Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
I actually haven't seen the movie for this yet, but I can now say I've read the book. The story is pretty typical for a Nicholas Sparks book. A "bad boy" whose really good inside meets and innocent girl, and they fall in love. Except something tragic happens to their relationship. Based on that we could be talking about A Walk to Remember or even The Notebook with a little imagination. The male in the book is John Tyree, a U.S. soldier on leave, who was raised by his single father and didn't have the richest lifestyle growing up. Savannah Lynn Curtis is a somewhat naive very religious Southern girl. Don't they sound like a few other Nicholas Sparks characters? Without giving anything away, the ending to the book is almost the perfect mix of the endings of A Walk to Remember and The Notebook. Although I've heard they changed it slightly for the movie.
Honestly its a typical Nicholas Sparks tearjerker. It is somewhat predictable in parts. But even so I couldn't stop reading it and was crying by end. And now I really do want to see the movie. While his books do seem to all be a bit formulaic, if you're looking for a good tearjerker this would be a great option.
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