DEAR JOHN by Nicholas Sparks (10 point Review!)

A standalone novel.

Genre: Literary fiction – Romance
Target Audience: 13+ 
Goodreads Rating: 
3/5

  1. I found the characters to be really in-depth. They’re like Shrek, they have layers. Like an onion!
  2. Despite the characters being layered, there was one character that I grew to dislike. I’m not gonna say who, but 🙄 *eyeroll*
  3. I really liked the way it was told. A fresh way of storytelling from the usual ‘I did this, she did that’, story.
  4. It felts pretty flat in some point. Like I had to dig through a pile of stones to find one crystal.
  5. SAAAD
  6. It embraced the culture of the little town, and the means of little, dingy restaurants being better than they appear.
  7. I don’t think this is one of Sparks’ best novels, The Longest Ride still wins there!
  8. I enjoyed learning about John’s past in the beginning, and I love, love, loved his Dad. His Dad was definitely my favourite character. He just won my heart, y’know?
  9. I remember having to force myself through the last few chapters. Ultimately, it brought my rating down a chunk.
  10. I never truly attached myself to any of the characters, except for the Dad. The rest could die and I probably wouldn’t mind. (Sorry!)

Goodreads Desscription:
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 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. 
Dear John, the letter read… and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.


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