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Dear John

A book by Nicholas Sparks

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Not in Typical Sparks Fashion

  • Jun 17, 2010
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     I picked up this book thinking/hoping it would be in the same style as every Nicholas Sparks book. While that may sound boring, I have grown to love his classic, romantic style and the slight predictability of his writing. I was unpleasantly surprised with this novel. Usually reading Sparks' books gives me pleasure and that 'can't put it down' compulsion until I've devoured every word. Again, not this time. The book started off at a good pace, telling the fleeting summer romance between John and Savannah. It was a light affair that quickly transformed itself into something much more serious, complicated by John's obligations to the US Army. After the initial courtship was done and the reader knew things were to be much more long-term, the novel became kind of tired, and like a chore to read. The couple was never together, and when they were, it was with the knowledge that they soon would not be. It was the same thing over and over again. 
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       Furthermore, it seems Sparks tried to fit too many depressing elements into the story. As if the entire war plot line weren't enough, John's ailing father with Asperger's, and Tim dying just put the book over the top. Sparks is usually a master of getting it right, but this time, it was like he was writing to be put into a movie, and for that reason alone. There was not enough true romance here, and far too much reality, much different from the author's typical format. (Perhaps for the better in the eyes of some?)
       As a side note, if the option is between seeing the movie or reading the book, I would say read the book. The movie absolutely butchered the story in the book, and made an already bad story a wretched one. (Completely missing elements and changing the ending.)

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July 17, 2010
I've just started the book. I liked some of the language in the prologue, but it also sounded a little sappy considering the protagonist is a military man. I think I've got a stereotype stuck in my head about macho military men, lol. I hope to write a review when I finish it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book too!
 
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review by . July 12, 2010
Nicholas Sparks has always been a safe writer.  One who decides it's best to stick to the familiar and what people know rather than trying too hard to challenge them.  There are times when Sparks approach leads to some simple yet incredibly good stories (The Notebook or even A Walk to Remember) and other times it leads to relatively boring books (such as The Choice).  For the most part Sparks has a fairly good track record.  It can get annoying to read some of his stories, …
review by . June 16, 2010
Nicholas Sparks is famous for making women cry when they read his novels. The depth of emotion and eloquence with which he describes the emotions tearing at his characters' souls makes him one of my favorite authors on my bookshelf. This was one of the most moving novels I have read in a long time.      This is the story of John, a high-school dropout, troublemaker turned Army hotshot. His father was never able to help him break his behavior due …
review by . June 02, 2010
This is a Nicholas Sparks book, so be sure to have tissue close by.  I think this book truly captured my heart and soul because of the age of the characters, the setting, and other topics in this books that I have a particular interest in.  I actually picked up this book at a random garage sale for a .25.  Little did I know it would end up being one of my most favorite books, lent out to many of my friends, but always making sure to get it back.  I think that is how the …
review by . June 23, 2010
This book was depressing. Right from the first page, you know it it not going to end well. This writing technique puts a pall over the entire book. I read the book before I saw the movie. More about that later.   So, the girl in the story is a little high maintenance. She didn't love John as much as he loved her. She found it too difficult to be away from him while he was away from home fighting for our country; he re-upped after 9/11 - had to or he wouldn't have been the good …
review by . July 07, 2010
As always, the book was far better than the movie. The leads seemed like they would have done a fabulous job and in fact I thought the movie looked like it was going to be extremely good but /I have to say the book was way better. Not to mention, the movie was hardly accurate. Anyways...   the book is about a girl and a boy who meet, fall in love, etc etc. Fairly familiar plot but the boy is in the army and so to keep things interesting, they write letters back and forth …
review by . June 23, 2010
FYI my review might be a SPOILER!!! I love the story, Dear John, because it is a touching story that hits real close to home. The story of Dear John is not exactly like my love story because my ending was happy. It is similiar because I met a military man and had only 3 weeks with him before he started for basic and we fell in love. Most people might say it is impossible to fall in love that quickly and that this story is unrealistic in that way. I can tell you that the military can change …
review by . June 17, 2010
What I love about this book, is the essence of reality.  It really explores the lives of two individuals who fit the mold for the average Joe as well as revealing the ugly traits that are connected with long distance relationships.  The truth shines through in every word throughout this story.       One cannot begin to imagine what life holds for those who are fighting for the life we so inadvertently take for granted.  And even more than that, there is no …
review by . July 07, 2010
   Semi Spoiler if you have NO idea what this books about....            I very much enjoyed this book. I had a very hard getting through the first half. I let all the things I had heard about get into my head. Everyone told to expect disapointment. But I have to say, it was perfect. A true love story. A real one. Yes, sad. My heart ached, I cried. But overall, it was simply marvelous. Life doesnt always have the sweet happy endings people like …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
This book was much better than I expected. For me, Nicholas Sparks novels are a hit or miss. I don't like several of them and am only fond of a few. This is one that I will read again.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
A good book. Much better than the movie. The ending of the book was not what I wanted it to be, but most things in life aren't! Sparks is always realistic in his books, and I like that.
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Dear John is a novel that was published in 2006 and written by American author Nicholas Sparks. Set in Wilmington, North Carolina and Lenoir, North Carolina from 2000 to 2006, the three-part novel begins with 23-year-old John Tyree, an army veteran who is on leave while staying with his father in his home town, and explores the common romance theme of love after loss, involving a couple who meet at a beach one summer and eventually become separated by war. The pair individually endure family health issues and social obstacles, all the while struggling to reconcile their love for each other. A film adaptation of the novel, directed by Lasse Hallström, was released in 2010.
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ISBN-10: 0446528056
ISBN-13: 978-0446528054
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Genre: History
Publisher: Warner Books
Date Published: November 24, 2009
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