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Pug Hill

3.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  779 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
For Hope McNeill, pugs are love, unconditional friendship, happiness, and freedom. She doesn't have one of her own (busy life, tiny apartment), but she does have Pug Hill in Central Park, where pugs (and their owners) from all over New York convene. She also has a crush on one of her co-workers, a flailing romantic relationship, and an unspeakable fear of public speaking. ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Berkley Books
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Megan Lynch
Feb 03, 2008 Megan Lynch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People on planes.
The best thing about this book is the cover.
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First off I must admit I even got to page 200 of this book because I found the writing style to be very annoying.

The characters were flat in prrsonalities & the story line was not interesting. But I give it 2 stars because the book somehow managed to keep me reading for 200 pages......
Jul 13, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog lovers and neurotics
Recommended to Rebecca by: Pugs
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I thought this book would be a good "light" diversionary read form some nonfiction books I've been reading. Little did I suspect that some of what was in those books would turn up in this! I've been trying to build a practice of meditation and mindfulness, and at least two of the techniques for restorative breathing show up in Pug Hill as relaxation techniques, taught in Hope's public speaking class! Synchronicity, huh? Anyhow, the novel, which true to my original thoughts, was of the lighter va ...more
Nov 17, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
In May, I read A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace and adored it. Recently, I was given the opportunity to see where the story all began when I received a copy of Pug Hill (now available in paperback) for review.

With a relationship that makes her unhappy and a crush on an unavailable co-worker that makes her feel silly, Hope McNeill doesn't have the best luck in the romance department. Her apartment is too small to get the dog she wants. And though she works the coolest job -- she restores paintings at
Nov 27, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pugs
I read this book at least four years ago. I bought it on a whim because of the title and the horribly photoshopped pugs on the cover. I thought I could get through the chick-lit writing and enjoy a silly story about a girl who wants a pug.

Ultimately I could finish it, but it was excruciating. Even pugs couldn't get me through this. I love a pug (and sometimes I was absolutely in agreement with the protagonist on some life issues), but it was just very...meh. I would have liked some more depth. J
Dec 14, 2011 Erica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Beneath the wonderful dog scenes, and hilarious public speaking scenes, I was disappointed that it was ultimately another "Girl is unhappy until she finds a man" story.
The Rainbow Zebra
Sep 07, 2010 The Rainbow Zebra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pug lovers, women, chick-lit lovers
Recommended to The Rainbow Zebra by: my love for pugs
I, like the main character of "Pug Hill" not only adore pugs, but want one for my own. I will own one someday, hopefully soon, but until then, I found myself living vicariously though Alison Pace's humorous romance.

Told by Hope McAlister, she is faced with a terror-inducing task--giving a speech at her parents' 40th anniversary party. Her life has been shaped by her fear of public speaking so although she hesitantly agrees, her world is thrown upsidedown. The remedy--a class for overcoming speec
Alannah Davis
Oct 15, 2012 Alannah Davis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I forced myself to read this to the end of Chapter 1, in desperate hope that I had not wasted $7.99 of my hard-earned money. First, I discovered that this book is written in present tense, a style I despise. Still, if the story and characters are good, I can forget my distaste of present tense as I become absorbed in the story. No such luck here. The characters and dialogue are insipid, the story just plain silly. Hope is horrified because her dad has asked her to make a 40th anniversary speech ...more
Oct 30, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple of years ago I read my first Alison Pace novel, City Dog. I really enjoyed it – it’s so rare to read a novel that’s almost exclusively about dogs. However that is Pace’s forte – if you’re looking for anyone who writes about dogs so well then Pace is your girl. And I’m saying that having only read two of her novels. So, high praise indeed. Pug Hill is one of Alison’s earlier novels but since it’s a) coming out in November in mass-market paperback and b) it had a sequel released earlier t ...more
Jul 04, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If only life were as simple as a bench in Central Park surrounded by the most adorable dogs on earth. At least that’s what Hope McNeill wishes for, a life with no cares except which of her favorite pugs will make an appearance at Pug Hill. When she’s there her troubles slip from her mind with ease; no worrying about a lingering relationship that just doesn’t seem to be working, no pesky crush on a co-worker and most importantly no speech to give at her parents upcoming anniversary party. Through ...more
Dec 17, 2011 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even as Holly Golightly's special place was Tiffany's, Hope McNeill's is definitely Pug Hill.

Before we get very far into this story, we learn how much Hope loves pugs—and the pugs that congregate on their own special place in Central Park.

Hope is an art restorer at the New York, of course; she is also a thirty-something single who is in a not-very-satisfying relationship with Evan at the beginning of this story. We also learn early on that Hope's older sister Darcy is the "pretty one,"
Casee Marie
Dec 01, 2011 Casee Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, reviewed
Pug Hill follows Hope McNeil through the intensely relatable trials and tribulations of her life as a paintings restorer at the Met, as a newly-single singleton, as a girl struggling for confidence in a sometimes all-too-confident world and as the only person to regularly visit Central Park’s Pug Hill without, unfortunately, a pug of her own. Hope declares that Pug Hill, the hotbed of all pug adventures in the city, is to her what Tiffany's is to Holly Golightly. It’s her happy, blissful place w ...more
Mar 12, 2010 Suzanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While I can't say it's the best piece of literature I've ever read, it was highly entertaining. I received this book as a gift from a friend of mine. When I first read the cover, I thought, "Oh, no." It looked like it would be either A) a book form "chic flick", or B) a silly book about dogs. I was pleasantly surprised that neither was true.

Okay, I give that this is a book that probably appeals more to dog people than those who aren't so fond of man's best friend.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I had heard about this book but only recently purchased a copy to read. Silly me, as this was a delightfully, heart touching journey through the eyes of a young, well educated, woman in her early 30's.

The story spans the period of a few months prior her parent's fortieth wedding Anniversary, for which Hope McNeill, the youngest daughter, is asked to 'give a speech.' The issue is that Hope has a fear that approaches a terror...public speaking. It began in 10th grade English class and has blossom
Bethany Andrews
I'll admit, I was excited to receive this book from fellow myspace user, Alison Pace..I'm an animal nut, so any book with a bunch of pugs on the cover will get my attention right off the bat.

That being said, this book got my attention and kept it the entire way through. I adored it. The novel centers around Hope McNeil, a young single woman in NYC who has a lot of fears in life including public speaking. Throughout the novel, we watch Hope grow as a person and slowly find the courage to face her
Sarah Sammis
My across-the-street neighbors had a bunch of pugs when I was a kid. They were the sweetest, nicest dogs. Because of them, I have a soft spot for pugs. I had to therefore give Pug Hill by Alison Pace a read.

By all accounts, I should have enjoyed Pug Hill. It takes place in New York City, it has pugs, heroine Hope McNeil works as an art restorer and yet none of these individually entertaining elements is enough to carry the story.

Hope McNeil's parents are coming up on their 40th wedding anniversa
Mar 04, 2009 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I wish we could give half-stars here - I'd really like to give this 3.5 stars. But I'm rounding up, giving the benefit of the doubt. This is a pretty standard chick lit novel, with a cute angle about the heroine's love of dogs (pugs in particular). She's infatuated with a co-worker who's unavailable, she and her boyfriend break up, she's terrified of public speaking but just promised to give a speech at her parents' 40th wedding anniversary party, her sister gets all of the attention, etc. Nothi ...more
Intentional Jen
Sep 02, 2007 Intentional Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am completely enamored with this novel. An avid pug owner and lover, I spotted this book at Target. The cover alone displays a cityscape with tons of pugs congregating atop a hill. I knew that I just had to have it!

Although, Hope uses Pug hill in New York City as a reprieve from her daily life, Pugs do not really take the center stage in this novel. Instead, Hope takes the center stage with her boyfriend dramas, fear of public speaking, and general angst at finding a suitable life partner.

I re
 Gigi Ann
I am a dog/cat/animal lover and the first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. It looked like a fun book to read. I liked this book, but wouldn't go so far as to say it will become a classic. But it was a very good light read. I was looking for a cute quirky, light read, and found this was the book for me.

I thought it was going to be a book all about pugs, it wasn't, but the love of pugs shines through, making it a charming story that goes into nice detail about the way dogs of all kin
Kat Walter
Mostly a boring read, but you have to love the haiku recited in a class for public speaking anxiety:
" I am a hot, dark
Vagina and the world is
My yeast infection"
I had a good laugh at that one!
Mary Kinietz
Chick-lit fun! Art restoration specialist at MET likes to watch pugs on "pug hill" in Central Park. Of course, she ends up wih the man - and pug - of her dreams.
Barbra Bowers
It wasn't great, but it wasn't awful. I was reading another book at the same time because this one did not have me hooked.
Dec 18, 2014 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was cute and sometimes dragged, but overall enjoyable. I really liked Hope, and I laughed out loud quite a bit. The most annoying thing was the lack of proofreading. Spelling typos (vertainly!?), something is "it in", and other errors like that.
Jan 03, 2013 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

2.5 out of 5 rating

Yes, I have to admit that the puppies on the cover drew me in. I love dogs so I couldn't wait to read this book. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

Often times, I'll feel sympathetic for a character which usually makes me like them more. But in this story, I just felt that Hope was pitiful. I never really liked her. It might sound mean, but I found myself thinking that she was pathetic. And that doesn't really make me want to root for her.

The very end was nice and happy and you
To be fair, I barely made it through the first few chapters. Thus, I won't be rating. However, I did give up on the book - pretty quickly - because it was pretty bad. I liked some of the writing and the author's humor, but I couldn't imagine spending any more time reading about this protagonist's problems. Her biggest issue seemed to be that her dad wanted her to do a speech. She doesn't like public speaking. Ok that's fine. So... Yeah. That's all that happened for several chapters. Not interest ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book because it had cute pugs in NYC on the cover. I could barely finish it.
Easy, quick, cute read. Not too heavy. The ending made up to any dull moments.
Jul 28, 2012 Ruhegeist rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read the first 1/3 of the book and after getting no where in the stream of conscience, bad sentence structure and weird punctuation I skipped to the end. Thankfully (obviously) it seems the character grew up a bit and may find happiness. I wanted to like the book but the way it was written just got to be too much. I would recommend it to those who enjoy reading what is more like the internal conversations etc that rattle around in our brains and to those who have the patience to wait and read ...more
Kristin Dow
Mediocre. Couldn't get involved in the story or characters.
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I'm the author of the novels If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend, Pug Hill, Through Thick and Thin, City Dog and A Pug's Tale . My essays have been included in several anthologies including Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit.

My memoir, You Tell Your Dog First, just came out.

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“All I have to do is just look into a dog’s eyes. The eyes of a Saint Bernard, an English mastiff, a shar-pei, a Jack Russell terrier, a French bulldog, a corgi, a pug. A lot of the time I think all you have to do is look into any dog’s eyes, and there’ll you’ll find honesty; there, I think so much of the time, you’ll find the truth.” 0 likes
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