Please forgive me BUT as the film adaptation was premiered here on terrestrial tv just days after I had finished the book I felt it presented the ideal opportunity to review both.
DEAR JOHN by NICHOLAS SPARKS.
When John meets Savannah, he realises he is ready to make some changes. Always the angry rebel at school, he has enlisted in the army, not knowing what else to do with his life. Now he's ready to turn over a new leaf for the woman who has captured his heart.
What neither realises is that the events of 9/11 will change everything, John is prompted to re-enlist and fulfil what he feels is his duty to his country. But the lovers are young and their separation is long. Can they survive the distance?
....... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): What does it truly mean to love another?
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 221): If our relationship was a battery, my time overseas was continually draining it, and we both needed time to recharge.
MY THOUGHTS: A real tear-jerker of a read, I enjoyed Dear John much more than I expected.
On one level an age old story of lovers separated by war, on another level with the events of Kosovo, Afghanistan and 9/11 as a backdrop it is a very modern story.
But it isn't the relationship between main characters, John and Savannah, that I found so endearing, it was that between John and his somewhat remote, coin collecting father that I found so touching.
A truly engaging read, I loved the journey of discovery that we went on with John though once again it was the unfolding relationship with his father, his growing understanding and respect of the man, that I found so very, very moving.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: A gift from a friend. As it was the unknown that played such a huge role in my enjoyment of this now that I know what happens I'll be passing this one on to another friend.
And so onto the FILM ...
Sunday night normally sees me and Husband dearest sitting down to enjoy a weekly quiz at our local club BUT this particular night saw me sitting, chocolates and tissues in hand, waiting to watch Dear John.
What a disappointment.
Barring one major difference and several minor ones the film was fairly true to the book its just that by the time it was what I called 'Hollywoodised' it just all felt a bit flat and without emotion and because of the change in ending not nearly as moving as the book.