Dear John

Nicholas Sparks is on top form with this 2006 novel which explores relationships in his typically quirky and individual style. Not unexpected from a writer who has given us The Notebook and Message in a Bottle.

The hero is a member of the United States Army who finds love but also finds himself conflicted with duty to his country following the events of 9/11  He falls in love with a girl who holds the key to helping him understand his father and their unusual ways of communicating.

It is not really a “feel-good” book – or is it? Certainly, the plot twists and turns in unusual ways. As readers we learn about maturity and tolerance and ultimately we are convinced of the reality of true love. I read it whilst struggling with a biography of the Queen (more about that if I ever finish it,)  In fact, I found myself almost unable to put Dear John down. And that despite the fact that the plot was not going the way I wanted it to. Perhaps I am too influenced by fairy stories or romcom films.

I think it deserves a nine out of ten. What do you think?

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5 Responses to Dear John

  1. Lyn says:

    I “read” it via audio book several years ago as I was traveling cross country, one of the first experiences of reading with my ears. I enjoyed it very much. In fact, I recently thought if I take a trip, that would be a good re-listen. Yes, 9 of 10 works. :)

  2. Dianne says:

    I have watched the film a couple of times. Have the book on my Kindle, but only breezed through it. Cannot believe the story line, although perhaps I should as I have seen girls throw away a chance of happiness and settle for someone with whom they have a friendship but no romance. Perhaps love is scary?? Dianne

  3. Sheila says:

    I can’t believe I logged on to your blog today and found this. I am reading this book now. “Dear John” letters have always been of interest to me since my dear darling is of the same name. To be honest, the book is getting on my nerves. I am not sure why. I am about 3/4 of the way through it and am now racing because I want it to end. I am not sure if I could give it a 9. But it depends how it ends. Keep you posted!!

  4. freda says:

    I know what you mean, Sheila, I think I gave the high mark more for the language rather than the storyline. Also because I had been reading difficult books and it was such a pleasure to read something that I didn’t want to put down.

  5. Sheila says:

    I finished it and I have to say I am still angry with the characters. What a waste! In my mind they wasted their love. I am not sure who to blame. But I didn’t like the ending. Or the middle for that matter. I read pretty much for pleasure and entertainment. I have read “difficult” books but more and more lately am not looking for that. I do like good language and maybe that is what kept me going. It wasn’t the plot for sure! He should not have left, she should not have married someone else…blaahh blaahh.

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