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My Boyfriends' Dogs

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If only boys were more like dogs.

On a stormy night in St. Louis, Bailey Daley finds refuge in an after-hours diner. Bailey, a girl with three dogs in tow, wearing a soaking-wet prom dress, obviously has a story to tell. See, she wants what every girl wants from her boyfriend: enthusiasm, loyalty, and unconditional love. And Bailey is always falling in love - with boys, and
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Published February 17th 2011 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published January 12th 2010)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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I absolutely loved this book. It made me smile and it has a very good message for young girls.

I read this book because it was about dogs. Usually, I don't like animal books, but this one isn't an "animal" story. MY BOYFRIENDS' DOGS is about growing up and remembering to be yourself. It states that you don't have to be a perfect girlfriend. You can't lose yourself to please a guy.

The heroine of this story is Bailey Daley. When we first meet her she i
Bailey Daley attracts dogs to her. She trips over a white terrier named Adam and then meets his owner, Went Smith. She considers him her boyfriend but he seems to flirt with every girl he meets. Right before she is ready to give into him so he will want only her she sees that he is not the one type of woman. She loses Went but gains Adam. She is telling her story in Louie's of St Louis where she went to get out of the rain. She is in a prom dress with her hair up and has her 3 dogs. Her story is ...more
May 05, 2015 Kristina marked it as couldnt-finish  ·  review of another edition
This book had an interesting premise but it was terrible. The book is split into three stories and I couldn't even finish the first one. I flipped ahead to see what the outcome was and just couldn't keep going. If felt like a really preachy, vapid way to tell girls not to have sex before marriage. The female protaganist's first real boyfriend is having sex with another girl the whole time they are dating and the conclusion she comes to is not to be outraged and dump his ass, but to hold on to hi ...more
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Karen Keyte
Just before midnight, during one of the worst thunderstorms of the season, Bailey Daley knocked on the door of the just-closed Louie of St. Louie's Diner. Soaking wet from head to toe, dressed in a designer original prom dress and leading three dogs on leashes, Bailey obviously has a story.

Over the long hours of the night that follows, Bailey tells Louie, his cook Rune and his regular customer Colt about her three great loves, the three dogs she got from them and how her mistakes in romance have
This was a pretty cute, innocent romance. The main reason I didn't love it is because it got pretty close to the edge of didactic and that's just not my cup of tea. It also portrays teens stereotypically (main character must lose 10 pounds to fit into prom dress! Or else!). Well now that I think of it almost all of the people in the book are stereotyped to some level like the snooty rich country club mom. But I did actually enjoy reading it and I liked some of the characters. I just thought ther ...more
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Fun, quick read that has a sweet ending and some solid laughs. Less focus on finding the perfect man and more about finding the perfect imperfect man for you. Sort of.
Elena Humpert
What a cute book! I'm a college student and am always bogged down with school work and work-work. I love having a fluff-book to enjoy for leisure reading—something light, cute, and captivating.

Bailey Daley is the girl who does a better job attracting dogs than boyfriends. We enter the story as she finds shelter from the rain in a small cafe. Her entrance is quite a sight to Louie,—the kind cafe owner— Rune,—an "identity-crisis" employee— and Colt, a loyal customer. Not only is she dressed in a b
Adrianne Snyder
This is a very good book that really keeps your attention. I loved it because it was very comical yet sometimes serious. acualy my mom got it at a thrift store and thought I would like it. I loved it! its about a girl, Bailey, who tells the whole story in past tense but like its actually happening! she meets 3 guys. each having a dog. when she breaks up with the guy she ends up with the guys dog. its a very interesting book and there is always plenty of humor and excitement! Great for any dog or ...more
 Gigi Ann
If only boys were more like dogs.

On a stormy night in St. Louis, Bailey Daley finds refuge in an after-hours diner. Bailey, a girl with three dogs in tow, wearing a soaking-wet prom dress, obviously has a story to tell. See, she wants what every girl wants from her boyfriend: enthusiasm, loyalty, and unconditional love. And Bailey is always falling in love - with boys, and with their dogs. And each of her dogs came from a relationship that didn't quite work out. But don't worry: in this fun, cle
My Boyfriends’ Dogs relives the experience of first love three times. I know, I know, with your first love it can only happen once, but with Bailey it’s an exception. See the first was just for practice, the second was a case of mistaken identity, and the third was a fluke. What these three boyfriends had in common was the extreme high Bailey felt and the adorable dogs that own.

With My Boyfriends’ Dogs I expected a very cute, highly dramatizes, sqee-y book, but it had a much different approach.
Princess Bookie
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My Thoughts: This is one of the cutest books I've ever read. First off, I'll start by saying I'm not a huge fan of books that go back and forth between characters (alternating viewpoints) or books that take place going back and fourth between past and present. This book jumped back and fourth between the past and present! It totally worked in this book! It made it what it was. We meet Bailey who shows up at a cafe in the middle of the night. 3 mean are t
Sammy L
"My Boyfriends' Dogs," by Dandi Daley Mackall starts out with a high-schooler named Bailey who arrives at a diner on a stormy night, soaking and in a prom dress. She also has three dogs with her. The owner of the diner, intrigued, can't help but ask what her story is. She says it is a long story, but he insists that he hear it, saying that he'll be there all night. So she begins her tale of how she got the dogs from three different boyfriends. Throughout her search for the perfect boyfriend, she ...more
Angela Wragg
The title of the book that I read was My Boyfriends' Dogs. The author is Dandi Daley Mackall. I would say the genre of the book would be mostly romance. In the book we follow Bailey as she falls in love for the first, second, and third time. In the process she gets three dogs named Adam, Eve, and Shirley.

This is a fiction book. There are many main characters. Some of the main characters are Bailey, Amber, Went, Mitch, and Eric. I think that the plot of the story is all about growing up and reme
This story started out pretty good. The dynamics between characters was fairly sharp and I enjoyed the relationships between Bailey, Amber, Went and Big D. The budding relationship between Went and Bailey was cringe-worthy but accurate and I felt myself back in high school, holding onto that boy who never felt for me the way I felt for him. Ah, the memories! I understood Bailey's motivations and need to mould herself into "perfect girlfriend material". I think we've all been there.

What irked me
Being the teenage girl I am, I'm always down for a chick lit, and this novel was definitely an enjoyable one. The book's plot and content were great, making it a fast read. I caught myself taken aback several times when each of the three boyfriends would do something out of the ordinary (especially Went). During the course of the novel, you can see how Bailey adapts as a girlfriend -- each boyfriend she was committed to took a tole on her differently. In the end, she realized what she deserved a ...more
Minty McBunny
This book is completely adorable, as close to a perfect YA romance as I've read. It was sweet and sassy, a little bit idealistic and a whole lot lovable. It has a gently written but solid and worthwhile message for teen girls. I absolutely want my daughter to read this when she's old enough.
Helen Slivinski
I LOVED IT- so real and yet so charmingly dreamy, you watch her grow into a women. She touches others in a way beyond what you would expect, and the intricate stories keep you hooked and cheering for her from page 1!
Just - The romance reader
I'm a sucker for a good story involving a dog, and My Boyfriends' Dogs just happens to involve a girl and her 3 adopted dogs.

The story finds cute, quirky, and hopelessly romantic Bailey Daley having just escaped a rainstorm by taking shelter in a St. Louis diner late on the night of her senior prom. Bailey and her 3 dogs, Adam, Eve, and Shirley take us and the other diner patrons through the journey of Bailey's past relationship, and how she came to be sitting in the diner on the night of her p
This YA fiction title is a twist on the classic girl meets boy, girl loses boy, but keeps his dog, story line. Set in a cafe in St. Louis, Mackall's story about a young woman who has only so-so luck holding onto boyfriends, but not their dogs, is lighthearted with a kind of happy ending. I loved that it was set in St. Louis, somehow it makes it seem just a little more real, when you've been to the St. Louis and Missouri landmarks that are mentioned in the book.

It's a nice break from the myriad d
This was not my favorite book in the world, but it kept my attention. I found it very interesting. The first story in the story was okay, it was nothing great and it almost made me want to put the book down. Almost.
The second story got a little better. Then third story was probably the best out of all of them, but it still wasn't great.
One thing that I noticed durring the whole book was that Bailey came across as overly boy crazy. However, I liked how she had decided to stay pure untill she wa
Characters: Bailey Daley, Travis, Evan, Eric

Themes: Appearance v. Reality, Love and Relationships
this is a really fun one, and it totally needs to be made into a movie. it's the most cinematic book i've read in a long time. and it started right in the middle of the action in a compelling, not confusing way. girl storms into a closing cafe in st.louis in the middle of a thunderstorm soaked to the skin in a very fancy prom dress with three dogs whom she says are not hers, but her boyfriends dogs. isn't that a great setup? doesn't it make you want to interlibraryloan this book? i did. i'm not ...more
Emma Xoxo
This book was romantic, yet heart wrenching at the same time.I love how her relationships are, and her relationships with the dogs. But they all end up .... broken. Leaving her "seeing." Maybe it was better for her each time, maybe it wasn't. In my head, it was a little more on the better side. A pun that I noticed in maybe my 3rd day reading this, is that the main character's name is Bailey Daley. Then I read the author's name and realized: Dandi DALEY Mackall. HA! Oh gosh... I liked this book. ...more
Being a dog person myself, i fell in love with this book. It was too cute.

What i loved abt the book was the message it was conveying, dont change yourself for a guy. Someone will fall in love you because of your quirks. I am very happy with the ending cause all of her ex-boyfriends were horrible, but then they helped her in finding herself. I think the most decent one was Eric. I loved his sister, Roni tho :)

Anyway it was a great book and a quick read.
I liked the idea of this book because its so different. It's a story of stories, from a teen girls perspective. It's definitely chik-lit and definitely has the tone of a young girl. The whole, having three dogs from three boyfriends when you're just in high school is a bit far fetched. But it's suppose to make the book more cute. So it's kind of forgivable. It has a rather cute ending, I did skim some, and mostly read the good parts.
The main reason I read this book is because of Goofy. The book is well written and has an interesting story line, but the fact that the main character obsesses over finding the perfect boyfriend is slightly annoying. She has finding a perfect boyfriend higher on her list of priorities than college. Other than that, this is a sweet, adventurous story about how one girl ended up owning three unique dogs.
The general idea of this book was so cute. Even though it wasn't the most well written book, the author kept you from the beginning wanting to know how the story turned out. I think the characters are a bit stereotypical but easily understood to the reader. I recommend this book to anyone who wants and fun and quirky teen romance book that keeps a girls true values and thoughts in mind.
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A professional writer for over 20 years, Dandi Daley Mackall has written dozens of articles for popular magazines and published around 400 books for children and adults alike, with sales of over 4 million.
A frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, she lives in rural Ohio with her husband, three children, horses, dogs, & cats.
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