Once again Lori L. Otto delivers a story that reaches into every corner
of your heart. The best part about Dear Jon is that we get to spend
time in Jon's head, which really, is a great place to be.
Jon follows the fallout from the end of Olivia, but from Jon's point of
view. Now, let me just say that I spent a fair amount of time at the
end of Olivia and in the beginning of Dear Jon being cross with Jon.
That's not to say I dislike him, or that I don't understand where he's
coming from, but spending so much time with Livvy, I'm very protective
of her and in this case I expected more from Jon.
But that's just
the point. With Lori Otto's writing we become very invested in each
and every character. Their decisions affect us. And in the end, they
are just people who also make mistakes. (Well. Maybe not Jacks... ;-))
Livvy and Jon think that Jon is super well adjusted and makes
ALL the right choices and is always the responsible adult. We (and
Livvy and Jon) forget that Jon is still young and sometimes (not often
but sometimes) his youth does show.
I know many readers have
been unsure of Jon, but this book will make your minds up once and for
all. Jon is a stellar young man, who feels things deeply, and who can
make mistakes. And he recognizes this by the end of the book. We can
only hope that his actions have not broken him and Livvy for ever.
that's the other wonderful part of this book. Yes, Livvy is the one
who did the bad thing at the end of Olivia. Yes it's her actions that
caused this break. But Jon's actions, or reactions, in the end threaten
their happy ever after the most, in my opinion. And even though this
book is from Jon's point of view, through Livvy's letters we see her
struggle with her mistakes, and grow as a person and a young woman
through her efforts to rectify those mistakes. Livvy makes the effort
and we see this clearly through her letters. Jon sulks, mostly, and by
the end of the book I think he comes to the same conclusion the reader
(or at least me) does. Livvy has taken an awful moment and used it to
examine herself as a person and then grow and move on as a better
person. Jon sees this; we see this; and Jon recognizes his own part in
all of this as well.
We also get to see some moments and memories
that we have not been privy to before, in Livvy's life and in Jon's.
And we get to see Jon's family, and how he is with his brothers and with
his mother, which is equal parts adorable and heartbreaking. It's not
all pretty, but it does all reinforce what a wonderful guy Jon is. And
his brother's are going to be just as wonderful because of him.
You cannot miss reading this book if you've read the
first two books of the Choisie series. Dear Jon is an important piece
of the puzzle, and an absolute joy to read.
#teamChex #teamLion #teamJon #teamOtto #teamFollowYourHeart
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