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Dear John Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 30, 2006
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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 ›
What really pissed me off was the "conversation" Sparks reused. John and Savannah used the exact same lines as Landon and Jamie from A Walk to Remember! "Sweet tea, please." "Make it two". And in every book Sparks has written, someone is always a rebel and someone always ends up getting really sick or dying. That plotline gets boring after what, 6 novels, don't you think?
And if John and Savannah truly loved each other like they said they did/showed then SAVANNAH WOULD NOT HAVE MARRIED TIM. She would NOT have cheated on him for so long while he was away. And on Tim, too! What a user. Sparks made her out to be this perfect Southern belle but in the end my impression of her was entirely changed. She's such a dumb, pathetic cheater. And John should NOT have gone against his father's will and sold the coin collection! His father spent his entire life collecting those and he throws it all away. What huge respect he has for his father's death. What true "love" John and Savannah shared...
Savannah never would have married Tim-it was just a cheap trick and lame plot device meant to depress the reader, and on some level it worked because I totally felt terrible when I finished. She even admits she loves John more then him, yet she couldn't wait a little longer? And the whole coin collection being sold to treat Tim's convenient illness was just so phoney. Again, just another manipulative plot device trying to tug our heartstrings that was so unbelievable by that point.
I actually felt angry that I wasted my time. I could have got behind this book if it didn't become so contrived, because the John character was very likable!
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