Thursday, June 24, 2010

Book Review: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Book: Dear John
Genre: Fiction
Published: October 30, 2006
How I Got the Book: bought for upcoming movie

Synopsis (from b& 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.

My Thoughts:
This is an unmistakable Nick Sparks novel. Now, take that how you want. It is the same atmosphere, same tone and mood as everything else I have read by him (the Notebook, the Wedding, and A Walk to Remember). To me, I like what Sparks offers up. To some others they may have exhausted his plot devices. I feel the military aspect of the story was very realistic and true to life. Some things I didn't care for like Savannah unreadability. She confused me just as much as she confused John. I liked the whole John and his father sub-plot although the deus ex machina was predictable at the end. And speaking of the end, I loved it, the very last page got me.

Characters: Gave me a tooth ache. They were painfully sweet and always did the right thing all the time, if they misstepped once or twice it was hardly noticeable and didn't have a grand effect.

Cover Art: Pretty, whimsical, not overly attention grabbing but fitting.



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