This is a love story about a guy who fell in love with a girl. He lives with his father who is in question has a mental illness, who he dose not understand. He leads a life of rebellion and soon realizes that there is more to life, so he joins the army. While home on leave he meets a girl and falls in love with her. In this book their relationship goes through a lot of hardship because he is still in the army and she is at home always waiting for him to come home. I thought that this book was pretty good. I did not like the movie. I felt that the carters in the movie did not match the ones as good in the book. Just read the book you will not miss anything if you do not see the movie.