Friday, 6 August 2010

Dear John ~ Nicholas Sparks

The book starts (prologue) in the year 2006.  It's first person, from the perspective of John.  He explains that he's sitting on a hill waiting for Savannah to walk out of her house, so he can see her.
He gives a little background before chapter one begins and we're flown back six years earlier.
The story is about how John and Savannah fall in love at first sight.  John is in the army and he's on his two week leave before he has to return to Germany.  In the two weeks spent together both John and Savannah know they want to spend the rest of their lives together.
John goes back to Germany and he and Savannah write and call each other frequently.  Neither of them could even guess that 9/11 would happen.  The tragedy that no one saw coming will now test and pull their love.  Will their love survey the distance and the stress of war?

Personally, I'd never read anything by Sparks before.  I'd heard that this movie was supposed to be good and I need a book to read so I thought I'd try it.  I wasn't impressed.  The story line was catching, yes, but I didn't like the way it ended, and obviously Sparks' theology is at best sketchy. There were a couple swear words and an adults scene (not a graphic, detailed one but it was there none the less).
I don't necessarily recommend this book.


Nikki said...

I think I've read one of his novels many years ago as a teen--A Walk to Remember. That novel actually had some pretty decent theology (at least I thought so at the time).
I'd heard about this movie but didn't really have a desire to see it. Sorry it kind of stunk.

Ana said...

I tried to read "A Walk to Remember" once, but I couldn't get past the first couple chapters ... For me there was too much swearing and things ... but that was years ago.

Nikki said...

Really?! I must be thinking of a different book then! :-P Maybe it was the movie version I'm remembering... Either way I'm not a fan of Sparks either.