First of all, I'd like to thank Di Herald and the kids who keep the Bistro Book Club in Grand Junction going throughout the summer.
For those of you who are not librarians or deeply involved in the world of books and publication, there are these AWESOME things called Advanced Reading Copies ( ARCs) or Advanced Reading Editions (AREs). Often times publishers will send out ARCs to booksellers, reviewers, etc. That's how those great reviews like "Thrilling!" end up on the jackets. Anyway, because our local book club is under the umbrella that allows students to vote on the Teen's Top Ten finalists, we get lots and lots of ARCs. And it's because of all these ARCs that the treasure that is A Dog's Purpose ended up in my hands.
A Dog's Purpose is the story that follows one dog throughout his lives. Yes, that's right, lives. After his first life is cut short, he comes back again as another puppy. And throughout the story, he tries very hard to figure out what his purpose is. As he lives his various lives, he strives to be a 'good dog', and he also realizes that his purpose is much more complex than he thought. The book is laugh-out-loud funny and a complete tear-jerker. I will never look at a dog the same, and even today, when I was walking my cute doggies at the park, I couldn't help but wonder, "is that W. Bruce Cameron on to something?"
The themes in the book are seamlessly interwoven with the simple yet engaging and intriguing storyline. I got so caught up in Bailey's thoughts and experiences I couldn't stop reading. While reading the book, I'd stop every 45 minutes or so and just get down on the floor and play with my dogs. I had no idea it would end the way it did (don't worry, no spoiler alert here), and I am so glad it did.
To say that I highly recommend this book is an understatement. I adored this book and recommend it to anyone who has ever loved a dog.
It will be available for purchase on July 6th. You can buy advanced copies, and on the website A Dog's Purpose, there is an opportunity to donate 10% of the cover price to animal charities all over the country.
And just because I can and they're cute: here are my doggies ready for a hike: