Dear John: The Movie

Reviewed by Kimberly, age 19, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

The first thing going through my head before I went to go see Dear John was how cute this movie was going to be because of the previews I had seen before it came out. I have not read the book Dear John, so I didn't have any idea what the story was truly about, but it looked like something that would interest me and a girlfriend of mine. Dear John is based on the book by Nicholas Sparks, who also wrote The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. Going into this movie I had no expectations, and the only thing I hoped for was that the ending would be a decent one because romantic movies a lot of the time end up having not-so-great endings.

So my friend and I went to see the movie the day after it came out, which was a Saturday, and we were really excited to see it. The movie started off very cute and romantic, and this is a good way to start off a movie. The characters are John Tyree, played by Channing Tatum, and his love interest in the film is the character named Savannah Lynn Curtis, played by Amanda Seyfried. This is a movie of true love, heartache, and how even the things you really do want in life don't end up working out the way you'd hoped. Savannah falls in love with a solider named John Tyree during her spring break. The basic story line is that these two lovers trade "Dear John" letters with each other over the course of two years.

Overall, Dear John is an inspiring movie and it does bring out the emotion in you, but the ending did not live up to the hype. There was a better way to end the movie, and I don't want to spoil it for the people who have not seen it, but I will say this - it doesn't work out the way you think it will. It is the kind of ending that leaves you hanging, making you think there will be a part 2. This was yet another good book turned into a movie, but it fell short in delivering in terms of the ending.

I give Dear John 4 stars out of 5 because the movie had a strong start and the action part of it spiced things up as well, but the ending disappointed so many of the people in the theater that it seems there must have been a better way to end the movie, but they chose not to do it.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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