Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Dear John” has been on my radar for awhile but I never got around to buying it.  I’ve read almost every other Nicholas Sparks book except “Nights in Rodanthe” and maybe one or two others.  I decided to download this book and read it now because the movie is coming out and I figured that I should know what’s going on in the world.

I do enjoy Nicholas Sparks’ books, but something about this one… I don’t know.  Maybe I’m tired of unrealistic love stories.  I did like reading the book, but the story just seemed a little… fluffy (is that the word I’m looking for?).  The story is about a young man (John, duh) in the Army who meets an innocent, sweet girl named Savannah while he’s home from Germany on break.  They fall in love immediately and it’s the whole “opposites attract” thing: he used to be a rebel and a troublemaker (not anymore – the Army straightened him up), he drinks, has tattoos, etc,; she is young and naive, she’s a virgin and doesn’t drink, she likes volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in her free time.  They fall in love immediately but then John has to go back to being stationed in Germany and they lose touch, especially after he re-ups his service commitment after September 11th.  Needless to say, it doesn’t last.  There’s another part of the story that focuses on John’s relationship with his father and that part is sad.

The movie (although I haven’t seen it yet – is it even out yet?) kind of ruined the book for me because in the book, Savannah has brown hair, and Amanda Seyfried is a blonde.  Not like it makes a HUGE difference, but I like to imagine the characters in my own mind and hate when I keep thinking of the actors that they cast instead.  I have no desire to see the movie – I’m sure it could never beat “The Notebook” for me.  Plus, Amanda Seyfried’s eyes are distracting.  It was a sweet story and everything, but I’ve liked some of Sparks’ other stories better.  “The Guardian” was the first Nicholas Sparks book I ever read and although I don’t really remember the details because it was several years ago, it was one of my favorites of his.  If anyone sees “Dear John” the movie, let me know how you like it!

  • Kayla

    The movie was amazing! My boyfriend took me Friday to see it and I left with puffy eyes and a soaked collar. I agree with being able to see what you think the characters might look like, but she did a great job on the acting. Sometimes, that is all you need. Check it out, there wasn’t a dry eye in the theater!

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