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Dear John

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  405,486 Ratings  ·  10,071 Reviews
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 has captured his heart.

But 9/11 chan
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published October 30th 2006 by Warner Books (first published 2006)
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Parisa to answer ur question, it's heart crushing and at the same time torturing .

i cried a lot, and also there were more than a one occasion when i want to…more
to answer ur question, it's heart crushing and at the same time torturing .

i cried a lot, and also there were more than a one occasion when i want to slap Savvanah for treating my lil love (John) like that in the course of event.

anyhow i don't know whether u read it or not so i can't say more in fear of spoilers.

but i'll say this, if u r a hopeless romantic like me, read it . perhaps with a tissue box next to u :)(less)
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Dec 08, 2009 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks is one of those books I've developed a love/hate relationship with. I love, love, love the first part of the book, and I immediately fell for the main character, John Tyree. But when he gets his Dear John letter, it was all down hill from there, and I have to say I was left in angst. The ending is to some extent depressing, but I do have to give it to Sparks because he paints a realistic picture. However, someone needs to let the man know that he's writing fiction an ...more
Sep 25, 2007 Erin rated it did not like it
Spoiler Alert - Though it started out really well, I hated the ending! In typical Sparks fashion, your not left with a happy ending. Though I have been a fan of his (The Notebook is one of my favorites), I am growing weary of these endings. I just don't like to invest my time and the roller coaster of emotions he sends you through only to be left unsatisfied. (If you've seen the movie Cold Mountain, you may get what I mean. I felt the same way at the end of it, "Hello...I spent 3 hours watching ...more
This book needs to have a different title like maybe The Rehash or The Tragic Tragedy . Seriously how many times do we have to hear about the same scenes?!?!

Ok so I didn't hate it, but really it was a bit of an overload. I had it coming though, I mean what did I expect by picking up a Nicholas Sparks novel? Sparks is a popular author for a reason. His writing draws you in but not forcefully. The words gently tug you along and before you know it you have to finish the book. I will give him
Christina C.
Jul 16, 2014 Christina C. rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book but the ending just killed me, I hated the ending. After everything John goes through he doesn't get to be with the person he loves. Of course in the beginning of the book it states that they don't end up together but I still had hope and I thought they weren't gonna end up together for different reasons, but Savannah leaves John! She doesn't wait for him! She said she truly loved him and then she falls in love with someone else while John is away,
OK, so...I finally finished. Like a lot of other people, I read this simply because I saw the preview for the movie and I HAVE to read a book before I see the film adaptation. In this case, I really wish I wasn't so anal retentive.

Anyhoo, the book. Typical Sparks fare - star-crossed lovers, torn apart by fate, life, what have you. I really enjoyed the interaction between John and his father a lot more than I did his relationship with Savannah, maybe because it seemed far more real. I never warme
Aug 29, 2007 Kristy rated it did not like it
Mom recommended this one- I hate Nick Sparks' writing. It's too simplistic and yet too formal. In my opinion, no one in this day and age is allowed to use "for" when they mean "because." Too plot driven and he spells everything out. I might have loved this in 7th grade...
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Let me start off by saying that I am not a re-reader. My philosophy is why re-read when you can read something new, right? But when I saw the re-release of Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (with Channing Tatum on the cover!!) and the fact that a movie was made based on the novel, I wanted to revisit John and Savannah.

I think it goes without saying that Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors. If Sparks writes it, I will read it. His books are on my auto-buy list. It all started with the movie
Opening Line: "My name is John Tyree. I was born in 1977, and I grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina..."

You can always tell you're reading a great book when you find yourself skipping ahead into the final chapters to see how things will be resolved, even though you've vowed you wouldn't. Love doesn't always have a happy ending (especially when it comes to a Nicholas Sparks novel) and this is a wonderful, albeit quick tear-jerking romance.

Our hero John grew up with a silent, meticulously organi
I would recommend this read to anyone who wanted something easy to read that would NOT make you think.

Dear John,
Next time fate smiles on you: Finish your time in the Army, let fate take its course with the husband of the woman you love, Marry your soul mate, raise the autistic child of the fore mentioned and now deceased husband of the woman you love, keep your father's coin collection to honor his memory, have two children with your soul mate, and... OK finally sell the coins to pay for your c
Melanie Chapin
Aug 01, 2007 Melanie Chapin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
This was a great book! I'm a huge Nicolas Sparks fan & have read all of his books now:) This is one of my favorites! Great story, easy to read, & it really sucks you in!
Ok, I loved it!!! When is Nicolas coming out with a new book!?!?!?
Donita Luz
"Love meant that you care for another person's happiness more than you care for your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be."
Dear John,

Why do you have to break my heart?

This is the first ever Nicholas Sparks books I've read since I've never been a big fan of romance book. But I'm so glad I've given Dear John a try. I must say Channing Tatum charmed me, but really, a friend of mine, when she found out that I've never read any book from this brilliant author, and haven't watc
Jan 17, 2008 Caroline rated it did not like it
I was looking for a book to read for the El trip home but didn't have time to really search. This was in the discard section of the library and I grabbed it thinking that it couldn't be that bad. After all, the Notebook was a good guilty pleasure. Could not have been more wrong. Ugh. I wanted to tear my eyes out and stomp on them after reading this. I felt dirty and compromised as if I had too much to drink one night and woke up next to a naked Mike Huckabee. This book was beyond preachy and con ...more
Maria Clara
Apr 15, 2016 Maria Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qué llorera, por Dios! Debo confesar que al empezar la novela, no entendía las buenas críticas que había leído acerca del libro. Pero, después de llegar al ecuador de su lectura, ya tenía el corazón en un puño. Realmente es una historia maravillosa!!!
Mar 24, 2009 Sarah rated it did not like it
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Nov 27, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, romance
Dear Nicholas Sparks,

I really do not want to like you. I was all happy living in my somewhat snobby literary world where I turned my nose up at your novels. So many people love you and gush over your books. I would either bite my tongue to prevent myself from voicing my superior opinion because I was trying to be the good non-biased readers' advisory librarian; or if my friends were all gaga I would roll my eyes and talk about what good literature really is.

Yeah, well, then I saw a kick ass pre
Sep 06, 2013 Jessylyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Here's the last sentences from the epilogue that really made a deep tug at my heartstrings.

"She pauses then and crosses her arms, glancing over her shoulder to make sure no one has followed her. Finally, she seems to relax. And then I feel as if I'm witnessing a miracle, as ever so slowly she raises her face toward the moon. I watch her drink in the sight, sensing the flood of memories she's unleashed and wanting nothing more than to let her know I'm here. But instead I stay where I am and stare
I can read this book a million times and i am sure that i'll cry each time. Why does love has to be so difficult,why does Nicholas Sparks always has to make me cry? Why does he has to write such books which are so amazing and wonderful and frustratingly good?.I mean this is so unfair,everytime i pick Nicholas spark's book I know at the end I am gonna cry and amazingly I am gonna love the book immensely.I cried a little reading The Notebook and A walk to remember which were good but Dear John is ...more
Amy (amyb2332)
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Annette mathews

This is my usual reaction after reading a Nicholas Sparks book. I adore this Guy's writing .Some may say his book is predictable,But even if it is, i enjoy it .In Dear john , Savannah and john love each other .I thought they were gonna end up with each other but fate had other plans with John going to the army .I loved the character of John,he is not perfect which makes him more real,whereas i cannot say the same about Savannah .At times i thought she was selfish . I found Tim's character ve
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*

First things first, I'm going to tell you - hopefully briefly - about the new shelf I made and also, why I ever picked up this unfinished book again.

This is my second attempt at writing this review... stupid crashingness!

My Breakup Book Challenge

I realised, some time last year, that I have an unfinished book for every doomed relationship in my history, it's not many - mind you - but still. A weird thing to notice.... 13 years after the first was shelved, no? And whilst I didn't really care wh
Feb 03, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
John Tyree grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. A couple of years after John had graduated he felt like he was at a bit of a loose end. He'd had a few local jobs, but nothing ever lasted for long before he moved onto the next job. Although he lived with his father their relationship was pretty strained and when John had spare time he spent it surfing. Surfing was the only thing that he really enjoyed, but he knew had to find something else to do.

John decides he will enlist in the army as he f
Feb 04, 2010 Nicole rated it did not like it
This was an assignment for a bookclub so I plunged in even though my last experience with Nicholas Sparks left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. If The Notebook left a bad aftertaste, Dear John had me dry heaving. Books like this make me wish I could just leave something unread, but once I start the first page the wheels have been set in motion and I'm there for the entire ride, no matter how dismal the scenery. I knew I was in trouble from the first sentence of the prologue ("What does it mean to t ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Andra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this. Even if I saw the movie before I read the book I was still moved.I fell easily into the story and lived every exchange of words.It was much more complex than the movie and I really liked the way Nicholas described all the action and the characters. Even though I couldn't give the book 5 stars because the ending made me so disappointed :( . But i still recommend this for anyone who is looking for an easy but good book that will make you cry like a baby .

3.5 out of 5 stars

Review coming later, but in the meantime....

This was better than the last one I read, but for some strange reason I couldn't fully get behind the romance. The ship would not sail!
Dnf second time around, due to flagrant boredom. I just cannot deal with this author, there's no spark whatsoever (pun intented).
Miss Kim
John comes from a single parent home, and had a rough relationship with his father. He joins the army a few years after high-school, because he realized he didn’t like where his life was headed. John meets and falls in love with Savannah one week’s time while he is on leave. They make plans to spend the rest of their lives together; however the world gets in their way. John, feeling patriotic after 9/11, re-ups in the army and heads off to the middle-east for 3 years. I thought the story was rea ...more
Cik Aini
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Oct 05, 2014 Farah rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-library
True love means that you care for another's happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be.

Sparks, I love this book, I love Savannah, John and Tim too.. I love you man..

Dear John is an amazing book, It took me to another place, made me feel such beautiful, strange feelings I can't even describe, each word touched me alot, Savannah's and John's love touched me way more.
I liked the way they were and the way the book was.

Despite that the whole novel was talking
Si lo sono un pò in meglio tardi che mai ^_^
Grazie Tizi per avermi fatto leggere questo libro, che mi ha completamente rapito e straziato il cuore. L'ho appena finito e non sono lucida..soprattutto non ci vedo perchè sto ancora piangendo. ç_ç Non ci sono parole per descrivere l'amore che si sente, si avete capito bene si sente, fino a far esplodere il proprio cuore leggendo queste pagine. Semplicemente bellissimo.
4.25 stars

What an end.
It made me feel happy and broken and angry and bittersweet.
I know this doesn't make sense, but it's true.

It's just that... I wish I were loved like that.

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As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist's assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

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