When a rebel serving in the Army meets the girl of his dreams, he must face an impossible choice as a national tragedy forces them apart in this powerful New York Times bestseller.
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.
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.
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Perfect point of view...
Okay, people have to realize that a story can't be perfect with perfect characters and a perfect ending, that would be boring. Dear John is an excellent book because it allows you to have many different emotions and opinions about the characters. Yes, the book has the capability to make you furious, but I think that is what the author was trying to accomplish. He wants you to question there love and choices. Is it possible to really fall in love with someone in a two week time period? Was savannah right or wrong to do what she did to John? It's all very debatable. Nicholas sparks is also telling the story from johns point of view.. But what if it was from savannah's? Would opinions change? Who knows.. But i think the book is a great example of selfless love. Yes, the story is not the perfect love story that we were hoping for, but it's such an amazing story if you can know how to read with an open mind. The end of the book, I think is honestly the best part. It completely amazed me, and I think the book wanted you to build up so much sympathy for John that honestly it was, in a way, savannah's payback. Her showing she was most likely wrong for the choices she made, and Savannah still hoping just like John was. The book was incredible I'd recommend it any day. Just remember, read it with an open mind.
a touching story
This is another Spark's must read. You'll understand the meaning of true, selfless love and the extraordinary measures it can reach.
Wonderful tender story
Nicholas Sparks did it again!... Pulls on the heart strings, and makes you look at your relationships and to never take life for granted. This is a quick and easy read-- a story that is life changing.