Dear John by Nicholas Sparks has been around for a few years but is making a comeback as it’s been made into a major motion picture and I think it’s going to make a great movie! I have been a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks for years now and have read everything he’s written except for his very latest novel which I’m getting to. The thing is I had read Dear John a few years back and have to say that the mark of a really good story is when you pick that book up again and get completely immersed into the story and finish that book in one day. That’s what happened when I picked up Dear John and I’m glad it did because I so enjoyed reading it again. Dear John has all the elements of a good story – young love, romance, tragedy, heartbreak and sacrifice.
John is a young man who starts out life on the wrong track as a teenager. Eventually he realizes he’s going no where in his life and decides to join the army. It’s the best thing he could have done. It may be cliche, but it does turn him into a more responsible adult. At home on leave, while out surfing, John meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. They are very different people but that doesn’t seem to stop the bond they are beginning to form. They realize they are in love.
Being in love is a good thing right? Well, not so if you’re heading back into the army which John has to do. They feel their love can withstand him being away and promise to write and call each other. Finally John doesn’t have much longer to go in his service to the army and he’s heading home to Savannah. However the best laid plans can get destroyed in a matter of seconds and that’s what happened for John and the world – 9/11 changed everything. John reenlisted for another couple of years and at first Savannah understood but slowly that understanding started to wear thin. Will Savannah and John’s love withstand being apart for so long or will Savannah finally move on?
One part of this story that I absolutely loved and that brought tears to my eyes was the back story of John and his father. John had never been close with his father because his father had always been a very quiet man whose only interest was his coins that he collected. When Savannah met him she realized that he may have a developmental issue and she gave John a book to read that helped him to better understand his father. John and his father were able to have a few good years together and it was really heartwarming to read.
Ultimately this book is about love and what it means to really love someone…
- ‘that love meant that you care for another person’s happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be.’ (pg 275)
John is faced with a huge decision in the book. Do you give up your happiness and what you want for what might be best for the person you love? John makes a heart wrenching decision that changes everyone’s lives.
This novel is pure Nicholas Sparks. He just has a way of writing a book and portraying love and sacrifice in a way that always gives me the shivers. I think this is one of his more emotional books and it left me smiling one minute and crying the next but it never left me bored. I really enjoyed it, even more the second time around I think!
Hachette Book Group is re-releasing Dear John on December 7 in preparation for the movie coming out. I always like to read a book before I see the movie but I have to say that I’m pretty excited for the movie now. You can buy Dear John here in the US and here in Canada. Here’s a peek at the movie trailer…
I’ve got 5 copies of Dear John courtesy of Miriam at Hachette Book Group (thank you Miriam) to give away to my lucky readers. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment with a way to contact you.
- For 2 entries follow my blog. If you do already, thanks, but be sure to let me know.
- For 3 entries blog or tweet this giveaway to spread the word.
This giveaway will be open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) as the books will be coming to you directly from the publisher. I’ll draw for the winners on Sunday, December 27, 2009. Good luck to you all!
My Thanks…to Miriam with Hachette Book Group for my review copy of Dear John by Nicholas Sparks.