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Dear John

Sparks, Nicholas

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0446528056
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: viii, 276 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 27, 2015

Wow… Is all I have to say about the book Dear John by Nicolas Sparks. It is so touching but so realistic and unbelievable at the same time. It only took 2 weeks for John and Savannah to realize they're very passionate love for each other. However John has to go back to the military and doesn’t want to leave Savannah behind. When he leaves the both of them are torn apart but they keep in touch by writing letters to each other. That only works for so long until they both realize that their love is going to have to be put aside for the best. The best part of the whole book is the ending but I cant really say what it is because you will have to read it for yourself. I think this movie is perfect for anyone that is looking for a romantic movie. It also is perfect because it is a tragedy but doesn’t make you cry until you feel depressed. There will be tears but it will not always be sad tears which is even better. I have read this book so many times and each time I watch it I find something new to enjoy. Its one of those movies that everyone can just watch and you will feel like you are actually in the movie and when they read the letters that they wrote to each other you can really feel it inside. Well at least it did for my friends and I. I hope that you guys enjoy this book as much as I did.

Jul 15, 2014

I love this book. The ending was unbearable.

Jul 15, 2014
  • I_sing_the_Body_Electric rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is book is definitely MUCH better than the movie! After reading it, the movie did disappoint by a lot. I recommend this novel but warning: this book is a definite tearjerker!

Apr 29, 2014

So sad! I cried and have read it three times now

Mar 12, 2014

Once again, Nicholas Sparks has failed to disappoint me. Dear John might just be my favorite Nicholas Sparks book so far. However, I do have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book as Nicholas Spark's endings never truly satisfy me. The novel is about a rebellious guy, John Tyree, who dropped out of school to enlist in the army. When he comes back to his home, he meets a girl named Savannah who changes his life. Although the two are opposites, they fall in love. Throughout the course of the book, John changes so much, Savannah changed him. The subplot I enjoyed most was the relationship with his father. At first, John resented his quite father who didn't have much money but slowly, Savannah changes their relationship and John forms a close tie with his father.I think I might have enjoyed the growing of the relationship of John and his father more than the one between him and Savannah. The book is titled Dear John because it really is the climax of the story. When 9/11 changes everything, John re-enlists and Savannah heart broken, tries to wait for him to come back. When John receives a letter with two words Dear John, his life is changed forever. Dear John, the letter read... and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. I really loved the character development of this story, love changes John he matures into a wise young man. His experience with Savannah really gives him a new perspective of love, and what it really means to love someone. “I finally understood what true love meant...love meant that you care for another person's happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be.”

Mar 05, 2014


Jan 31, 2014
  • chienkiwi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

My favorite author and is book is amazing. I cry everytime you can't go wrong with Nicholas Sparks

May 25, 2013
  • poem rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Dear John is an emotional book that pulls at your heart strings with it’s heartfelt message and beautiful prose. This novel, much like Nicholas Spark’s other novels, had me turning pages. Unlike his other novels, the main protagonist is different from the other characters because he has thick skin and grew up with a father whose life is devoted into routine and balance. John Tyree is an army built guy with an attitude who never thought he would ever seriously fall in love. Then, of course at the right moment, he meets the tanned-brunette sunshine of his life, Savannah. Who by the way is the kind of girl you would hate to compete with because of her kindness and devotion to being a good humanitarian. It started out as a simple rescue which then turned into two weeks of them laughing, sharing stories over a starry sky and hanging out at the beach. After those two weeks, John knew he found his true love but he had to leave back to the military. This lead to heartfelt letters from Savannah and that is where the story emotional strings start to strum in. What I enjoyed about this book as well as Savannah and John’s relationship, I enjoyed seeing the growing relationship between John and his father. This title is quite fitting because the novel revolves around a heart wrenching letter that begins with two simple words, “Dear John”. I recommend this book to any romance lover as it was a great read.
“When you're struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it's just as hard as what you're going through.”

May 01, 2013
  • shortygotskills rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written. Excellent analogies. He is never a disappointment. Truly explores the heart wrenching strength in true love. A wonderful read.

Dec 30, 2012
  • miic rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i teared towards the end of this book. I prefer the book to the movie.

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May 01, 2014

“And then I feel as if I'm witnessing a miracle, as ever so slowly she raises her face towards the moon. I watch her drink in the sight, sensing the flood of memories she's unleashed and wanting nothing more than to let her know I'm here. But instead I stay where I am and stare up at the moon as well. And for the briefest instant, it almost feels like we're together again.”

May 01, 2014

“love means to see the one you love happy”

May 01, 2014

“You have no idea how much the last few days have meant to me," I began. "Meeting you has been the best thing that's ever happened to me." I hesitated, know that if I stopped now, I'd never be able to say it to anyone. "I love you," I whispered. "Did you ever imagine something like this?" she wondered aloud. "You and me , I mean?" "No," I said. "It scares me a little." My stomach flipped, and all at once, I was sure she didnt feel the same way. "You dont have to say it back to me," I began. "That's not why I said it--" "I know," she interrupted. "You don't understand. I wasnt scared because you told me. I got scared because I wanted to say it, too: I love you, John.”

May 01, 2014

“We’d met at a carefree time, a moment full of promise, in its place now were the harsh lessons of the real world.”

May 01, 2014

“But...as bad as it was, I learned something about myself. That I could go through something like that and survive. I mean, I know it could have been worse--a lot worse-- but for me, it was all I could have handled at the time. And I learned from it.”

May 01, 2014

“I love you, Savannah, and I always will," I breathed. "You're the best thing that's ever happened to me. You were my best friend and my lover, and I dont regret a single moment of it. You made me feel alive again, and most of all, you gave me my father. I'll never forget you for that. You're always going to be the very best part of me. I'm sorry it has to be this way, but I have to leave, and you have to see your husband." As I spoke, I could feel her shaking with sobs, and I continued to hold her for a long time afterward. When we finally seperated, I knew that it would be the last time I ever held her. I backed away, my eyes holding Savannah's. "I love you, too, John," she said. "Good-bye." I raised a hand.”

May 01, 2014

“I'm going to marry you one day, you know." "Is that a promise?" "If you want it to be.”

May 01, 2014

“And for the briefest instant, it almost feels like we're together again.”

May 01, 2014

“I fell in love with her when we were together, then fell deeper in love with her in the years we were apart.”

May 01, 2014

“The saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there's nothing to make it last.”

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Jul 11, 2014
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Dec 30, 2012
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Apr 23, 2011
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May 01, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: lots 8\10

May 01, 2014

Sexual Content: not too bad 4\10

May 01, 2014

Violence: a few scenes 7\10

May 01, 2014

Coarse Language: barely any about 2 uses of a** 3\10

Apr 25, 2011
  • bookworm1997 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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Jul 11, 2014
  • Brandon97_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As a rebellious youth, main character John Tyree dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not sure what else to do with his life. On leave to visit his dad, he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah Lynn Curtis. He falls in love with her and the feeling is mutual. This bond quickly grows and Savannah waits for John to finish his tour of duty, at which point the two would settle down. Unfortunately, 9/11 happens and it changes everything for the two. Watching his comrades re-enlist, John feels it is also his duty to re-enlist and fight for America through the tough times. Choosing country over love, the extended separation results in Savannah falling in love with a childhood friend, Tim. And with that, the lives of John and Savannah changed forever. John returns home as his father's health worsen and John now must face the truth that Savannah is now married to Tim. Events unfold and John finds himself having to make the hardest decision of his life.

Jul 06, 2012
  • Saulia rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

John is on leave, and that is when he meets Savannah. They immediately fall in love, but John has to go back to war. They write to each other, but their relationship hits a rough patch when John chooses to reenlist.

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