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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 has captured his heart.

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Hardcover, 276 pages
Published October 30th 2006 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 2006)
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Arlene
Nov 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009, romance, adult
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
Erin
Sep 25, 2007 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
Charlotte May
Reread 2017:

"When all is said and done, we do what we do for one another. For friendship. Not for country, not for patriotism, not because we're programmed killing machines, but because of the guy next to you. You fight for your friend, to keep him alive, and he fights for you, and everything about the army is built on this simple premise."

When I first read Dear John- I was an optimistic, romantic teenager. I gave it 3 stars because I wasn't happy with it's ending, I wanted the happily ever aft
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Cara
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
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Katia
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
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*eKa*
If Savannah can wait for 21 years to give her virginity to someone she loves...
Then why can't she wait a little bit longer for John to come back from the army???!!!
She's madly in love with him.
Is that what a nice and a sweet person supposed to do?!



I could handle the slowness and the too-much-narration of this book. but THAT THING, the one that I mentioned above... I couldn't take it. Really. She's just unbelievable. She doesn't even know what she really wants!

Okay, so, this is my second Nichola
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Kristy
Aug 29, 2007 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
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Buggy
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
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Aishu Rehman
I took the recommendation of a female friend whom I respect highly and bought this book, but when I first looked at it, put it aside figuring it was a romance novel that would only appeal to women. How wrong I was.

The "leading man", John Tyree, a US Army sergeant who served in Bosnia and Iraq, was a highly sympathetic character, as was "leading lady" Savannah.

Not only were the characters good, but the plot was also.

The book moved very quickly and I finished it in one sitting, and then had to eat
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Mochizuki
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
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Melanie Chapin
May 23, 2007 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!?!?!?
Caroline
Jan 17, 2008 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
Sarah
Mar 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
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[Shai] The Bibliophage
I had the chance to watched the movie version first and now that I've finally read the book, I must admit that the latter is much better. I felt that Savannah was impatient in the movie version. But in the book, Savannah's reasons and her story was further explained. For me, this is one of those books that tells us that some things are just not meant to be.
Nazia
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
Connie
Nov 27, 2009 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
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Jessylyn
Jan 24, 2013 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
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Labijose
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es demasiado sensiblera, pero tiene “momentos” que, de vez en cuando, hacen que el corazón reaccione a las palabras. Eso es lo que tiene la escritura de Sparks, que cuando le sale un producto redondo, consigue emocionarte hasta la médula. En esta novela lo que destacaría es la relación del protagonista con su padre, por encima de la que tiene con Savannah. Creo que es la parte que más me ha decantado para ponerle las cuatro estrellas. Realmente conseguida.
Una de las mejores novelas que he leí
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Amy
Jul 03, 2008 rated it liked it
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Nicole
Feb 04, 2010 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
Annette mathews
WOW

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
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Maria Clara
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nicholas-sparks
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!!!
Kübra  Yağmur Aslanhan
Hepi topu iki tane Sparks filmi izlemiş olsam da ilki Sevgili John’dur.

Bundan yıllar yıllar önce, film gösterimden kalktıktan kısa bir süre sonra olsa gerek, filmini izlemiştim. Tabii yaş romantizm, aşk gibi kavramları yeni yeni keşfeden bir aralıkta olduğu için yetişkinlerin arasına kaynak yapmıştım. Hiç kimse de filme odaklanmış, Channing Tatum’u kesen beni fark etmedi. (Hayatımda yer etmiş filmlerin yüzde doksanını böyle izlemişimdir zaten.)

O zaman, filmden oldukça etkilenmiştim ve kitabı açt
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Susana Del Campo
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
"La gente más triste que he conocido en mi vida es la que no siente una pasión profunda por algo. La pasión y la satisfacción van cogidas de la mano, y sin ellas, la felicidad sólo es temporal, porque no existe nada que la haga perdurar"

(Me quedo con el final de la película, sin duda ♡)
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*


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
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Oana
Dnf second time around, due to flagrant boredom. I just cannot deal with this author, there's no spark whatsoever (pun intented).
Sharon
Mar 19, 2013 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
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Пүрэвбазар
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
First of all i have to mention this is the first maybe the last novel which i read from endless number of romances of Sparks. It's more than a romance!

I don't usually surf in the romance section in the bookstore. One day i accidently saw Dear John on the shelf of deserted counter. There were many novels of him including "The Notebook", "A walk to remember", "Message in a bottle" so on..

After reading the question on back of the book i bought it without hesitation. The question was : ".. can they
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Yukino
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, miei, 2016-usa
CONSIGLIO DI DICEMBRE
Si lo sono un pò in ritardo..ma 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.
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