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Jonathan Unleashed

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Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him – only richer and more organised with a different sense of humour.

On the plus side, his two flatmates are determined to fix his life – or possibly to destroy i
Paperback, 276 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by Bloomsbury (UK & ANZ)
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Hannah Greendale
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary, giveaways
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Jonathan Trefoil rents a tiny apartment in Manhattan, works a job he loathes, and is engaged to a woman who’s completely wrong for him. Unexpected change arrives in the form of his brother’s two dogs, Dante and Sissy. Jonathan agrees to watch Dante and Sissy for six months, unaware that their meddlesome influence will lead him to question everything – his career, his relationship, and the meaning of life.

Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
I really wanted to like this but I really didn't. I liked the parts with the dogs, and that's about it. I didn't like the characters and overall, I found the whole thing to just be all over the place. Unfortunately this was a disappointment for me.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC.

Jonathan Trefoil lives a small life. He has a small apartment in Manhattan, and a small job where he feels stifled and…small. He longs for more, but isn’t quite sure what he wants. And then love enters his life.

Not in the form of a girlfriend, he already has a girlfriend. Dogs. Two of them. A Border Collie and a Cocker Spaniel.

”Jonathan came home from work one day to find the dogs talking about him.
They weren’t even his dogs.
‘Just a few months, six maximum? Don’t worry about changing your li
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming and entertaining literary romp filled with memorable one liners and a cast of keenly rendered characters that is hard to categorize. It’s at times satirical, often touching with a bit of romance and some surreal flights of fancy, but overall it is the writing that keeps it grounded and will keep you chuckling.

And then there are the dogs. Rosoff imbues these canines with personalities that become the heart of the story and also its catalyst. Dante is an off-the-charts intellige
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
3 1/2 stars.......not quite a 4 star but something more than 3 stars......

This is a quirky, silly and unusual little book. The hero, Jonathan, is a strange individual with a complex and highly active imagination. His brain seems to run non-stop, coming up with scenarios for fulfillment and explanations, or justifications, for the dissatisfaction he feels with his life and choices. He escapes his reality by creating comics based on the characters and events in his mundane and frustrating day-to-d

Description: Jonathan Trefoil has arrived in New York from college and is ready for his life to begin. He's found himself an apartment and he's temporarily in charge of his brother's dogs (Dante, a Border Collie, and Sissy, a Spaniel) while his brother is working in Dubai. His best friend Max gets him a job at Comrade, a marketing company run by one of their school friends. He has a smart girlfriend, Julie, who will join him once she's found work. Life
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book was written by a woman, it is just 213 pages of a man whining and not being nice to women. Such a lot of whining!

It does have dogs, though. Dogs are good. But probably not good enough to compensate for all of the male whining.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-readers
I was thrilled to have won this book in the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

It is rare that I read these type of books, but so glad that I decided to enter into this Giveaway. This novel had me smiling on many occasions. I never write a blurb as to what a story is about for fear of spoiling for others. I shall now be passing this book on to my 16 yr old granddaughter, who I know will enjoy as much as I. Recommended.
Rachael McDiarmid
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful, weird, wacky, fun, entertaining and enjoyable read. I read most of it on a domestic flight and it's a perfect airport read! And it's the perfect book for dog lovers. They will understand this book. The rest of it is engaging and interesting and unusual and wonderful and there aren't enough words available right now to describe how much I liked this book.
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
So I'll be the first to admit that perhaps I am being a tad generous with my rating on this one, but personally I loved it and for now, that's good enough for me. I honestly think that if you are a "dog person" you will see this book on a totally different level from other readers and that fact alone has probably contributed for a 5/5 for me when it may have been more like a 3-4/5 for most others.

Jonathan has graduated college and is living in Manhattan, working at a low-level ad agency. His bro
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a quirky fun read which follows the main character Jonathan's search to find happiness and a meaningful life. His mundane job in an advertising agency where his creativity is being severely suppressed drives him to a morose stressful state. His intensity and concern for understanding and ensuring the mental well being of the two dogs in his care is at times totally hilarious but also very touching. Jonathan is blessed with an amazingly vivid imagination and is constantly stifled by ...more
This was a great read! I loved Jonathon, he's fantastic. The dogs, Dante, and Sissy really made the book. It grabbed me the minute I picked it up and I didn't want to put it down.
Jonathan's thoughts were so funny, from how he got his great apartment to his job. They were just so funny. He's a goofy, loveable character who find's seems to take his lead from the ever wise Border Collie, Dante.
If you want to read a book that is lighthearted and will leave you in a great mood this is it. We can all
Mary (BookHounds)

Such a charming and perfect summer read!

Jonathan has move to NYC to pursue life and takes in his brother's two adorable dogs, Sissy (cocker spaniel) and Dante (border collie). His girlfriend of four years gets a chance at her dream job at a wedding website there as well and moves in with him. Julie is not a dog person and the dogs know this. I half expected them to throw her out but when her job offers an all expenses paid wedding, she and Jonathan decide that it is time. The dogs kno
From BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime:
The first adult novel by Meg Rosoff, author of the bestselling Young Adult novel "How I Live Now".

Jonathan Trefoil has arrived in New York from college and is ready for his life to begin. He's found himself an apartment and he's temporarily in charge of his brother's dogs (Dante, a Border Collie, and Sissy, a Spaniel) while his brother is working in Dubai. His best friend Max gets him a job at Comrade, a marketing company run by one of their school friends. He
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a serious novel masquerading as light fluff. It is fun and hilarious, but it is much more than that. It talks about the way many of us feel in these our modern lives, about boredom and feelings of meaninglessness at a job, and complete alienation between workers, and between them and their managers. I loved the mention of the well-observed German expression, weltschmertz. It is a kind of melancholy that Rosoff explains as “a deep disquiet of the soul which comes from understanding that t ...more
Katy Noyes
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed this. I was so excited to see Rosoff had written a book for adults - I've read several of her YA novels and always admired her plots, characters and variety of genres.

And now she's proved she has comic chops for adults as well. Bravo!

As she's demonstrated before (There is no Dog), Rosoff can do offbeat (and looks to be a dog lover as well!). This starts with a man telling us that his dogs have been talking about him... Jonathan is dog-sitting for his brother, two intelli
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an odd but good little story, I love quirky characters and I love quirky story lines but I don't think I can really deal with two of them together.

Jonathan Unleashed is a coming of age story for those just starting out as grown ups. If you feel like you've lost your way, this might be a nice story for you to read.

Essentially, Jonathan misses the point a lot. I actually hated his motives for marrying Julie, and he disliked her as much as everyone around him who was telling him he was ma
Danielle (iamhorriblylimited)
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a review.
I thought this book was incredibly funny.
Jonathan moves to NYC and leaves his girlfriend Julie in Chicago (once she secures a job she will join him). He finds an apartment rather quickly, and ends up becoming the caretaker of his brother's two dogs: Sissy and Dante. He fears his dogs are unhappy and frequently thinks himself into a state of worry and anxiety that his dogs have stopped eating. He is a frequent vi
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of chick lit and beach reads
Recommended to lethe by: Anna van Gelderen
Jonathan Unleashed is Meg Rosoff's first novel for adults. I had already read a few of her YA books, of which I loved What I Was best.

Since two blogging friends were very charmed by Jonathan Unleashed, my expectations were quite high. Almost inevitably, I was disappointed.

It is a fairly amusing story about a directionless twenty-something in New York, who has to look after his brother's two dogs for six months. The dogs prove to be gifted psychologists, and although at first it seems as if they
Chelsea (KuehlerBookStop)
I like dogs. I like drama. I like romance. I like a quirky best friend. This book took all those things, mashed them together and made a story. A weird story that felt all over the place. I didn't like this mash up. The story needed something else..but I can't tell you what. It's like eating an Italian Ice on a hot summer day and the flavor being just off of lemon, but not quite lime either.
I loved Meg Rosoff's YA books so thought I'd give this one a go too. It's pretty light, but well written and funny (would make a great rom com actually!) You have to empathise with Jonathan, but the dogs are greater too. Worth a read for a bit of escapism on a wet afternoon.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ממש נאבקתי עם הספר הזה. לא בגללו, בגללי. אני אוהבת את הספרים שלי קצת יותר עלילתיים. הספר הזה כתוב היטב ויש בו לא מעט תובנות מעניינות ורלבנטיות, אבל אין בו ממש עלילה.
הספר עוקב אחרי ג'ונתן שמתנדב לשמור על 2 הכלבים של אחיו למשך חצי שנה. ג'ונתן נקשר לכלבים ואפילו מאניש אותם כך שהוא בטוח שהם מרכלים עליו, מותחים עליו ביקורת או מנסים לשנות את חייו. ג'ונתן הוא טיפוס מעורר חמלה. אדם לחלוטין לא נורמלי שעושה הכל כדי להיות נורמלי: שוכר דירה בניו יורק, מחזיק בעבודה נורמלית, ואפילו מחזיק חברה נורמלית. אבל הת
Kathleen Crowell
I was totally absorbed by this book until J. started babbling incoherently about 75% if the way in. it went off the rails for me then and I was never able to find a happy place in this story again. J. got so weird that I found him as unlikable as everyone he worked with. I really didn't care for the ambiguous ending. I was really hoping this would be great.
Ashley (pawingthroughpages)
I really wanted to love this, but it fell a little flat. Unlikeable characters are kind of a big thing for me. I wish there was more focus on the dogs actually since I was anticipating it. Overall it was okay.
Book Bazaar
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
A quirky little read. Ponder the meaning of life, dogs and the perfect partner with this one. An enjoyable holiday diversion :)
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book about a guy who moves to New York City, needs a place to live, and a job to pay for his place to live. His brother is heading overseas for months, so Jonathan agrees to take custody of said brother's two dogs until the return of their master. Jonathan falls in love with the dogs, feels an attraction towards the lovely veterinarian who cares for them every time one of the dogs, and it always seems to be the same one, needs to be seen. Meanwhile, Jonathan's girlfriend of seven (I believe ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jonathan Unleashed: A Novel
By Meg Rosoff
ISBN: 9781101980903
Author website:
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt


National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Meg Rosoff’s charming, hilarious new novel about a young New Yorker’s search for happiness and the two dogs who help him find it—the perfect summer read

Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal.
Amber Garabrandt
I received an advanced copy of Jonathan Unleashed from First to Read for the price of an honest review. I started it yesterday and, honestly, could not put it down. I was charmed by the quasi-neurotic ramblings of Jonathan as he moved through life with his brother’s dogs. Dante and Sissy were the perfect foil for his off the wall humor and moments of dread and overthinking. I loved his interactions with his best friend Max, and how crazy is screw-ball parents were. I felt drawn into the lives o ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dante is a smart Border Collie. Sissy is a sweet Cocker Spaniel. Jonathan is a daydreaming Almost Grown-up who appears to be on the right track to adulthood: New York apartment, ad agency job, college sweetheart now fiance. But appearances, of course, are deceiving. The apartment is an illegal sublet, the job is soul-deadening, the fiance is all wrong for him. Still, it isn't until Dante and Sissy enter Jonathan's life that the recent arts school grad begins to question his chosen path. "Jonatha ...more
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Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and had three or four careers in publishing and advertising before she moved to London in 1989, where she lives now with her husband and daughter. Formerly a Young Adult author, Meg has earned numerous prizes including the highest American and British honors for YA fiction: the Michael L. Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal.
“Maybe we shouldn't be living this way, without grass and trees, and ducks, always under pressure, always trying to catch up, never enough time or energy for the things we love, if we can even remember what those things are.” 30 likes
“How had he got here? Only a few minutes ago he'd been a kid, riding his bike to school, collecting comics, doing homework and watching TV. Over the years, a few trappings of adulthood had insinuated themselves into his life withoutmaking significant inroads. Real adult life seemed to exist over there, somewhere as distant and unreachable as Uranus. He had no idea how people crossed over to this place, or why - the demands of being grown up seemed exhausting. Look how I work all the time. See my silky girlfriend. Watch me exchange money for food. Admire my blood pressure.” 2 likes
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