This is a novel about John Tyree, a man who, after high school, can't think of anything better to do so he enters the army. During leave one summer he meets Savannah after he rescues her back after it has fallen into the ocean. From that point on, they spend the two weeks of his leave together and fall totally in love. When he has to go back to Germany, they vow to call and write until he can be back with her again. As time goes on, though, their relationship becomes strained because of the distance and the danger. However, they manage to stay together. And just as John is about the be done for good, 9/11 happens. John feels he must help his country and so he re-ups and Savannah are kept apart. Despite their vow to still stay together, soon Savannah's letters are coming less and less and their relationship is now the thing that is most in danger.
I zipped through this book. It started off a little slow for me but yesterday I think I read more than half of it and though I had to go to sleep I made myself stay up for the end. In true Nicholas Sparks fashion, this book is more than just a love story. I won't ruin the ending although I will say that I sort of saw it coming, having read a few of Nicholas Sparks' other novels. However, despite that I still loved the story and ended up crying at one point. I wasn't exactly satisfied at the end but I think it was a truer ending.
I have to say, with most love stories it's generally narrated by the woman. Dear John was narrated by John and at first I was a little wary. However, I loved the flawed character of John. I would actually love it if another novel was written but from Savannah's perspective. She changed A LOT throughout the novel and we never really got to see why a lot of those changes came about.
I'd definitely recommend this book and I'm eager to see the movie!