Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Title: Dear John 

Series: N/A
ook #: N/A
Nicholas Sparks 
: 352
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What is the true meaning of love?

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.

Amber's thoughts:
This is the first Nicholas Sparks' novel that I've ever read, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd heard that his books are tear-jerkers, and I was armed with a box of Kleenex when I began this book. Although I didn't actually cry, there were a couple of parts that made me tear up.  

I was pretty impressed with Spark's writing style. It flowed well and was fairly easy to read, but it was deep and meaningful at the same time. The best word to describe the story is bittersweet. In a way, the story was incredibly sad, and I was disappointed in the characters for not trying to stay together longer. At the same time, I understood how hard the circumstances were, and I was proud of them for trying as hard as they could. Maybe I'm just a hopeless romantic, but I found parts of the story really disheartening. I'm so used to the teen chick lit where everything ends with a happily-ever-after. It was a bit startling to realize that those don't always exist. That's what made this book so realistic. 

Although I didn't bond with all of the characters, they were all very realistic. What I loved most about them was that they were flawed. No too-perfect Edward Cullen types here. John was an average guy, and while Savannah might not seem like your usual college student, I admired her faith and selflessness.

This book should come with a warning label that reads "BEWARE: THIS NOVEL MAY BREAK YOUR HEART." I learned that true love doesn't always lead to a happy ending. Still, I'm glad I read this; it opened my eyes to the meaning of true love.

"I finally understood what true love meant that you care for another person's happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be."


Adriana said...

I'm glad you liked it. I love the quote you used. I still really need to see the movie. I hope it stays close to the book.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Great review! I loved this book, and I'm so sad the film didn't do it justice. :)

Ashley said...

I'm reading this one right now. I really enjoyed the movie.