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Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen
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Feb 19, 2012

really liked it
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This book talks about a loner named Finn who is brought out of his shell through his friend Matthew, his dog Dylan, and most especially, his neighbor named Johanna. Johanna forces Finn to get outside and work in a garden, befriends him, helps him learn how to talk to girls, and helps him to become a part of the community. At the beginning of the summer, Finn was going to try to talk to as few people as possible, which is thrown out the window when he finds out that Johanna has breast cancer and is trying to raise money to run in a race. He and Matthew begin a fund raiser to get enough money for Johanna, throwing them in the paths of people Finn would have never talked to. Johanna also teaches Finn how to love and how to take care of the people he loves. When she is suffering from her chemo treatments and is too sick to care for herself, Finn and Matthew work together to help care for her.

This is a very short book for the amount of topics it brings up, and the amount of ideas it inspires. It gives a lot of room for ideas and conversation.

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