Marley and Me – John Grogan

This review is a piece of cake. If you love animals, dogs in particular, then you will LOVE this book. Since this is a very popular book, I’m guessing most people already know what it’s about. But if you don’t, here goes. A young couple get themselves a puppy, their thinking is that it will help them to prepare for parenthood with a living creature slightly less demanding than a child. No such luck – they’ve picked themselves the craziest dog you could ever wish to meet. Marley is free-spirited, energetic, neurotic and not great at following instructions. He gets into constant scrapes and always seems to be getting told off for something. But what makes him so special is that whatever he does is just in play – he doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in his body and loves his owners deeply.

The book basically tells the tale of the madcap things Marley gets up to, which don’t seem to decrease even as he exits puppyhood. When John and Jenny decide to start a family, they worry about how Marley will react. They needn’t have worried. Marley is like having a bodyguard for their baby. The story progresses, telling us all about Marley and his doting family. The focus is always on the dog which makes it all the more touching as you can really empathise with the author’s words.

There’s not much else I can say without telling you too much. The book is fabulously written – for saying it’s all true it had me as engrossed as any novel would have done. I have never laughed so much at a book. If you’re a dog lover chances are you’ll want to reach into the pages and grab Marley for yourself. Make do with second best and grab this book.

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