For those of you who may know me on a personal level, you know that I love dogs. And that’s no exaggeration. Growing up as a child, I begged and whined for years for a puppy of my own and it wasn’t until I was ten that my wish was granted. But as it turned out, my oldest sister is deadly allergic, so gone was that puppy. Then, as I longed and waited for my sister to leave off to college, my family discovered that my nine year old sister is also allergic. They really weren’t joking when they said the middle kid has it bad. But that didn’t stop me from living through my friends and finding any excuse I could to be around those fur balls! My mother came back from one of her frequent business trips and like always, brought us home each a gift. And that was when I fell in love with A Dog’s Journey by Bruce Cameron.

In the beginning of May, I began reading Looking for Alaska to follow up after reading the fabulous The Fault in Our Stars. But with a gift like A Dog’s Journey, how could I not start reading it? Just look at the cover! This book is a sequel to A Dog’s Purpose. In the eighth grade it was mandatory to read A Dog’s Purpose for one of my classes and I guess you can say that’s when it all started.  It was about a puppy that was constantly being reborn into new families after passing with the old ones. He believes that once he finds his purpose, he will no longer need to be reborn. In the end, he grows old with his owner Ethan, as a golden retriever named Buddy. Buddy is content because he has fulfilled his purpose of making Ethan happy up until his death. But of course, A Dog’s Journey picks up right where A Dog’s Purpose leaves off. Buddy is living with Hannah, Ethan’s wife, and their daughter-in-law, Gloria, and her child Clarity. Buddy acts like a protector for Clarity because, of course, it is what Ethan would have wanted. As the pages go on, Buddy develops cancer and as Hannah struggles to let go, Buddy has no worries. He is certain that he’s made his boy happy and proud. Little did he know, he hasn’t seen the last of Clarity just yet.

Now don’t let the similar titles get you frazzled. This book is simply magnificent and can stand on its own. Although, I strongly recommend you read A Dog’s Purpose because it is just too good to pass up. This book had the power to make me laugh and cry all in one chapter. Since this book is written from the point of view of a dog, it’s hard to contain a chuckle here and there. Cameron writes, “I didn’t understand anything she was saying, but the feeling flowing off of her was as if she felt like a bad dog.” This sentence can perfectly sum up the book. Of course, dogs are not mind readers, but they can pick up on emotions and try their best to decode them. It’s definitely something new and interesting to read a book from this point of view, but it did not disappoint. In my entire reading career, I’ve never read a book so quickly.

As the year winds down, it is crazy thinking that this will be my last book blog post of the year. But I’m more than happy that I wrote it on this book. It’s not often that I re-read books, but in this case, I might just do it over the summer. I love everything about these books. So Bruce Cameron, if you are out there somewhere reading this, please write another book! And to my readers: if you read either of these books, what do you think of them? Did you find them as humorous as I did? Have you ever wanted something that you know you can never have? Comment anything your heart desires below!

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Comment by Bianca Reyes on May 30, 2013 at 7:12pm

Gina,

It really is a plot twist when picking up A Dog's Journey and picking up right where you left on! I really hope you get around to reading it!

Patrick,

Well thank you! I hope so too! Hahaha Well if you do get around to reading the first one, I hope you like it! Thanks for commenting!

Comment by Bianca Reyes on May 30, 2013 at 7:15pm

Rebecca,

Thanks so much for the positive feedback! And don't worry, I'm definitely a cry baby! Thanks for the comment!

Sarah and Kate,

I really hope you guys do read these over the summer! You won't regret it!

Comment by Bianca Reyes on May 30, 2013 at 7:26pm

Oh, Robby Robby Robby.

This is the consequences you get for unfollowing me in the first place! I think I'll leave it pending for awhile! Hahaha BUT thanks for the comment and you should really read the book!

Comment by Katelyn Escobar on May 30, 2013 at 8:01pm

Awesome blog Bianca! (: I am also a huge dog lover and this book sounds really good. I'm interested in reading it because it's from a dog's perspective! It sounds very funny!

Comment by Mark Hauer on May 30, 2013 at 9:55pm

Nice blog Bianca, I would find it really interesting to read a book from the point of view of a dog. The plot seems like it would make you want to read more and more, considering the author tried their best to make the perspective different than that of a normal book.

Comment by Hyoin Sung on May 30, 2013 at 10:27pm

Who wouldn't love a book about dogs? This book sounds so adorable! I'll try this book maybe in the near future. Nice post!

Comment by Alexandria Pagones on May 31, 2013 at 12:10am

Like you, I have desperately wanted a dog for as long as I remember, but my mom is allergic, so that wish NEVER came true. :( I've heard of these books and wanted to read them, but forgot about them.  So thanks for reminding me of them, I will definitly make time to read them this summer.

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