Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Warner Books
Release: October 30, 2006
"Dear John", the letter read. And with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives changed forever.
When Savannah Lynn Curtis comes into his life, John Tyree knows he is ready to turn over a new leaf. An angry rebel, he had enlisted in the army after high school, not knowing what else to do. Then, during a furlough, he meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams. The attraction is mutual and quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah vowing to wait for John while he finishes his tour of duty. John must choose between love and country. Now, when he finally returns to North Carolina, John will discover how love can transform us in ways we never could have imagined.
Dear John was a true tear-jerker romance novel. I got it for Christmas this year and I'm only just now getting around to reading it. But once I started, I had a very hard time putting it down. My favorite part of every Nicholas Sparks novel is how emotional they make you, they connect on such an emotional level that gives them the ability to yank your heartstrings at will. The writing was so smooth and flowing, and even though it's a stand alone book, it didn't leave out much in the way of details and information. The characters in Dear John are also very well developed and mature in a way that I didn't believe possible for such a short novel, but it happened. The overall reason that I loved Dear John would have to be how well the whole thing came together and how the ending was sad and I wish there was more, but there was a nice note of closure that brought the whole book together. For the next while I will be sitting and wondering what happened in Savanah and John's respective lives, wondering if they ever met again or if John found happiness elsewhere. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance story with the only flaw being that there's no sequel to find out about what happens later in life to the characters.