alvi posted a review at 2010-06-18 01:46:16.
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks is the story of a young man with unresolved father issues who enlists in the army for want of anything better to do with his life. On one of his vacations back home, he meets a girl who is spending her college summer vacation building houses for people who need them but cannot afford them.
The two spend a lot of time together and grow to understand and like each other. They spend time on fun activities like surfing, and also just talking to each other. In the short span of only two weeks, she also meets his father and helps the two achieve a better mutual understanding.
The two fall in love and promise to marry each other when he returns from the army. He had originally enlisted for only two years, so the wait did not seem too long. But then, the events of September 11, 2001 lead him to prolong his stay in the army and things take a turn for the worse.
Though this is essentially a love story, it also talks of the father-son relationship, the sense of duty towards the country, and the general idea of doing things for other people. It encompasses an all round view of life.