Jun 23, 08
dog lovers, anyone looking for something a little different
Read in June, 2008
What I loved:
1. Enzo is the coolest. dog. ever. And that includes my dog, who happens to be pretty hip. He's caring, he's funny. I love it.
2. The way Enzo narrates is awesome. I have a feeling that if dogs - smart dogs, who are about to come back as men - could talk, this is what they would sound like.
3. I plowed through this book because I was utterly unable to put it down. It isn't so much that I wanted to find out what happened next in the plot; I wanted to find out what Enzo had to say and what happened to the characters.
4. Even though it's clear from the first chapter what will happen at the end, the last 20 pages made me cry great, shuddering sobs. My dog came over to make sure I was okay. I told you he was hip.
What I didn't love:
1. The language was a little too flowery and contrived at times. Not always, but there were definitely times when I felt like the author was reaching.
2. I agree with Erin that not all of the characters were very well developed. Denny was, as was Enzo (generally) and Luca (who we don't meet until the end). But with the others, there was no real motivation for much of their actions. There was too much telling on the part of the author, and not enough showing.
3. Along those same lines, some of the plot was the same way. The end felt a bit contrived.
I haven't decided yet whether I will read anything else by this author. But all things considered, I loved this book. Read it. Read it now!