Book Name: Juntos ao Luar
Original Title: DEAR JOHN
Publisher, year: Editorial Presença, 2008
Page total: 268
Date Read: August 23rd-25th
Genre/s: Romance, Realistic Fiction, Chick-Lit
Synopsis/Description:"Dear John", the letter read. And with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives changed forever.
When Savannah Lynn Curtis comes into his life, John Tyree knows he is ready to turn over a new leaf. An angry rebel, he had enlisted in the army after high school, not knowing what else to do. Then, during a furlough, he meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams. The attraction is mutual and quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah vowing to wait for John while he finishes his tour of duty. John must choose between love and country. Now, when he finally returns to North Carolina, John will discover how love can transform us in ways we never could have imagined
First line of Book:"What does it mean to truly love another?"
Review: I'm not a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks, or chick-lit, by the way, but even I have to admit DEAR JOHN is amazing. Nicholas Sparks keeps us on the edge, feeling sad or angry or happy as everything happens. It's beautifully written, in the lyrical way that I think is typical of Mr Sparks.
The plot is beautiful and romantic; I loved John; he just wanted to make it right, to correct his mistakes of the past...Savannah was kind of likable in the beginning, but in the end I felt so bad for John. the ending is so sad and my impression of Savannah was ruined. But what John did was so wonderful, it really makes us think: What does it mean to truly love another?
As usual, the book is very romantic with a sad ending. Don't read this if you want a "happily ever after" story.
Quotes from book:
"When you're struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it's just as hard as what you're going through."
"Our story has three parts: a beginning, a middle, and an end. And although this is the way all stories unfold, I still can't believe that ours didn't go on forever."