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Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
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Read from July 31 to August 06, 2010

This was my first Nicholas Sparks novel and given what I expected, I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't blown away by it, either. The characters weren't complex and the plot was predictable. However, I appreciated that Sparks didn't dish up your standard, run-of-the-mill love story. It was a growing up story more than anything else; we went on a journey, following main character and narrator, John Tyree, as he learned, among other things, how to love, how to forgive, and how to accept the people in his life for who they were and not for who they could have been.

The first few pages made clear this wasn't going to be a novel with a happily-ever-after and I was fine with that. John and Savannah's romance didn't make my spine tingle; in other words, I didn't feel the supposed star-crossed chemistry between them. Their relationship was pretty predictable, surprising only in its traditional and chaste nature, and in that, it was unrealistic for a modern couple.

Perhaps the story got too depressing toward the end, but life gets depressing. Things happen that are unfortunate and you have to deal with them to the best of your own ability, even if that means you disappoint others' expectations of you in the process.

I responded well to John's struggle to understand his father, and I was glad that their relationship reached a good point by the end.

Overall, it was okay. I don't know how soon I'll pick up another of Spark's novels, but I don't regret reading Dear John. Three stars.
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Nadine Sutton I have to admit that not all his novels are great. Some I do think he's just wildly scrabbling around for a plot and hurting his characters to provide drama. but in Dear John I think its plausible and touchng


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