Books, Romance

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks Book Review

When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through.”

Excerpt from:
Dear John
by Nicholas Sparks
Synopsis from Wikipedia:

The story is about a couple who fall in love over one summer. They are separated during the man’s military service. John Tyree, the main character, has a father with Asperger’s syndrome. The story is partially set in Wilmington, North Carolina where John’s father was a single parent who had difficulty having meaningful conversation with his son and has an obsession with coin collecting. John knows there is something different about him but he has never found out what it is. Feeling a lack of direction and no strong fatherly influence in his life, John enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces.

John returns home on leave from the army when he gets news of his father’s death. After the return he seeks out Savannah, where he is surprised to learn of her life events following her marriage to another man. It was obvious to John, Savannah, and even her new husband, that Savannah still had love for John. But he decided to let Savannah go, because he cared about her more than himself. Although drained by battle overseas and the loss of Savannah, he realizes that due to a legacy from his father, he’s able to express his love in an unexpected way.

This is a tale of real love for people who are into the whole agonizing emotional notion. John and Savannah fall in love and write to one another for years while John is in the military. It is common known that long-distance relationships are difficult, but they are made even more difficult when a pair has only recently started dating and one party believes there are other, superior options. It gets lonely and simple to dispute with your loved one over what seem to be little concerns when you’re simply unhappy about being apart. However, the majority of those who have read this book claim that the storyline, rather than the characters, is what drives the story. The narrative held my interest throughout the whole book on its own, and the turns it made toward the end astounded me.

I’ve read a couple of Nicholas Sparks books, and while I find them to be a little predictable (you normally know how the book will end, and they’re frequently terrible endings), it’s still a wonderful read. I think the viewpoint was handled effectively all around, and you were scarcely aware of what was going on. Not much detail, but not too little, all things considered.

I really enjoyed how the plot flow in this book was explained from John’s point of view. The novel seemed incredibly pleasant, especially in light of the fact that there was occasionally a lot of his usual life. Despite the fact that Nicholas Sparks’ books are always quite short, you never get the impression that they are overly long because of how beautifully and engagingly he writes.

Nicholas Sparks writes sincere, realistic tales that evoke strong emotions in the reader. Savannah’s character struck me as being uninterestingly level, which is why I took away one point. For me, this book’s conclusion is straightforward but astounding. I suggest you take up this book and give it a read if you like emotionally compelling stories with a clear narrative and recognizable characters.

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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