Mushy tale wins my Heart

A book review from my side πŸ™‚ Something which I have hardly done on my blog. But I just had to do it because I have gone nuts after reading this book. I have fallen in love with – “the love” portrayed in this book. I hated romantic novels in the past. My experience with “Pride and Prejudice” was pathetic. Now please don’t give me those looks. Every girl I have met so far has liked Jane Austen’s books. But I just felt them to be kinda boring. I always liked Fiction which were either Sci-Fi or Suspense or Murder mystery or Humor or just Science. I never read any romantic novel until now (I am not considering Twilight series since they are fantasy based). But I enjoyed watching such movies. I had never read a spiritual/philosophical book until I read ‘the Alchemist‘ and fell in love with the book. It made an entry into my all-time most favourite books.

I loved ‘The Notebook‘ movie a lot and had watched it a couple of times in the past πŸ™‚ I had seen the trailer of the new movie ‘Dear John‘, also written by Nicholas Sparks (the same writer who wrote ‘The notebook’). I expected the movie to be good and thought I will watch it. How did I end up reading the book? Hmm.. I was in this bookshop and I did not know which book to pick up. None of them looked interesting and then suddenly I saw this.

The summary at the back of the book looked interesting and I thought why not read it. Once I had done a similar mistake of buying the book “Nineteen Minutes” just like that and that book could not hold my interest for even ten minutes (forget nineteen minutes). It was one of the most boring books I had tried reading in my life (I never finished reading it :D).

I had a train to board that day and I was waiting for it. I just read the prologue to pass some time and liked it.I liked the first sentence in the book which starts like this: “What does it mean to truly love another?“. You will eventually find an answer to that πŸ™‚

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After reading the Prologue, I closed the book thinking that I will read it when I am on the train. But then I got tempted. Why not read the first chapter? Second Chapter? and so on. I boarded the train, came home and was still glued to the book. I had finished 50% of the book in one go that day. It was THAT interesting. The narration was just toooo amazing. Even though there is no suspense or mystery or murder, it still keeps its readers glued to it πŸ™‚ Isn’t it wonderful? I finally finished it yesterday and felt better. I was so anxious to finish reading it that I skipped my sleep to complete it.

‘Dear John’ is a very touching love story. The main characters are John Tyree and Savannah Lynn Curtis and the story takes place in North Carolina. The whole story is narrated by John and we look at everything from his point of view. John is an army soldier and on one of his vacations, he meets this nice lady Savannah. They are very much different in everything. Savannah is a well-educated girl who has loving parents and is a very helpful and caring person. John and Savannah fall in love but John has to leave her once his vacation is over. He just has Savannah’s letter with him, which starts with ‘Dear John, …’ and that’s the name of the book too πŸ™‚ They try to keep in touch through mails and phone calls but then things start slipping.

The 9/11 attack takes place at that time and when John returns home from his service, his life gets shattered into pieces. What exactly happens? Find out after reading the book πŸ™‚ The way it has been written makes all the difference. It’s not a very uncommon tale but I can so easily relate to John and understand what he is feeling. The story was quite predictable but reading it was still a pleasure.

A movie has been made out of this book and it already got released this month. I so badly want to watch it now πŸ™‚ But the reviews say that the movie is not as good as the book. It never is, for that matter πŸ™‚ They cannot add all the emotions that the writer puts into the book.

I now want to read ‘The Notebook‘ really badly, since I like the way this author writes. I liked the movie a lot and hence, I am sure I will like the book too. It seems the movie has a different ending and not the ending given in the book.

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Other books written by Nicholas Sparks are: Message in a Bottle (), A Walk to Remember(), The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe (), The Guardian, The Wedding, Three Weeks with my Brother, True Believer, At First Sight, The Choice, The Lucky One() and The Last Song(Not that great).

I have really become a fan of Nicholas Spark’s writing style. Also most of these books have been made into a movie already and the rest of them are going to turn into a movie soon. If you are not an emotional person, you may not like any of these books written by him πŸ™‚

Now suggest me more romantic novels people πŸ˜€

Updated 02/27/2010: I happened to watch Dear John today. It was a decent movie. The ending in the movie is quite different from that in the book. And also they have changed some characters like Tim and Alan. They have also cut down the parts where John spends a week with Savannah and how they get into fights. But overall it was not at all bad. So I loved both the book and the movie. πŸ™‚

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32 thoughts on “Mushy tale wins my Heart

  1. Niiice. I loved ‘Notebook’. Haven’t watched the movie. Will read ‘Dear John’ !!:-)

    Other romantic ones..I’m afraid I’m one of those ppl who like Victorian romance. Jane Eyre is my favourite romantic novel. You won’t like it. Try reading “The Thorn Birds” or eternal favourite “Gone with the Wind”!

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  2. // I hated romantic novels in the past. My experience with β€œPride and Prejudice” was pathetic. Now please don’t give me those looks. Every girl I have met so far has liked Jane Austen’s books. But I just felt them to be kinda boring. I always liked Fiction which were either Sci-Fi or Suspense or Murder mystery or Humor or just Science//

    ditto :)) hey all those movies are by same person!!! message in bottle, walk to remember, first sight…wow πŸ™‚

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      • these two…definitely yes..me nt much liking romantic books as much as romcom movies…this one wl give a try n tell u πŸ™‚ at present double pedalling over “Deep fathom” by james rolling (!! woww..u shd read this..it begins like 2012)and “strong medicine” (awesome hailey does it again )

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  3. Interesting to know about ur reading tastes.. well i too loved the movie Notebook and just love this genre of movie making though havent read any book till now. Thoguh off late most of the wannabe Chetan Bhagats are writting sch stff these days and I like it upto sum xtnt.. AS for writing u know, i like writing mushy tales :p

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    • Yeah right, I know who those mushy tale writers are πŸ˜‰ You should try reading one of these books, you might get some inspiration you know πŸ˜€ I want to read Notebook, let me see if the book is better/worse than the movie.

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  4. seems like an interesting book.. will try to read AK… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    a very good review… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Me too heard that Dear John film is not that good.. let me read the book πŸ™‚

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  5. That sounds interesting! I love romantic novels among other types too. Just the other day, I got “At first sight” as a present. Haven’t read it still! So, that goes first on the Reading List and “Dear John” on Must Buy List! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. You dont like Pride and Prejudice :O… my are wide open with shock. I thought you and I mostly like same things :(.

    Nicolas Sparks is good. Read Message in the Bottle… I bet its gonna make you cry!

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    • Actually I read Pride and Prejudice when I was in school and very young.. I am considering reading it again, I might like it now you know.. now that I am an adult..
      I have watched Message in a bottle movie.. it was very touching too.. Do watch Nights in Rodanthe, I reallyyyy loved it!

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  8. We seemed to have similar interests.

    I’m a SO NOT ROMANTIC person, and am not expected to like such books. So, “The Notebook” was a surprise. I just finished reading it — and i felt it was a decent one. The love described is amazing, but the Alzheimer’s scared me! πŸ˜€ I’m rather forgetful, and my husband is another Noah πŸ˜€

    Have you read “P.S. I Love You” by Cecelia Ahern? I did, and I cried bucket loads. Which was damn surprising, again. So, you might like it too!

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    • πŸ™‚ Notebook was an amazing book.. I really liked reading and watching it.. one of my favourites!
      I have watched P.S I love you movie and cried buckets.. havent completely read the book, still reading it.. it is a nice book πŸ™‚

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