Book Review: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Hey people!

How is your week going? Sorry, its been a while since I wrote here. A lot has been going on and I have been a little slow in grasping the changes. Anyway, I had finished reading Dear John a while back when I took it up! But forgot to write a review for the same I couldn’t wait to finish this book. Mainly because it didn’t strike me much as a can’t-keep-it-down kind (Ouch). Let’s see the good and the bad stuffs about it.

Name of the book: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Genre:
Fiction, Romantic

Characters:
John Tyree, Savannah Curtis, Bill Tyree and other supporting characters

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

What is Dear John about?
“Dear John” is another romantic story by the king of romance, Nicholas Sparks. The story is set in North Carolina, yet again. Its about a boy named John Tyree, who works for the U.S.Military and a girl named Savanna Curtis who fall in love with each other (due to the fault in their stars, yes, pun intended). But destiny will have something else in store for them and their love is tested through intolerable levels of hardships and how they face those together.

What did I enjoy in Dear John?
There are not many things that I enjoyed in the book. Since I had already read Nicholas Sparks’ The Wedding (and loved it!), this didn’t strike me as a unique love story. A boy meets a girl, when they are least expected to meet each other in whole of the universe, ever. Then they fall in love, after which the struggle to be with each other follows after a quick turn of drastic set of events. They get separated due to John’s military service but stay connected over letters that they write to each other.

Nevertheless, Nicholas’ writing aces. It was a little too formal for me, compared to The Wedding. But you could just finish the book in a breeze, because the writing is easy and relatable at times. Also, I liked how the relationship between the father, Bill Tyree and the son John is portrayed. Nicholas chooses the setting of North Carolina yet again but he excels at making the setting very natural and not something that’s obviously fictional.

Some of the quotes from Dear John that I liked:

“I finally understood what true love meant…love meant that you care for another person’s happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last.”

“I fell in love with her when we were together, then fell deeper in love with her in the years we were apart.”

“I love you, not just for now, but for always, and I dream of the day that you’ll take me in your arms again.”

What did I not love in Dear John?
I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t like it much either. The long-distance phase of their relationship seems a little too formal and unrealistic. Had there been more expressions in the way they showed their love in their letters, or any other way for that matter, that would have been more heart-warming, rather than formal greetings and lots and lots of unspoken feelings.

Who would love Dear John?
Someone who likes romantic genre and wouldn’t mind reading another love story that one might have come across often. Like I said, you could finish the book in a breeze..

Who would not?
Someone who has more expectations just like I did!

Would I recommend Dear John to anyone?
Yes, I would still recommend it to others who wouldn’t mind reading stories like these. Had I read this first instead of The Wedding, perhaps this review would have been totally different. I just had more to expect from this novel than it offered me. But hey, that’s just my opinion! You could still give this book a read.

Rating (Out of 5)

You can purchase the book from here.

Have you read Dear John yet? If yes, what was your opinion on the same? Do share your views via comments.

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