Dear JohnBook - 2006
An angry rebel who dropped out of school to enlist in the Army, John meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams, discovering a mutual love that is threatened by the events of September 11, John's decision to re-enlist, and Savannah's falling in love with and marrying another. 1,500,000 first printing.
Hachette Book Group
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 the girl of his dreams. Savannah Lynn Curtis is attending college in North Carolina, working for Habitat for Humanity, and totally unprepared for the passionate attraction she feels for John Tyree.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, and John realizing that he's ready to settle down with the young woman who has captured his heart.Neither can foresee that 9/11 is about to change the world and will force John to risk every hope and dream that he's ever had.Like so many proud men and women, John must choose between love and country. And like all those left behind, Savannah must decide to wait or move on. How do we choose wisely? How can we face loss-without giving up on love? Now, when he finally returns to North Carolina, John will discover that loving Savannah will force him to make the hardest decision of his life. An extraordinary, moving story, DEAR JOHN explores the complexities of love-how it survives time and heartbreak, and how it transforms us forever.
An angry rebel who dropped out of school to enlist in the Army, John meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams, discovering a mutual love that is threatened by the events of September 11, John's decision to re-enlist, and Savannah's marriage to another man.
John, a high school dropout, enlists in the Army not knowing what else to do with his life. While in the Army he meets Savannah, they fall in love and she awaits his return from the Army. After 9/11 John feels it's his duty to re-enlist. During their long separation Savannah falls in love and marries someone else.
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“And then I feel as if I'm witnessing a miracle, as ever so slowly she raises her face towards the moon. I watch her drink in the sight, sensing the flood of memories she's unleashed and wanting nothing more than to let her know I'm here. But instead I stay where I am and stare up at the moon as well. And for the briefest instant, it almost feels like we're together again.”
“You have no idea how much the last few days have meant to me," I began. "Meeting you has been the best thing that's ever happened to me." I hesitated, know that if I stopped now, I'd never be able to say it to anyone. "I love you," I whispered. "Did you ever imagine something like this?" she wondered aloud. "You and me , I mean?" "No," I said. "It scares me a little." My stomach flipped, and all at once, I was sure she didnt feel the same way. "You dont have to say it back to me," I began. "That's not why I said it--" "I know," she interrupted. "You don't understand. I wasnt scared because you told me. I got scared because I wanted to say it, too: I love you, John.”
“We’d met at a carefree time, a moment full of promise, in its place now were the harsh lessons of the real world.”
“But...as bad as it was, I learned something about myself. That I could go through something like that and survive. I mean, I know it could have been worse--a lot worse-- but for me, it was all I could have handled at the time. And I learned from it.”
“I love you, Savannah, and I always will," I breathed. "You're the best thing that's ever happened to me. You were my best friend and my lover, and I dont regret a single moment of it. You made me feel alive again, and most of all, you gave me my father. I'll never forget you for that. You're always going to be the very best part of me. I'm sorry it has to be this way, but I have to leave, and you have to see your husband." As I spoke, I could feel her shaking with sobs, and I continued to hold her for a long time afterward. When we finally seperated, I knew that it would be the last time I ever held her. I backed away, my eyes holding Savannah's. "I love you, too, John," she said. "Good-bye." I raised a hand.”
“I'm going to marry you one day, you know." "Is that a promise?" "If you want it to be.”
“And for the briefest instant, it almost feels like we're together again.”
“I fell in love with her when we were together, then fell deeper in love with her in the years we were apart.”
“The saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there's nothing to make it last.”
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As a rebellious youth, main character John Tyree dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not sure what else to do with his life. On leave to visit his dad, he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah Lynn Curtis. He falls in love with her and the feeling is mutual. This bond quickly grows and Savannah waits for John to finish his tour of duty, at which point the two would settle down. Unfortunately, 9/11 happens and it changes everything for the two. Watching his comrades re-enlist, John feels it is also his duty to re-enlist and fight for America through the tough times. Choosing country over love, the extended separation results in Savannah falling in love with a childhood friend, Tim. And with that, the lives of John and Savannah changed forever. John returns home as his father's health worsen and John now must face the truth that Savannah is now married to Tim. Events unfold and John finds himself having to make the hardest decision of his life.