If Nicholas Sparks is popular in the world of literature, it can be accredited to his peculiar way of writing – usually eloquent and less complex. The stories he narrates in his books are not only good love stories but also generally don’t come with so many characters, unpredictable plots and unrealistic resolutions. He is being loved by people who like easy reads.
So far I have read his The Rescue and A Bend in the Road. I love both of them. But enough with them, now let me talk about his another great creation, Dear John.
Dear John is a lovely story. It starts at present in Germany and takes us to the past in North Carolina where John first meets his lover Savannah. John is a soldier. And Savannah is a college student.
The love between John and Savannah is initially like how any other teenage love can be – quick and carefree. However with the passage of time, love between them becomes serious and realistic. It gets tested by various circumstances where both have to make selfless decisions not only for their lives but also for the people whom they love in order to understand what love really meant. Dear John presents different levels of love and of course different parameters of defining true love.
Nicholas has actually given characters that are realistic. In the course of reading, we can easily make out connections with not only between the main characters and other minor characters but also among minor characters themselves. We can easily make out how Savannah’s presence in his life helps John in actually knowing his father well. Alan – Tim’s brother, helps John in knowing Tim well.
Dear John can be a realistic story. Not because such story has never happened to you and me but appears very likely to have happened to someone even within our sights. John going off to war and wondering if his lover Savannah will wait there until he returns is interesting. Some love doesn’t last long so much they are intense and true.
When you turn the last page of Dear John, you’ll be surprised to know how Savannah really turns out. It may break your heart but you will say it’s realistic. True love sometimes means a compromise – letting go off what your heart wants the most. You may be more surprised to realize that at one point of time you too have experienced at least some portions of ‘Dear John’ story in your life.
But now in moving with recommendation part, do I recommend Dear John to you? I can’t recommend to all. If you like easy read and wants to feel romantic, sappy and ride emotional roller coaster, you may read it. But if you don’t like stories that have sad endings, you better pick other books. Dear John doesn’t have that.
I think I have given quite a long review. So I don’t want to spoil it before being tasted by you. Go ahead and feel yourself. I heard it’s also being adapted into motion picture. You actually have got choices. Happy Reading!