Review: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

July 28, 2016 Review 10 ★★★

Review: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Gift
Pages: 288
Release Date: October 30th 2006
Genres: Fiction, General, Romance
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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 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.

“In our time together, you claimed a special place in my heart,
one I’ll carry with me forever and that no one can ever replace.”

DEAR JOHN is my first book by Nicholas Sparks but it definitely won’t be my last. Everyone who has read a book by him probably already knows this but he definitely knows how to write a novel that is inexplicably readable and entertaining.

Even when the pacing lagged a little bit, which wasn’t too often, the flow of the writing kept me flipping the pages because I was so engrossed in the story. DEAR JOHN isn’t overly descriptive, but there is just enough detail to where you can clearly picture the setting and environment of each scene.

“Love should bring joy, it should grant a person peace,
but here and now, it was bringing only pain.”

I feel like this novel might have affected me more emotionally if I hadn’t seen the movie first since I was already aware of all the twists and how it was going to end. Surprisingly, I thought the movie actually fleshed out the characters more, making them easier to relate to. Although we are privy to the character’s motivations in the book, I cared more about them in the movie.

Another thing DEAR JOHN did well was the depiction of the various types of relationships between the characters. Whether it was family, friends, or lovers, I thought all the connections were well thought out and realistic.

“Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them,
any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last.”

Rating Report
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Overall: 3.3

10 Responses to “Review: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks”

  1. Tasya

    I’ve only read one book by Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember, and I get what you mean about how well he did with exploring relationships. He just managed to write all those relationships, and connect them with each other really well. This one sounds like a beautiful book. I know the movie is bittersweet, so I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for sharing! <3
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  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I’ve never read any Sparks either but despite not reading that many contemporaries, I do want to read his works. I adored the movie The Notebook and have watched it MANY times so it seems fair to give the author a chance LOL! I’m glad that you enjoyed his work here, despite not feeling as connected to the characters, compared to the movie. You’re doing so great with contemporaries lately! Way to go :)
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    • Alise

      The Notebook was such a great movie! I only read contemporary novels if they are by a favorite author or come with a lot of hype. If you do get into his work you should start with the Notebook and tell me how it is xD Haha, thanks!

  3. Sinead

    I have noticed with Nicholas Sparks Books that the movies are more emotional and enticing than the books – I’ve read both The Notebook and A Walk To Remember and felt that the movies were a lot more engrossing. Great review :)
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    • Alise

      That’s interesting! I found that with Dear John and it seems like it a recurring theme then. That’s too bad; maybe I’ll just watch the movies, haha! Thanks :)

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