Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
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Series: Stand Alone
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publish Date: October 30, 2006
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 has 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.
Did You Know?—
The film rights were purchases by Sony Screen Gems, and that the film stars Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfreid???
John’s last name (Tyree) was a childhood friend of Nicholas’s?
John’s character was inspired by Nicholas’s cousin, Todd Vance?
Savannah was named after one of Nicholas’s daughters?
This isn’t the typical Nicholas Sparks novel. I know what everyone is thinking boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, then one dies of some horrible disease, but that’s not the case in Dear John. I haven’t done much background on Sparks to understand why he chooses to write about doomed love and disease, but unlike a lot of his novels this one is a little bit different. John is on leave from the army and meets Savannah. They have a pretty immediate connection. To stay close to Savannah he begins to help her with some mission work she is in town doing. John goes back to the army and they continue to stay in touch with letters. John finally comes back and their relationship picks up where it left off. After 9-11 John is compelled to rejoin the army. Savannah and John continue to keep in touch by writing, but Savannah soon ends the relationship telling John she has met someone else. Completely crushed John continues with his duty in the army. John was raised by his single father who was always a bit different. On one occasion Savannah comes to meet John’s father and tells John his father is autistic. John doesn’t want to believe it and him and Savannah get into a huge fight. John apologizes and finally realizes that she was right about his father. When John’s dad dies (so there is a little death in this book) he leaves him a coin collection that was very valuable. John decides to look for Savannah after many years of not speaking to her to tell her about his father. When he finds her he realizes she is married. The end of this novel is the best part so I’ll let you ladies read that yourselves to see how it all turns out. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the story. Sparks did an excellent job and I hope everyone who reads it enjoys it as much as I did. The relationship between John and Savannah feels so real to life. Even though it moves quickly in the beginning it definitely feels like it could have been a real relationship. This is a good read if you are looking for something that feels true to life. I give this book 4 out of 5