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Dear John

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AUTHOR: Nicholas Sparks
ISBN: 0446567337

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Dear John
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by Nicholas Sparks

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. The Washington Post - Margaux Wexberg Sanchez

It isn't hard to picture John Tyree. We can simply imagine his predecessors, men in uniform staring pensively from earlier wartime romances. Apart from the occasional detail—e-mail, cellphone, Outback Steakhouse—Dear John could take place in any modern American era. For Sparks, weighty matters of the day remain set pieces, furniture upon which to hang timeless tales of chaste longing and harsh fate. Only in a novel such as this could we find our political buzzwords—peacekeeping, IEDs, hurricane relief—interspersed with these sentiments: "And when her lips met mine, I knew that I could live to be a hundred and visit every country in the world, but nothing would ever compare to that single moment when I first kissed the girl of my dreams and knew that my love would last forever."More Reviews and RecommendationsBiography

Sparks is a sort of national sweetheart -- a good-looking family man who writes heart-tugging novels that rarely fail to elicit tears or book sales. His wildly popular The Notebook kicked off a steady string of quietly triumphant love stories.More About the AuthorCustomer ReviewsReader Rating: Ratings: 887Reviews: 346See All ReviewsIt is NOT a love story that stands the test of time, in my Harlow_Monroe

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February 02, 2010: This book is at its best when we read about John and his father's personal relationship. I found myself caring more about those moments then those with Savannah. I didn't buy the "love" and found that as I read more the ending was VERY predictable. Seriously. I have never read any other of Spark's books, but I have to say to his writing style is quite good. I could not book the book down and it was a pretty quick read, overall. I just think those that are looking for the Notebook part 2 will not find it within Dear John. This book is not that story, by a long shot. Again, I most enjoyed the tender moments between John and his father, it is their relationship that made the story touching.Dear Johnby fabes

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February 02, 2010: It was a very fast reading book. Very touching and sad. I was reading it in the car on the way to Phillly, and my husband wanted to know why I was crying so much. I loved it.

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