Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Dear John

"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 the girl of his dreams. Savannah Lynn Curtis is attending college in North Carolina, working for Habitat for Humanity, and totally unprepared for the passionate attraction she feels for John Tyree. 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, and John realizing that he's ready to settle down with the young woman who has captured his heart. Neither can foresee that 9/11 is about to change the world and will force John to risk every hope and dream that he's ever had. Like so many proud men and women, John must choose between love and country. And like all those left behind, Savannah must decide to wait or move on. How do we choose wisely? How can we face loss-without giving up on love? Now, when he finally returns to North Carolina, John will discover that loving Savannah will force him to make the hardest decision of his life. An extraordinary, moving story, Dear John explores the complexities of love -- how it survives time and heartbreak, and how it transforms us forever." from GoodReads

In true Nicholas Sparks form, this story is one of romance, loss, and life. Let me start by saying that this is the first book I read on my new Kindle and not only was the Kindle amazing, but the book was, too.

It was Christmas day and my family came over and I couldn't let go of this book as hard as I tried. The voice of the main character, John, is so strong and unique that it kept me intrigue. I've never read too many books from the male POV but this one was just breath-taking. Seeing John fall in love and then go through the struggles that he goes through just kept me on my toes.

I cried a lot in this book, too. There are three parts and I cried on all three of them. It's such a touching and real story that it feels as if I went through it. I can't wait to see the move.

In one sentence:
A story that touches your heart and it lingers there days after you've turned the last page.

5/5 stars.
I leave you with the trailer:


GMR said...

Sounds heart-wrenching...but in a good way. That's pretty much Nicholas Sparks' style from what I gather...the touching story with struggles and suffering but an ending befitting the best for the characters. Sounds like you definitely enjoyed it (and the new Kindle)....I should be reading a copy soon as well (won one the other day...yay!). Thanks for sharing....and happy reading!

Justine said...

Aww, your review! I love books that make me cry. I don't know why; something about it makes me feel good, lol.

AHH! Channing Tatum! Loove the trailer! Okay, so I've got to watch the movie when it comes out and read the book. But which one shall I do first? Oh, that's always the hard part.

Penelope Sanchez said...

I LOVE Nicholas Sparks and I LOVE his writing. Dear John was by far one of his best. It was so real, you could feel yourself right in the story. I cried several times and that always means that it was an excellent story! Kudos!

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