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Sit, Stay, Love

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  516 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Cecilia Murray has been wishing for a dog for as long as she can remember. And when a cute pug named Potato is brought in to Orphan Paws, the shelter where she volunteers, she knows he is the dog she's been waiting for. There's just one problem: Eric Chung -- a popular, arrogant boy from school -- adopts Potato first. What's worse, he hopes to train the little tater to bec ...more
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Published January 26th 2016 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Ms. Yingling
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Cecelia is having a hard time-- her mother has left her and her father, and her father is struggling with a career change. He was a P.E. teacher, but after years in school has become a lawyer... but he takes cases that aren't terribly remunerative. When a fire damages the family home, Cecelia and her father has to move in with an aunt who does not care for pets. Cecelia spends a lot of time at the local animal shelter, helping out, and has recently found a
Nikki Morrell Buyna
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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We need more books like this flooding the book market! There are so few middle grade novels that feel like they are actually meant for our younger students and children. Cecilia's story is an innocent story of a girl's love for an adorable puppy. JJ Howard infuses her characters with "real" personalities, even Potato the Pug has his own voice. Dynamic writing with imagery that brings the reader into Cecilia's world, it's a must read for tweens and teens (and maybe some adults too). Reader beware ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic read from J.J. Howard! Even as a cat person, I loved this book. It's impossible not to fall for the poor rejected puppy tended by a little girl with a big heart, or her cute classmate who adopts the dog (Potato). Sit, Stay, Love is a perfect bite-sized book that will definitely make you smile. The characters are lovable, the story is sweet, and the puppy is precious. This is a great story for kids, families, or anyone who even remotely cares about animals.
Sophie Knetter
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was very fun to read, awesome, amazing and I would love to read it many other times. It also makes me want to read all of the other wish books because this is a wish book and all the other wish books are probably just like it!
Karina A.
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When a cute little pug named potato is brought to this shelter called Orphan Paws a girl named Cecilia Murray volunteers at that shelter. Cecilia knows that the dog at the shelter is the dog she’s been waiting for. There’s just one problem.
Joe Farrar
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
had to read this one Pug on the cover really enjoyed the story wasn't sure how it was going to end until I got there
Allison Church
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun quick read. It was a nice story with a happy ending. But also I dont think a realistic ending. It also was very easy to see how it would end.
Eve beinguniquebooks
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this book we meet Cecelia whom is having a rough time, after her house gets condemned after a fire she finds herself and her dad moving in with her aunt Pam.

Meanwhile she adores dogs and dreams of owning one of her own and the sooner the better for her however as she works voluntarily at an adoption centre for dogs, she falls in love with a pug she calls Potato.

However as she finds a friend in Lily at school, she discovers Lilys brother Eric wants to adopt Potato into their family's show dog
Nicole Canosa
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this is probably the best chapter book I have ever read so far! This book originally seemed like a book I would not pick up but, I gave it a try and could NOT be happier with the end results! I won't spoil the ending but, I will say I LOVED IT! I would recommend this book to anyone because I thought I wouldn't like it but LOVED IT!!! This is a must read!
Erika Rohlfes
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book tells about a girl named Celia who spends all of her time at a pet shelter called, "Orphan Paws." A pug introduced itself into Celia's heart. The only thing was that the dog she was taking care of was adopted by Eric Chung. She was determined to get potato back in her life, creating drama with Eric

The book made me connect with the characters and want to keep reading. This book would be great be for kids who like animals especially dogs. This book would be a 4 out of 5 stars because s
Zabdi Z
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I LOVE THIS BOOK .... <3 This book was about a girl who falls in love with a puppy and she names him potato but she can't adopted him so this boys adopted the puppy and the only reason he adopted him was because.... read this book and you will find out.
Trixiter Marczak
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Love this story! A must read for all dog lovers! :)
Literary  Chanteuse
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sit,Stay,Love is a awesome romantic book telling a story of Cecilia, a teenager who has been dying to have a dog since as long as she can remember. There was nothing Cecilia did with her life but hang out with her only friend Melody, read, hope to have a dog, and work at a animal shelter name Orphan Paws. When Melody moves away and something tragic and life changing happens with Cecilia's living situation how will she have a dog when she comes to live with her aunt Pam, who is allergic to dogs, ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

The book Sit, Stay, Love by J.J. Howard is a novel about a young girl Cecilia who works at a puppy orphanage. While working at the orphanage Cecilia meets a puppy Potato Cecilia really wants who she instantly falls in love with. Before she is able to tell anyone she really, really wants Potato a popular boy from her school, Eric gets Potato first to train him to be a show dog. So Cecilia has a plan to sabotage their performance.

I gave Sit Stay Love a four star rating because it is a very relata
Maddy Hughes
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Taylor Welling
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The latest book I read, was Sit, Stay, Love by J.J Howard! Ahhh! I love this book so much. The book is about this pug named potato and the owners love. Eric Chung decides to adopt potato and that makes Cecilia mad. But little did we all know, Cecelia has a huge crush on Eric Chung. Cecelia loves potato so much and can connect with potato better than anyone else can. At the end of the book, Cecelia enters potato in a dog contest and wins it! This makes Eric and Cecelia so happy that Eric let’s Ce ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sit,Stay ,Love by j.j. Howard, is a really good book and if I were to rate from 5 stars, then I would rate it, 5 Stars! So the book is about this girl named Cecilia Murray and the pet clinic pug that she had named potato! So Cecilia Murray is going through a lot, but the only thing keeping her with a smile on her face is little potato. Potato and Cecilia are also perfect together because potato has also been through a lot as well! Cecilia and potato can even understand each other! Then the rich ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this one to my daughters and they absolutely loved it. It had all of the required elements- a cute dog named Potato, an awkward young girl who wasn't popular, and a handsome, popular boy who was in love with the awkward girl. My 11 year old and 8 year old sighed a bunch (in a delighted and dreamy way) as I read. Meanwhile, I nearly laughed out loud several times because of the predictable "love" scenes. Even though I didn't appreciate the book all that much, I will admit that it really wa ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book was my favorite book out of the "Wish" series that I have read. The story is about a girl who meets a puppy that she gets addicted to. And I mean like really ADDICTED to. But when this cute guy named Eric adopts him first, her whole world shatters. She has to learn how to cooperate with him to help win the dog show, while in her mind trying to mess up the dog show so Eric can give up the cute pug and she can take him back. When they start to understand each other, everything c
Sarah Hayes
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of action going on like when Cecilia and her dads house had a fire and she had to got to her aunts house to stay until her house is cleared to go back to. Cecilia volunteers at a animal shelter and on day a pug came in because it was badly hurt and need to recover. Cecilia falls in love with the pug and wants it but her dad says no and her aunt is allergic t dogs. But Cecilia is still confident about buying the pug of her dreams. But a popular boy name Eric Chung who goes to ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sit, stay, love is a story of a girl named Cecilia who’s been through a rough time from, her mother leaving her father, to her house getting caught on fire... Things are looking up as she falls in love with a pug that she takes care of at Orphan paws, she named him Potato. As their love grew stronger she would have to face the fact of Potato being rescued. When Potato get's rescued by Eric Chung a popular, she thinks the world has come crashing down. But what she didn’t expect was for Eric to as ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle school girls
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Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like this book its got layers and interesting development in terms of characters and story. It's for a younger audience maybe but it won't bore you completely if you're older. I'm not a fan of pugs but this book kinda makes me like the little guys a bit more. It's a good book but an even better one of you're a fan of canines. [End of review]
Jordan we're not getting a pug. Also we get a puppy or a kid you decide.
Chloe Tsang
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book talks about how Cecilia has been wanting a dog for ages. She has been volunteering to work at the dog shelter for ages. Things started to turn bad when her house caught on fire, her best friend left to study in another city and when she met the cutest puppy in the whole world but dog-stealer Eric adopted him. It is a good book and it is suitable for all ages. I would recommend it to all dog lovers in the whole world, especially the ones who love adorable pugs.
Sadie Coffman
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought it was a good book since it was about a girl and a dog. the girl liked to volunteer at a dog shelter and was this pug that she fell in love with but this somewhat rude boy adopted the dog to be a show dog. the girl ended up becoming good friends with the boy's sister so she saw the dog a lot and decided to help train the dog to be a show dog just so she could spend time with him. in the end the girl and boy found out they liked each other.
Cristy Fogle
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Wish series books are so popular with my 5th graders. I know they’re not deep stories, nor complicated reads. That’s why I love them. Sweet, clean crush stories. This one was a cute one. It’s like a beach read for kiddos!
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
okay. seriously. This book is literally one of the best books I've ever read. It has a mix of love, action and cuteness that just goes off the scale! a dog named POTATO????? I love it. Read the book or else...
Allie Schmidt
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was very interesting. I really do recommend this book to readers who love romantic books, movies, etc. I think that this book was a really good book to read and plus I love pugs and books.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was good and very detailed. I thought it was sweet that to be with potato the dog she would even hangout with her enemy.
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J.J. Howard writes YA and MG books. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her assistant is named Willow—a miniature dachshund with a lot of great ideas—most of them involving dinner or at least snacks. Her books include the young adult novels THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS and TRACERS. Her middle grade novels include SIT, STAY, LOVE, Z ON LOCATION (an American Girls Book), PUGS AND KISSES, PUGS IN ...more