REVIEW: #78 Dear John by Nicholas Sparks


Reading time: 2 – 3 minutes

Title: Dear John
Author: Nicholas Sparks
ISBN: 0446567337
Pages: 352

Synopsis: (Taken from
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.


dear-john-coverAfter too many pages about collecting coins — I had enough of the book. The whole coin collecting thing — was it necessary to open up an entire novel boring me about such a collection? I want to say “no”.

Well, to be fair — I got all the way up until he met this chick and then thought, “boring”. It’s not as if this book was written horribly, as it wasn’t. It just simply wasn’t engaging enough that I had to know what happened with these characters. They were boring and lacked dimension or personality (at least in my opinion). But, that’s just me. I rated it as a two indicating that it just “wasn’t for me”. I am sure others would disagree with the rating, but then again — *shrug*. I just didn’t consider this a romance to remember.

It may be one of those cases where the movie is (in fact) better than the book. I sure hope so.

  1. Allison says

    I really don’t know. I don’t typically read Nicholas Sparks although I enjoy the movies based off his books.

  2. PeachyTO says

    I’ve yet to read anything by Nicholas Sparks, and from what I hear he has a pretty clear 50/50, love/hate readership statistic. Have you read anything by him that you’ve enjoyed and can recommend?

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