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The Story of Us by Deb Caletti
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Dec 27, 12

it was ok
bookshelves: 2012, young-adult
Read from June 19 to 25, 2012

The biggest problem with this book was that it wasn't one story so much as a series of vignettes. Everything that was important was told to us and chopped up by the letters, the biggest cause of the choppiness. So much of what Cricket was engaged in was stuff we never got to see. Jannsen was a HUGE part of this book, and yet we saw him for five seconds and Cricket's letters to him felt like 90% facts about dogs. It was disappointing, and so was her deal with Ash. For all her judginess about Gavin and Hailey, Ash was the same thing and...meh. I think had we seen more of Jannsen (I'm not sure I'm spelling his name right, but I hope so), I'd have enjoyed this book a lot more and the ending would have felt more satisfying.

Also, I love dogs. I have a blue heeler we rescued and her name is Mellie and she is currently taking up 2/3 of the 1/3 of the bed allotted to me and I'm not complaining. Because I love my dog. But this book seemed some times to go over the top with the focus on the dog. I know Deb Caletti's family recently lost their beloved pooch and I'm sure this was cathartic to write, but it detracted from the story. A dog is a member of the family, it's true, but she didn't make for a particularly good (or even existent) plot.

Overall, I was disappointed. This is one I'd like to see rewritten to take away the letters and add some plot points because the heart of the story was there, but it had nothing to pump the blood to.
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Reading Progress

06/19 page 39
10.0% "This is my current ebook and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I'm only 40 pages in, but there's a lot of exposition even for a book's introduction (Especially considering the first line dumps you right into the action)."
06/25 page 74
19.0% "This book should have been called The Story of My Dog."
02/23 marked as: read
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Patricia Chua i totally agree with you

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