29 Jul 2020

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Book Review / Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

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.

Published:    7th August 2007
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned


This book is both beautiful and heartbreaking and in most cases at the same time.  We follow John who has been brought up by his father alone who rebels against is father and enlists, to get away.  What he doesn't realise is that before he goes he meets Savannah who will change his life in so many ways.

What I loved about this book the most was actually not the relationship between John and Savannah but the relationship between John and his father.  You see them at the beginning of the novel as a relatively normal-ish father and son.  When John grows older he rebels, as most of us do at some point when we are younger.  When John gets back from duty and begins to spend more and more time with Savannah, Savannah opens his eyes to a part of his father that he had never thought about before but explains so much. 

As with most of Nicholas Sparks' novels, there is so much more to this story than just a simple love story.