Dear John (2006) In Nicholas Sparks' plasticky new tearjerker, Dear John , Army boy John meets angelic college gal Savannah on a North Carolina beach and begins a… 2006-10-30 Fiction Warner Books
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Dear John (2006)

Dear John | GIVE US A BREAKUP A rocky romance and Iraqi war drive Sparks' gooey new novel
GIVE US A BREAKUP A rocky romance and Iraqi war drive Sparks' gooey new novel
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Oct 30, 2006; Writer: Nicholas Sparks (Author); Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Warner Books

In Nicholas Sparks' plasticky new tearjerker, Dear John, Army boy John meets angelic college gal Savannah on a North Carolina beach and begins a crash course in true love. But while John cherishes Savannah's old-fashioned virtues (she's a chaste, churchgoing teetotaler) and she likens their meeting to ''pure white light, breathtaking to behold,'' John's prolonged post-9/11 absences gradually erode the relationship. He's stationed in Iraq when he receives the titular kiss-off letter. We're meant to share John's sorrow at Savannah's defection, but Sparks' gooey vision of her character — part Doris Day, part Mother Teresa — may provoke other reactions to the breakup. Like relief.

Originally posted Oct 27, 2006 Published in issue #905 Nov 03, 2006 Order article reprints