simple, straight forward love stories with lots of heart, a strong Christian theme and very little characterization, set in North Carolina. Dear John is another such story.
"Dear John" is a very quick read that skims the surface of his characters' lives, occasionally moving closer for a few moments of honest emotion, but never getting too close or too personal.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my first Nicholas Sparks read; not good OR bad. I didn't really care for the plot, but Sparks made it work. John keeps re-enlisting, so what is Savannah to do? Read morePublished 2 days ago by Viktor Wolfe
Purchased this for my wife. I have no idea what it's about but she loves this book and I'll be watching the movie soon. She highly recommends this book for all the girls to read. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Frank Cruz
Not a thriller by any means, but a good and thought-provoking read. Charming definition of love, at the least. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jackson Lassiter
Sparks is a very compelling author - his stories have a lot of "heart" to them, and they are a good read particularly is you don't want to feel gloomy at the end of a book. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Bookie
Love all of Nicholas Sparks books. Can't put them down til finished. Dear John was no exception, great read!!!Published 27 days ago by W. beardsley