Abstract: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
Dear John is a beautiful love story written by Nicholas Sparks. This book starts out in a flashback where John is recalling the last five to ten years of his life. John Tyree was a rebellious kid who lived with his father in Wilmington, North Carolina. His father raised him since his mother had left them when he was born. At first, he was the typical teenage boy, who would cause trouble in school, make wrong decisions, and hang out with the wrong crowd. Though, John always seemed to have a harder life than most kids, he mentions his friends and how different it was for him growing up, “While they had money to spend to go to the movies or buy a stylish pair of sunglasses, I found myself scrounging for quarters in the couch to buy myself a burger at McDonalds.” (Sparks 18) Then when he dropped out of high school, John would go to Leroy’s Bar every night; a place consisting of drinks and ladies. Finally when John realizes that he doesn’t want to be doing this his whole life, he enlists in the army. At this point, some sense is kicking in.
Once he joins, John starts befriending older and more experienced people. These friends, as well as boot camp, were the reasons why John grew up. He now had a completely different outlook on life.
It wasn’t until he was on a leave when he met her, Savannah Curtis, the girl of his dreams. She’s a 21-year-old college student at the University of North Carolina. The two meet on the beach at Wilmington, where John was riding some waves as Savannah hung out on the sand with a handful of other volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. After John rescues Savannah’s purse from the ocean, the two get to talking, and then eventually go out on a date.
During their time together, John and Savannah get to know each other, declare their love for each other, and even become unofficially engaged. John has one year of service left before he can be honorably discharged, so the two promise to wait for each...