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Waiting For Doggo

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,016 ratings  ·  210 reviews
No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Headline (first published November 20th 2014)
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Mar 17, 2016 marked it as lost-interest
I can't be the only one who thought that somehow, it would be a retelling of Waiting for Godot. Nope. Not at all. Oops.
Zoe Hall
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
I lapped (see what I did there?) this book up in one whole day. Gorgeously written and a well rounded narrative. A fantastic read especially when you’re looking for something to warm your heart and snuggle up to drink tea with. Unique, witty and life-affirming. I love this book!
Katharine
This book has caused me something of a problem to review. I really enjoyed it, but at the same time it’s not very good. And it’s difficult to give a bad review to a book that is just so nice.

Waiting for Doggo is a story about a man who has just been dumped by his girlfriend, and is left to look after her recently adopted and very ugly dog. In the course of the novel, Mark lands his dream job, meets a new girl, deals with some family issues and generally starts his life over with the help of Dogg
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Leah
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE DOGGO!

This book is amazing. There wasn't a single thing that I didn't like about it. Not one single thing. It's perfection. Waiting for Doggo is a book that's dominated social media these past few months and I can completely understand why. It's flawless, it's endearing, it plays on your heart strings, it warms your soul and if you weren't a dog lover prior to reading this, you're guaranteed to be by the end. This is a case of knowing that you should wait a little while longer before publ
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Margaret Madden
Thanks to Bookbridgr.com for the review copy of this title.....

Daniel is the recipient of a goodbye note from his girlfriend of four years, Clara. Not only has she dumped him, without warning, but she has also left her rescue dog, Doggo, behind. Daniel and Doggo are by no means best mates. Actually, they are pretty much ignoring each other. Doggo is a mutt, described by many as one of the ugliest dogs they have ever seen. Daniel is, however, glad of the company, as the departure of Clara means m
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Christine
This is one of those books that I had heard masses about on twitter. I am always interested in a light fun quirky read. A comedy about a dog sounded just my cup of tea.

Unfortunately this was not really about a dog and we don't even get the dog's perspective on things. Shocking, I know!

The story is about a rather obnoxious advertising executive who lives in London and is dumped by his girlfriend. I couldn't warm to Dan at all and his ex-girlfriend was equally irritating. He is the sort of man th
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Sarah Churchill
A fun, easy and enjoyable read about a guy called Dan and his dog Doggo, which he's reluctantly lumbered with after his girlfriend runs away to New Zealand (without telling him).

It has a rom-com feel about it, which isn't my usual bag, but nevertheless I enjoyed it. I think it has to do with the other aspect of Dan's life - his work in an ad agency. The thing is, I've been in creative departments like that, with the pool table 'because it helps with creativity, boss' and not-so-healthy rivalrie
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Book Addict Shaun
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Headline have had some fantastic publicity campaigns this year and one of the best has been for Waiting for Doggo. This book has been all over Twitter for months, everyone is talking about it and Doggo even has his own account! I was very excited then when I was one of the lucky few to receive a limited edition bookbridgr proof copy and I couldn't wait to read it. It's only a short read which didn't take me too long to read which is a shame because I could have read about Doggo for much longer.

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Sophie
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it

Posted in full http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2015...

Sequel please.

Waiting for Doggo is one of those books I’ve never stopped hearing good things about – so I was looking forward to meeting Doggo myself and seeing what all the fuss was about. Unlike what I had been expecting, the story focuses more on the life of Doggo’s owner, Daniel, rather than Doggo himself but that wasn’t a bad thing for me, I enjoyed seeing Daniel’s character grow and his feelings on the scruffy, unattractive dog he ha
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Maya Panika
I was fooled. Lured in by the witty title and the oh-so cute picture of a wee doggie on the cover, I foolishly imagined Waiting For Doggo was going to be a comedy - about a dog, but it was neither. The dog is there, of course, but he is not the heart and soul of this story. Alas, Doggo is a mere device on which to hang yet another ghastly story of smug London professionals living in 'not quite Notting Hill', and their dreary relationships (with his ex's sister. Such class), restaurant dates and ...more
Jo Hughes
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Headline and Frances Gough for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


At the beginning of the book we read a letter from Clara to Dan, explaining that she is leaving him and  the reasons why, this wouldn’t be much of a problem but Clara had got a dog (Doggo) from Battersea Dog and Cat Home a couple of weeks previous.  Dan and Doggo don’t get on with each other.  


I fell in love with Doggo from page one, yes he is small, white and almost hairl
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Karen Mace
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review

This is how i like my books!! Utterly charming and at times laugh out loud funny. It also importantly shows how the bond between a man and an unwanted, ugly dog grows through the time they spend together.

It starts with Dan reading a letter from Clara who has moved out as she tries to explain why, but badly, and she leaves behind Doggo who they rescued from Battersea Dogs Home only 3 weeks previous - all her idea! So wh
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Claire
Publication date: 20th November 2014


ISBN: 9781472218353


Publisher: Headline


Source: Publisher, Bookbridgr, Netgalley


Score: 5/5


Synopsis:

No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-teach either. He likes driving slowly, playing sudoko on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter full of incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless d
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Joodith
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I attracted quite a few withering looks in the dentist's waiting room yesterday as I buried my nose in the adventures of Doggo and his man, Dan - apparently there are some places where it's just not done to laugh out loud.

All Dan has left of Clare, his girlfriend of four years, is a letter telling him she's leaving – and Doggo, a mutt she rescued from well known dogs' home in Battersea. He's short, stumpy and ugly and, at first, seems to have no redeeming qualities at all – Doggo, that is, not D
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Krystal
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a pretty bland excuse for a story. It's dull and pointless and goes so out of its way to use the dog as a symbol that it just ends up trying too hard. It's all over the place and there's a lot of elements that are thrown in seemingly to add layers but fall short of achieving any serious depth. The protagonist is unlikable, and you never actually learn much about him, and his relationship with Doggo changes without evidence of growth. It's simplistic, but tries too hard to pretend that it ...more
Nicola
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'One man, one dog, one big love'
What a charming book from Mark Mills. Dan is the reluctant dog owner of 'Doggo' whom was far from being the most attractive pooch on the block. Small, white and hairless , we soon find out that for what he lacks in good looks he has scored big in personality and intelligence. Dan embarks on a new chapter of his life in which he is suddenly single and a reluctant parent of his ex-partners dog. A really delightful tale of the bond they form and the other life challe
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Stephen
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed this book on a single guy with an ugly dog after his girlfriend had left him and his rebuild through the dog doggo and has a hint of chick lit though but liked the role doggo played though in the plot
Roy McDine
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it - the characters and storyline is heartwarming and fun.
Ai Miller
This book was okayish? It read quickly, certainly. It just struck this weird chord where I think it was supposed to mirror the main character's arc but came off kind of weird. Like even when he "changed" it still felt kind of smarmy? And the ending felt... idk, not cheap, just not satisfactory wholly. I rolled my eyes at the revelation moment, and I'm not that cynical of a person. It didn't help that some of the things the narrator had to say (especially around mental health in the first 20 page ...more
Anna
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my view the title of this book did not in any way reflect the content. Yes there was a 'Doggo' however his part was minimal with most emphasise on the relationships between the main human characters. As this is not a genre in which I have an interest I found it hard going. Probably good reading for those who have an interest in human interactions.
Barb
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Two and a half starts, this just didn't live up the its billing on any level for me. It was very meh.
Paula Geanau
Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
is this what happens when a dudebro writes a romcom for the guys? try using both hands to type, pal, instead of jerking off with one.
Cam Wolfe
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating – “Who’s a good book? YOU ARE!”
5 Stars


This was a re-read
This is one of the most perplexing books to recommend, and harder still to provide a star rating. It’s easy to say why it’s good, it’s easier to say why it could be seen as bad, but those elements together create a result that by all means shouldn’t work.

If that sounds confusing (which would be understandable) I will say it like this; this book has no real plot, but somehow… it works. It’s charming, warm and just works. That’s a uni
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Anita Leila
This book was short, sweet, and just generally an enjoyable read for an afternoon. It tells the story of Dan, who has just been dumped by his girlfriend, who also left their mangy dog ("Doggo") with him, despite the fact that he doesn't like the dog at all, and the dog doesn't like him. Although relations are tense at first, soon they settle into a routine that suits both of them, and they start becoming closer. Dan starts a new job, meets a new girl and falls into competition with his boss, who ...more
Rosie
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookbridgr, read-2015
I received a copy of this book from bookbridgr. The book’s premise intrigued me so I wanted to start it as soon as possible. I started the book on my commute into work and finished it on my way home.

Waiting for Doggo follows Daniel and his dog, Doggo. The novel opens with a letter from Clara, Daniel’s now ex-girlfriend, leaving Daniel and Doggo (who is possibly the most ugly dog anyone has ever seen) behind as she seeks a new life elsewhere. Despite his looks and indifference towards Daniel, Dog
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Ellie
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awww, poor Doggo, everyone keeps calling him ugly. I’m not sure I’ve ever looked at a dog and thought they were ugly, even if do have mismatched body parts. Anyway, I did like the parts about Doggo but, despite what the marketing blurb says, he’s not the star of the show. It’s really a story about Dan, a freshly single, advertising man.

There was a point in my life where I might have enjoyed the ad agency storyline more but I found myself not really caring about Dan’s work. When they get the pitc
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Brendan
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be one of the strangest books but in a really good way. Being a dog owner is what I based my decision on before reading this and it was worth the gamble. I liked the concept and the characters, especially Daniel who I struggled with originally, came to enjoy. A few of the antagonists moulded a little at times and a few cliche moments aside, this book was a great indie surprise. I normally base a lot of decisions on seeing a film adaption and I can assure you this would make a rea ...more
Emma Smith
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books, 2014
Dan and Clara had a four year relationship behind them when Clara walked out on Dan. She left behind Doggo, a misfit dog rescued only a few weeks earlier that Dan is not too keen on. Dan and Doggo are more alike than they first think.

The book explores Dans relationships with his dog as he gets his life up and running again after the break up. It turns out they have both lost someone they love and need to move on in life. It's a really easy to read book full of humour and a little romance. The wr
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Bernadette Robinson
7/10 from me. I picked this one up from the Library. I was taken by the title of the story and the cover. It's a book that I'd not heard much about.

The story centres around Dan a young man recently split from his girlfriend. His girlfriend has left him with her pet dog, known as Doggo. Dan is not the most go getting of men, he prefers the laidback approach to life. A pet was never on his list of priorities in life, but left with Doggo his first instinct is to find him an alternative home.

As the
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Charlotte Jones
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Headline through BookBridgr.

Waiting for Doggo is a sweet short novel about relationships of all type, including romantic relationships as well as the love shared between pets and their owners. The cast of characters were varied but a little typical of this kind of contemporary novel. My favourite character was actually Doggo, the ugly loveable dog who plays a huge part in this story.

I loved how the world of advertising playe
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Mark Mills is a British writer of screenplays and novels. His first screenplay was BAFTA-nominated short film One Night Stand starring Jemma Redgrave and James Purefoy in 1993; this won Mills a 'Best Screenplay' award at the Angers European First Film Festival in 1995.
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