Sunday, November 06, 2011

Book Review: Marley & Me by John Grogan

Marley & Me: Love and Life with the World's Worst DogMarley & Me: Love and Life with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I do reviews according to how I "feel" about a book, not necessarily the "what happens" since I don't like to be a spoiler. I read this book on the recommendation of my daughter and she was right. I liked it much more than I anticipated. I related immediately to the author's being taken with Marley even though he was a mess from the minute go. Our dog Laydi has recently passed and during that experience I thought back to reading Marley & Me. No matter how disrupting and expensive Marley was or came to be, love was never lost. I'd cried my eyes dry and they'd just fill up again, not because it was bad but just the opposite. John Grogan tunes directly into the love/laughter/joy/pain that every dog person feels and pulls you right along with him. I thought of Marley's story  because I realized not only did I love our Laydi much more than I thought I would (we got her for our kids), but she was MY dog in a way I hadn't thought possible (I was a cat person). She claimed me. I was her mom and she let me know it(Pause to wipe eyes dry). In this book Marley's sloppy drool, Marley's fear of storms, Marley's great big presence came across clear, simple and lovely for all to see. Thank you John Grogan, from a fellow dog lover, for sharing Marley with us.

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