Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

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On the brink of John and Savannah's finally getting together, 9/11 happens, and John re-ups. Savannah's letters come less and less frequently, and before you know it, he receives the expected "Dear John" letter. Sparks's novel brims with longing.
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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.
 

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Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California when he was eight. In 1984, he received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Notre Dame. Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and spent 56 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list followed by another 54 weeks on the paperback list. Sparks has had a string of New York Times bestsellers including: A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight, Dear John, The Last Song, Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Safe Haven became his eighth film adaptation. Sparks is involved in many local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
 
Published October 30, 2006 by Grand Central Publishing. 280 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dear John
All: 23 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 3

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Sep 04 2006

On the brink of John and Savannah's finally getting together, 9/11 happens, and John re-ups. Savannah's letters come less and less frequently, and before you know it, he receives the expected "Dear John" letter. Sparks's novel brims with longing.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Judy Gigstad on Aug 07 2007

Sparks ends the book on an emotional positive. His message is that, though harsh and complex, love transforms us forever.

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Nights and Weekends

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Reviewed by Laura Shaffer on May 01 2014

Dear John is especially well written. Nicholas Sparks does a great job of building his characters, drawing the reader into the story to the point of not being able to put the book down.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Megan C. on Jul 20 2015

The book reminded that not everything you have planned will work out. Love is not only about you but another’s happiness. I would recommend anyone to read Dear John. I would love to read more from Nicholas Sparks.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by MADavis on Jul 16 2015

This story was so deep and one of my favorite stories and movies. And I would recommend this book to anybody who loves Nickolas Sparks.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by devikaarora on May 01 2014

The author also uses letters exchanged between Savannah and John as a medium to render the sound and natural love they seem to have for each other. Just as the Daily Mail has said in praise, it will have you weeping for the joy and tragedy of it all!

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by acousticagl15 on May 01 2014

I enjoyed this book very much. Dear John in my opinion was one of my favorite love storybooks out there.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by WriteReadDance on May 01 2014

I loved reading this book. I never wanted to put it down. I adored how much detail the author put into the novel. I also enjoyed how the book was written in first person point of view, seen through John.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by .aml2957 on May 01 2014

Dear John was a very enjoyable book. It was classified as a romance, which is my favorite type of books. Anyone who likes romantic books would enjoy this book.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Cherry22 on May 01 2014

I recommend this novel for teen’s, young adults and any reader who enjoys true love and romance. “Dear John” just the two words will make you breathless as you continue the journey of John and Savannahs true love.

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Nicole Napoli on Feb 13 2007

A novel like this makes you wonder about all the people who pass through our lives and how often a single incident can change fate forever. It's a very endearing and heartwarming story about love and sacrifice.

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Curled Up

Good
on Jul 22 2015

Nicholas Sparks, the bestselling author of A Walk to Remember and The Notebook, writes about love that aches sometimes but that continues to exist.

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The Good, The Bad and The Unread

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Reviewed by Sandy M on Oct 15 2010

These characters are all simply wonderful. Their story is joyous as well as heart wrenching. And the end. Oh, my gosh, the end of this book had me in tears.

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All the Books I Can Read

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Reviewed by 1girl2manybooks on May 25 2010

I don’t necessarily need a happy ending, but I like a clear and definitive ending where I can be sure all the characters stories were wrapped up. I didn’t feel this was the case with Dear John and that disappointed me just a little.

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Parental Book Reviews

Below average
on Jul 16 2015

Personally, I do not suggest this specific book because I feel it is one of Nicholas Sparks' weaker novels. As mentioned before, the storyline was mediocre and predictable. But if you do decide to read this novel, you will most likely be affected most by John's relationship with his father.

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Reading for Sanity

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Reviewed by Kim R. on Oct 09 2009

A great loves story, intertwined with heavy internal conflict, Dear John is a quiet, emotional read. At times you see little bits of reality, that bring the story home.

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Peeking Between the Pages

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Reviewed by Darlene on Dec 03 2009

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.

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Caught Between the Pages

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Reviewed by Kayla on Jan 16 2011

...it makes sense, so I can’t say I hated the book because of it. I just . . . Expected something different. It’s not always a bad thing to get something unexpected. Dear John gets 4/5 stars from me.

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Miss Page-Turner

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Reviewed by Miss Page-Turner on Oct 14 2010

I really like love stories, but in my opinion Nicholas Sparks' writing stlye is a bit too descriptive. Still he knows how to write a story people would be sad about or touched by, especially romantics.

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The Written World

Below average
Reviewed by Kailana on Jul 28 2007

So, an okay read, but not by far the best thing I read this month. I also say that there are better Nicholas Sparks books so if you want to read him and are looking for a good start, go back to his earlier stuff.

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Healing Hearts

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Reviewed by Michelle Sutton on Jan 24 2012

If you've never read Sparks before and you want to see some of his best work, start with this one. It's not depressing, but rather hauntingly beautiful, and I loved it!

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Planet Books

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Reviewed by Karen on Feb 10 2010

I’m glad I read your original story about John and his Savannah. It was also perfect timing reading Dear John the week before Valentine’s Day.

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Such a Teenage Bookworm

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on Jul 13 2011

Dear John is such a touching, heartbreaking story that I really enjoyed. I've only read The Last Song from Nicholas Sparks, and I loved that one, so I wanted to check this one out.

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