Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Book Review: "Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks

Book Review: "Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks

Book Description:
Hot on the heels of True Believer and sequel At First Sight, Sparks returns with the story of ne'er-do-well-turned-army-enlistee John Tyree, 23, and well-to-do University of North Carolina special education major Savannah Lynn Curtis. John, who narrates, has been raised by a socially backward single postal-worker dad obsessed with coin collecting (he has Asperger's syndrome). John bypasses college for the overseas infantry; Savannah spends her college summers volunteering. When they meet, he's on leave, and she's working with Habitat for Humanity (he rescues her sinking purse at the beach). John has a history of one-night stands; Savannah's a virgin. He's an on-and-off drinker; she's a teetotaler. Attraction and values conflict the rest of the summer, but the deal does not close. Savannah longs for John to come home; her friend Tim longs to have a relationship with her. On the brink of John and Savannah's finally getting together, 9/11 happens, and John re-ups. Savannah's letters come less and less frequently, and before you know it, he receives the expected "Dear John" letter. Sparks's novel brims with longing.
This is the 2nd book I have read by Nicholas Sparks. I LOVED it!!! The writing just sucks you in and you don't want to put the book down.
I did cry again like I did as I read "The Last Song". I can't say I loved the ending, but still loved the book. I probably won't see the movie for either book.
Would definitely recommend!!
Happy Reading!!


  1. This one is on my to-read list! Just read Nicholas Sparks for the first time last week and I am in love!

  2. This is my 2nd Nicholas Sparks book and I agree!!!

  3. What a nice review, Patti! In Dear John it just reminded me as an author how true love changes everything about you. Sometimes you can't put your finger on why you fall in love with someone. You just do. Perplexed by her mysterious nature, John’s adoration for Savannah grows. They have an easy, light conversation that John wasn't expecting to enjoy so much. She introduces John to her life long friend Tim, whom John can immediately tell has suppressed feelings for Savannah. Nicholas Sparks really knows how to spin the drama and bringing in the Tim character was a really great way to do that. Did you like the actors they chose for the movie version of the book?

  4. Thank you Jeff!
    You are right about Nicholas Sparks! I just finished "Best of Me". Look for that review soon.

    I did like the characters for the book - I haven't seen it though was told by MANY people not too - the book is WAY better =)