Dear John by Nicholas SparksDear John by Nicholas Sparks

Dear John

byNicholas Sparks

Mass Market Paperback | July 1, 2008

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FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

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.
With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include fifteen #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all of his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and ...
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Title:Dear JohnFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 1.12 inPublished:July 1, 2008Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446618306

ISBN - 13:9780446618304

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A story of love, loss and emotion. Dear John is a story that begs the question 'what if...?'. What if you took a different path in life? What if you made the wrong choice? John is raised by his father and has a hard time relating to him. After high school, John enlists with the Army. John meets Savannah while she is volunteering for Habit for Humanity and they fall in love. The two continue their relationship through romantic letters, then 9/11 happens and John re-enlists. The time apart puts a toll on their relationship. I don't agree with some of the choices that John and Savannah made, but John's selfless act at the end made me proud. I fell in love with John's character. He's not perfect which makes him more real, but I can't say the same about Savannah. I also enjoyed reading about John's military career and the reasons that take men into a war. I was invested with the story and the characters. The start is slow but the ending is worth it.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An emotional book Dear John was the first novel to make me tear up. Although the ending was somewhat predictable, I still enjoyed the plot. This book is definitely worth reading, even if you've already watched the movie.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Decent cheesy lovestory...
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I loved this book it even made me cry! Would recommend it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth reading I hate the ending of this book, but the rest of it I love. I do prefer the movie though.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Saddest of Sparks books I loved it but cried through the whole thing
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good not great I love Nic Sparks but Dear John was not one of his best. I didn't like what happened to the love story of John and Savannah while John was in the war. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A talented writer Nicholas Sparks not only knows how to write about love, he knows how to write about loss. I think that using his own experiences has made his stories more powerful and resonant with the reader.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Great book, loved the story line and movie
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Sparks' best It wasn't difficult to read through, but I can't help but feel that the ending is an attempt by Sparks to avoid predictability. As in: "You won't be able to guess whether my books have happy or sad endings".
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Never disappoints Loved this book so much...Nicolas Sparks never disappoints
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Amazing story of love and loss. I even cried. Can't wait to read another Nicholas Sparks book.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Filled with emotion If this book doesn't break your heart i don't know what will!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story I really loved how this book was written - but I was hoping for a different ending... I really didn't like how sad it turned out. I was disappointed how Savannah treated Logan.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) Super cute love story, but I hated how Savannah was portrayed. I actually liked how she was in the movie better. The movie made her seem less cynical and coldhearted.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable Another unbelievable read by Nicholas Sparks! He never lets the reader down!!! Looking forward to the next read!
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dear John I am a big fan of Nicholas Sparks. Dear John was an amazing book. 2nd best so far.
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic love story I read Dear John fairly quickly, it was a story of loss, despair, autism, love and goodbyes. I enjoyed this book and was left with a feel good feeling at the end.
Date published: 2014-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dear john I wished i had read book first then movie didnt like ending
Date published: 2014-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea Well written but not one of his better books.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This was a wonderful book to read, we'll written, and the plot just followed effortlessly. I love the chemistry between savannah and john. It was beautiful to read how john and Savannah grew in there relationship, but in must relationships we have hard decisions to make and how they affect the people that we love. This book is decently a tear jerker, but it's diffidently worth every tear. 
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I read this book whilst on holidays. I found it a relaxing and easy read
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Like all other Nicholas Sparks books, this too was amazing. Definitely better than the movie -- as always but the storyline makes you feel what John felt and as though you're right along side him. Marvelous read, absolutely recommend it.
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from True to form This is very much Nicholas Sparks and the slow burn of his narrative transforms.his reader from one.of a passive audience to one fully engaged in the same room as his characters. While not his most brilliant effort, he still does not disappoint.
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it This book is amazing!!!!!!I I loved every moment of reading this book. Nicholas Sparks is my favourite romance writer!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow The ending was not what I was expecting from a Nicholas Sparks book, it was amazing. Definitely going to watch the movie tonight.
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written! I just finished this book this morning, and it was worth every moment of my time. It was so much better than the movie, even though I thought it almost impossible to love the story any more than I did. Sparks always brings tears to my eyes!
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing!! This book is amazing! I read the book before the movie came out and seeing the characters brought to life was so intreguing. Its such a great love story, I couldn't put it down for hours on end. I read this book on the beach and was crying! John and Savannah are like a modern romeo and juliet in the way that they can't be together but they are separated by the army instead. I love the idea of sending old fashioned letters instead of emails. It seems way more personal and their letters in the novel were so heartfelt and long. This book is a must read if you're a real romantic at heart.
Date published: 2011-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. I read this book before seeing the movie, I really enjoyed this book and the characters were easy to relate to. I loved how John changed in the book, and became a totally different person. The relationship he had with his dad was heartwarming, and seeing how devoted he was to Savannah was truly inspiring. The middle and end of this book were dramatic and sad but very interesting nonetheless. If you like other Nicholas Sparks books you will like this one as well!
Date published: 2011-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First Love I started my Sparks love with this novel. Ever since I read this novel I have been a #1 Sparks fan. Haven't stopped reading him since.
Date published: 2010-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was fine The movie trailer was better than the book.
Date published: 2010-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written ! Dear John is definitely a book that you will not leave your hands until its finished, took me less than 24 Hours to finish. Emotionally heartbreaking and beautifully written, Sparks writes a story that is easy to relate to at any age and made me cry. Savannah and John give people the desire to find love as true as theirs.
Date published: 2010-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If You Like Love Stories You'll Love This! John returns to North Carolina one summer when he is on leave with the army to visit his father. He meets Savannah, a university student building houses for Habitat for Humanity during the summer, on the beach after rescuing her purse which fell into the water. There is a strong connection between the two, and they spend as much time as they can together before he must return overseas. When John leaves, the two write letters to one another in an effort to maintain a long distance relationship, and wait for the day when John’s time with the army is up. Shortly before John is released, 9/11 happens and he feels that it’s his duty to re-enlist. This puts a lot of strain on John and Savannah’s relationship causing things to change between the two. Savannah loves John, but the time apart has led her to fall in love with another man. When John gets out of the army, he’s still in love with Savannah and he faces one of the hardest choices anyone can possibly face. Nicholas Sparks is the master of love stories, and he doesn’t disappoint with Dear John. By the time the reader is done with the novel, they will feel like they’ve really gotten to know John. The characters conveyed emotion so well that the reader experiences them right along with the characters. Every interaction between John and Savannah was well planned out and perfectly detailed. Nothing between them was described as fairytale perfect, so it wouldn’t be hard to convince yourself that John and Savannah’s relationship was based on real events. The love experienced by them will bring a warm and fuzzy feeling to the reader’s heart. Another very emotional and touching relationship in the book was the one between John and his father. I didn’t expect to focus on anything aside from John and Savannah, but the relationship with his father allowed the reader to know more about John’s childhood and what kind of a person he was. John’s character development was impressive, especially when reading the glimpses of his childhood. The plot is light, but the novel is leaning toward the heavier side because of all the emotions attached. I’m not sure that I have ever had mixed feelings before as strongly as I did when I read the end of Dear John. It’s remarkable how Sparks can leave you thinking the end was pleasant and regretful at the same time. I walked away thinking about how much inner strength it must take to make great sacrifices. I was just the smallest bit disappointed that I wasn’t crying my eyes out at the end though. I sort of expect that from a Nicholas Sparks novel. I definitely recommend Dear John to those who like an emotional love story.
Date published: 2010-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You have to hand it to Sparks... He really knows how to write beautiful books. Although many may think this is just another romance from Nicholas Sparks, it is much more. The best parts of the novel include the time spent between John and his father. The book also tends to be fast paced with just the right amount of detail at all the right times. I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2009-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read; Gives Values to Family and True Love... I just finished reading this book I just started reading this morning..It took exactly 11 hours to read. It pulls you to read the next page, to see what'll happen to John and Savannah. John and his dad (i just love the awkward silences...and knowing the reasons behind the silences). I love this book, I can't wait for the movie to come out!!! Sparks has done it again!!
Date published: 2009-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Dear John certainly is a great read I couldn't put it down being that I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks I would recommand this one to all book lovers.
Date published: 2009-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romanticism - Nicholas sparks style Lovely read, Once again Sparks makes you plot for lovers to unite, work it out. Seems while all the fiery romance burns, the tragic ends still remain.
Date published: 2009-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a powerful story Wow I read this book in one day because I couldn't put it down. This story is a must for a hopeless romantic. Be sure to have lots of tissues on hand because there were many points where I had to stop reading to cry. I can't believe after everything that happened to John that he was able to find a little bit of happiness.
Date published: 2009-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed Looking forward to the movie
Date published: 2009-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Unique Love Story I found this book to be one of his bests. His writing is phenomonal and more than one of Sparks books have made my top ten. However, this novel was so unique! His storys are so captivating and this one took the cake. A man in the army falls in love and keeps in touch with his love through writing letters.. Suddenly the story takes an unexpected turn. Later on THAT twist falls into another twist. and then John is left to make a huge choice. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes romance novels. This one is excellent !
Date published: 2009-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old Fashioned Love Story With A Bittersweet Ending You can always tell you’re reading a great book when you find yourself skipping ahead into the final chapters to see how things will be resolved, even though you’ve vowed you wouldn’t. Love doesn’t always have a happy ending (especially when it comes to a Nicholas Sparks novel) and this is a wonderful (albeit quick) tear-jerking romance with a lesson given on sacrifice before love or happiness. Our hero John grew up with a silent, meticulously organized father that he didn’t understand. In his teens he began to rebel, hanging out, playing pool and drinking. This continues for a number of years with John working menial jobs, getting several tattoos and going nowhere fast. Eventually John decides its time to grow up and he joins the army. In fact it’s during 2 weeks leave that he first meets Savannah, diving into the ocean to rescue her sinking purse. Savannah is your stereotypical good-girl; raised in a stable family she’s kind, pretty and hopes to save the world. It’s also love at first sight for our couple despite the warnings from her tattoo phobic college friends. Together the pair plans a future together, counting down the days until John’s discharge as Savannah helps him understand his father and he in turn feels contentment for the first time in his life. On Sept 11 everything changes as John in a moment of patriotic loyalty chooses to re-up in the army, putting a hold on their marriage plans while he enters the war in Iraq. The two try to maintain a long distance relationship but the war changes John and the years apart put a strain on their deep love. When John’s father grows ill he returns home but will he be too late to save both his relationship with his father and the love of his life? I fell in love with John’s character and surprisingly his father too. Each is well written and they felt like real people. I also enjoyed reading about John’s military career and the reasons that take men into a war. Savannah as the heroine was a little too perfect for me but their heartbreaking love story and the regret that they both share will keep you up into the wee hours, and leave you wondering about John long after you’ve finished reading its bittersweet ending. Another great read from Nicholas Sparks that I would definitely recommend. Oh, and John if you’re out there, I’m single…
Date published: 2009-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from GOOD Not one of Nicholas Sparks better books.
Date published: 2009-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Real Soap Opera This is a light and enjoyable novel, one that will give you a few hours escaping reality and plunging into a sappy and romantic fantasy. This is about army sergeant John Tyree narrating his love for Savannah Curtis, the girl of his dreams, and their relationship. It is the typical boy meet girl love story in the post 9/11 world. Boy goes to war and girl waits for him to finish his tour of duty. Here the specific war is not important, the author doesn’t delve into the effects it had on his characters. When John re-enlists it weighs heavily on their relationship. Will their love survive… This novel is a quick read; the characters are realistic enough and likable, the plot is very predictable and not complex. The story hovers around the ideals of love and how fragile it can be. Added are some unrealistic twists leading to appropriate sadness and some heart wrenching moments, bringing tears to your eyes. If you are a fan of soap opera, this book is for you.
Date published: 2009-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwrenching A friend of mine suggested I read this book, and I am so glad he did.... I loved it! When I read it, my boyfriend, who's also named John, was over seas in Afghanistan, and it really helped me to understand what hes going through while hes over there... The ability Sparks has to write in such depth and emotion is incerdible... and being able to evoke such feelings in yourself, as if you were the character is a talent beyond beliefe... I would read this book again in a heart beat!
Date published: 2008-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Great story, one of Sparks best. It really broke my heart though, and I really wanted to jump into the story and give John a hug. I really felt bad for him, he was such a great character, and he deserves some happiness.
Date published: 2008-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!!! Sparks always writes amazing books... I loved this one.. I read it in 3 days...
Date published: 2008-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked this book It was a good book, a good story line.
Date published: 2008-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignant Wow. Sparks writes about first love as if he was still experiencing it. Told in the first person, from the man's perspective, he writes with a depth of emotion that is very moving. The characters are real and he makes you care how it will end. You expect it to go a certain way, but still hope it will change at the last minute. Everyone wants a happy ending, because it's sad to live with regret over what could have been. It was a poignant story with a lesson about the sacrificial nature of true love. It shows that love wants only the best for the beloved. Also, a nice change in John's relationship with his father, once he understands the nature of his problem.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth a read This book was sweet and heartbreaking at the same time but the story was unforgettable. Read this and you won't be able to put it down!!!
Date published: 2007-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing After just experiencing my true love being away in Afghanistan for the past six months, this book really hit home for me. Nicholas Sparks has an amazing way with his words and more than once I did shed a tear. I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2007-08-16