Friday, March 19, 2010

Another Book Version

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.



  1. Funny, because I just read this last week! I was home sick one day, and was looking through my bookshelves when I saw it- I didn't realize I owned the book, haha!

    Like you said, I found it fairly predictable, but there were some unexpected moments, and now I do kind of want to see the movie :)

  2. I have this book sitting on my shelf but I haven't read it yet! I buy every Nicholas Sparks book, I love him! his tragic love stories get me every time. I didn't see the movie though. I wanted to but the previews didn't look that good and then it got bad reviews. but maybe I'll rent it. but I have to READ it first! :) (I have so many books I need to read!)

  3. I loved the beginning...hated the end. I didn't even want to see the movie because of the book.

  4. I usually love Nicholas Sparks' books. This was the exception. Maybe it's because I'm a military wife that I found the ending so....insulting. At this point I'm not sure I'll watch the movie.