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Alpha Dog

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Seventeen-year old Katie isn’t used to being in control. Her mother drives her crazy with her constant criticism and advice, and her boyfriend of two years just destroyed her whole world by dumping her on her birthday. It’s just as well that Katie’s headed to a summer program at the University of Texas in Austin–at least there, she can get over Chuck at her own pace. But A ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published July 1st 2006)
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Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dog lovers
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
What do you get when you have a misbehaving dog and a girl who needs to take control of her life? Answer: This funny self-discovery story.

It was refreshing to see our protagonist, Katie, not be so put together. A lot of the time we encounter girls with lots of sparkly personality that are thrown some serious problems to get a story, not in this case though. Katie didn't have some serious life altering problem (well I guess that is debatable if you consider your boyfriend dumping you on your bir
Feb 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
A very good read. At first Katie seems to be a push over and that was a bit annoying, but as the book progresses she gets a backbone. The dog is a mess but she loves him anyways. The reason why I like the book so much is because the girl changes for the better because of her dog not because of a guy. It was refreshing I guess.

The book has its funny parts and its touching parts too. I would not restrict this book to only dog lovers.
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone, but especially if you like dogs
Shelves: 2008
For as long as Katie's lived, her mother has been controlling her life. Before Katie heads off to start classes in University for the summer and living away from home with a roommate, her life falls apart. Her boyfriend dumps her on her birthday and her friends are no longer her friends. In a way, getting away from home—and her control freak mother—is a good thing. She'll be able to reinvent herself in a new place. Pretty soon, Katie's doing things without consulting her mother—like adopting a d ...more
Larissa Roland
A very good read, especially for the animal lover inside of us. Jennifer Ziegler brings out the best in the characters in my opinion. If you ever want a story about a dog that doesn't have a chaotic, sad ending; Alpha Dog is what you're looking for! Try it. You won't have any regrets.

I'll be reading this one over and over.
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
another book by jenny ziegler... totally awesome, dude!!!!!
READ IT!!!!!!!!! ps yes, i know sinead, she totally rocks
Sep 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen girls
Alpha Dog by Jennifer Ziegler is a story about a girl named Katie McAllister who goes to Austin for a summer college program. Her boyfriend breaks up with her on her birthday, and she eagerly goes to Austin to get over him. While she's there, she meets her confident, weiner dog-loving roommate Christine and Christine's musician boyfriend Robot, and the guy-next-door Matt. Christine drags her to a shelter so they can get a dog, and Katie ends up falling for a mutt named Seamus (pronounced Shame-u ...more
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
When you know you've found the one, you'll know.

In Alpha Dog, Ziegler writes the story of a 17-year old high school girl, Katie, who is maturing into a confident, independent and responsible adult. The story basically begins with Katie being dumped by her popular boyfriend, Chuck, on her birthday and just before heading off to summer school at a university. Katie, suddenly finds herself, friendless and lonely. (Her boyfriend was dating one of her friends). Anyway, after being dumped, she heads
Dec 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teen girls
Shelves: teen, humor
A funny teen romance with a dopey dog at the center of the story:

17 year old Katie has left home for the first time to attend a pre-college summer at the University of Texas, Austin. Her mom's kind of a control freak so Katie jumps at the chance to move into an apartment with a punky party girl and her loud friends (unbeknownst to mom.)

On a whim, Katie adopts Seamus, a pound pooch with pitiful, pleading brown eyes. Seamus has a tendency chew everything in sight, bark continuously, and scare th
Winnie Key
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alpha Dog: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was such a heart-warming touching story. While I was reading the end, I started to cry. When she didn't have her dog, neither did I, so I got out of bed and searched my house for him. We read the rest of this amazing story together. I love this book so much. It will always be one of my favorites. I'm a dog lover. All my love to all the dogs and people who truly care for their precious companions.

Melanie E. Wallwood
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dog, identity, friends
Amusing and sweet medium-length read!! It's a good length, and I recommend it for pretty much anyone. Brief Summary: Katie, the main character, makes friends and learns to stand up for herself after she buys a dog while at some summer learning classes on her own. Meet Matt, the guy next door (literally), her roommate Christine, and Christine's rock/punk boyfriend Robot. Plus the annoying cat Mrs. B and her owner, the old lady.
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-coming-of-age
I loved this book! It's about a young lady going to summer college classes before her senior year of high school. She is allowed by her overbearing mother to live in an off campus condo with another young lady. They end up going to a shelter to get her roommate a dog and she comes home with one! Let the adventures begin!
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a good book!!! It is a young adult book that I read in the fourth/fifth grade! It is about a girl who is going to college (I think!!!) and finds this really cute dog and adopts it, she couldn't help it!!!! But the dog is crazy and pulls her on walks, barks WAY too much, and eats anything he can get at!!!! How will she manage!!!!!!!!!
Dana Wright
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens
Shelves: teen
I liked this book. It was quirky and made it very clear that owning a dog is a lot of responsibility and not to be taken lightly. With that responsibility comes great rewards. Unconditional love. Dogs are cool.

This was also a learning to stand on your own two feet story. Growing up and dealing with life and learning to make your own choices.

Great book for teens.
Feb 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub
This book was chosen in my book club since the chooser knows the author (local Austin). It was cute and fun but definitely written for teenage (or younger) girls. It's very PG and simply cutesy. I do like the love of the dog and her struggle with taming it. We have a dog, too, and so I understand the struggle of training it. A quick, fun read.
Breanne Mull
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You may think this sounds like a little kid book. But it's not. There is quite a bit of profanity and content. It's absolutely EXCELLENT despite that. There is a lot of romance too. And not little kid romance. I did not want to put this book down. Recommended to people 12+.
Oct 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: peeps
I think that it's a good story about stepping away from people who aiern't right for you. And I think adding a crazy dog in there makes everything even better!!! :)
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it . It was very cute not sure if that is a good way to descibe a book but thats how i felt after reading it
Jessica Hudson
Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it
A great book for animal lovers and about becoming independant. Would have liked to get to know Matt a little more.
Apr 29, 2008 marked it as to-read
this girl is actually based off a friend of mine :]
jessica chen
Oct 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dog lovers
a very touching story about dogs. it made me cry!!! :)
Hana Kim
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
this book is nice... but i think the narrators ex-boyfriend is such a jerk! you do not dump your girlfriend: through the phone, an e-mail, a text, an IM, and even less on her birthday!
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked How Not To Be Popular better, but this was definitely a super duper fun read!! :)

Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It is realy good I can realte to her life with her dog to mine!
Jul 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
A must-read for animal lovers!
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Cute story about self discovery amidst a lunatic dog, a punk rock band, a moody roommate and a controlling mother. Not to mention the cute boy across the hall. Very fun.
Jun 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Eh. It was okay. Nothing I would ever read again. It was a good story though.
Mr. Pe Mr. Pe
this book is great i recommend this to everyone
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this is a totally AWESOME book i insist all girls should read it. it's funny, smart with a twist of the truth. five stars.
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