A rebellious teen, John Tyree, joins the Army, but continues his carefree and partying ways. That all changes when he meets Savannah, a sweet girl from North Carolina. Their short acquaintance grows into a deeper love, and Savannah promises to wait for John while he finishes what will be his final tour of duty. That all changes on September 11, 2001, when John is forced to choose between love and country. When he finally returns, John sees that love changes people in many ways. The story is told from John's point of view, skipping around in time, as we learn of his yearning for a home, and the toll war takes on him. The consequences of both John's and Savannah's choices at various crossroads in their individual lives, have long-impacting effects on the other, some they realize, and others they don't see.
Like all of Nicholas Sparks' novels, Dear John made me think about relationships, and get a little weepy, but I was surprised at the ending. I hope you get the b ook before you see the movie; it's all over the place in paperback and at your local library, too, I bet. Here's the official trailer, definitely check it out, if only for the hot factor of Channing Tatum!