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Dear John [Mass Market Paperback]

Nicholas Sparks
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Dec 1 2009 American Collection at Fwc
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.

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Hot on the heels of True Believer and sequel At First Sight, Sparks returns with the story of ne'er-do-well-turned-army-enlistee John Tyree, 23, and well-to-do University of North Carolina special education major Savannah Lynn Curtis. John, who narrates, has been raised by a socially backward single postal-worker dad obsessed with coin collecting (he has Asperger's syndrome). John bypasses college for the overseas infantry; Savannah spends her college summers volunteering. When they meet, he's on leave, and she's working with Habitat for Humanity (he rescues her sinking purse at the beach). John has a history of one-night stands; Savannah's a virgin. He's an on-and-off drinker; she's a teetotaler. Attraction and values conflict the rest of the summer, but the deal does not close. Savannah longs for John to come home; her friend Tim longs to have a relationship with her. On the brink of John and Savannah's finally getting together, 9/11 happens, and John re-ups. Savannah's letters come less and less frequently, and before you know it, he receives the expected "Dear John" letter. Sparks's novel brims with longing. (Oct. 30)
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John Tyree is on the fast track to nowhere. At 20 he has no real relationship with his strange and dispassionate father, no attachments to anyone else, and no job, so after breaking up with his girlfriend, he decides to join the army. Military life does alter him, yet he remains disconnected. While home visiting his father in Wilmington, North Carolina, however, he meets Savannah Curtis, a college coed who is everything he is not. A warm, morally straight-ahead woman with a commitment to special education, she captures John's heart and he hers. In the short time they spend together, he opens up to Savannah and true love develops as they plan for a future. Then September 11 changes everything. John feels that it is his duty to renew his commitment to the army, while Savannah wants him home with her. The good soldier now lives in dread of receiving a "Dear John" letter. Sparks, a perennially popular novelist whose name is synonymous with romance and bittersweet endings and whose work translates so readily to movies, lives up to his reputation with his latest novel, a tribute to courageous and self-sacrificing soldiers. Patty Engelmann
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comfort reading Jan. 21 2010
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It's been a while since I've read a book by Nicholas Sparks. My last one was Message in a Bottle. Sparks has found a winning formula as he has eight New York Times bestsellers to his credit.

My experience has been that they all tug at your heartstrings and Dear John is no exception.

John Tyree is home on leave from the army when he meets Savannah Curtis. Their time together is short lived, but they quickly fall in love. John must return to his squad, but Savannah vows she will will wait for him. His time is almost up when 9/11 strikes and John re enlists. Can their love survive further time apart?

I listened to this in audio format. Holter Graham was the reader. I'm not sure if he naturally speaks with a Southern accent, but once in awhile I would find it slipping. He played John with a slow southern drawl that at times made him seem simple. Savannah's voice was easily identifiable, with a slightly different southern accent and a quicker manner of speaking.

I think the story is an excellent one, especially in today's times, when this scenario is being played out in many lives. Sparks finishes his tale with a different twist, again designed to make you reach for a tissue.

Now this is purely personal and I'm sure there will lots of dissenting opinions, but... I just didn't like Savannah. I found her overbearing, manipulative, selfish and too much of a know it all. I often wonder if in listening to an audio book, you form a different picture of a character than you might have in reading the book. I then watched the movie trailer and with the characters played by Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried , think I may change my mind again.

So, yes if you're looking for a heart string tugging read, this is definitely one for you. I'm more of an action girl myself, so found some of it a bit repetitive and slow going but I did enjoy the story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BITTERSWEET LOVE STORY Feb. 8 2009
By Buggy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Real Soap Opera March 2 2009
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
No one writes a love story like Nicholas Sparks and this book is definitely one of his best. The book is divided into three parts. In part one, John explains his difficult childhood having been raised solely by his father with little knowledge of his mother. His father is a kind, loving man in his own way but is unable to show emotion or carry on a conversation on any subject except the coins he collects. John survives the school years, often never fitting in, and joins the army. On leave he meets Savannah, a young college student. Needless to say, a strong and unexpected friendship develops which eventually leads to romance.

In part two, John returns to Germany where he is stationed. Savannah returns to college to finish her education and establish a career. During the years that follow, John returns each year on leave with promises of a life together. However, various world events prevent John from returning to the States permanently which puts a strain on his plans to marry Savannah. As both John and Savannah discover, it is difficult to keep the flame burning in a long distance relationship. For all they share in common, they discover great differences in each other as well. Finally, John receives a heartrendering "Dear John" letter telling him Savannah is in love with someone else, her best friend since childhood.

Part three, continues the tale of John and Savannah's separate lives. There is a twist to the end of this story that is bittersweet, leaving the reader reaching for the nearest box of tissues. This is no "happily ever after" story, but one filled with joy, heartbreak, kindness, compassion and appreciation for the beautiful memories life bestows upon. "Dear John" is a story that stays with you long after the pages have been read. Cherish the dreams, hold on to the memories, for nothing lasts forever.
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Published on April 6 2011 by Daniel F. Silva
3.0 out of 5 stars "Typical" Dear John
A bittersweet romance story, which was an easy read, but did not keep my interest. Not sure what I was expecting - just MORE. It was disappointing for me, but was an OK read.
Published on Jan. 3 2011 by Gerrie
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Published on Sept. 2 2010 by chaynes
3.0 out of 5 stars What it isn't, what it is.
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Published on July 11 2010 by Schmadrian
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
This book was a fabulous, easy read. The way Sparks develops his characters is outstanding. The relationships are honest, easy to relate to and intriguing. Read more
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