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Notes from the Dog

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,871 Ratings  ·  457 Reviews
“Sometimes having company is not all it’s cracked up to be.” Fifteen-year-old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan. This summer he’s hoping for a job where he doesn’t have to talk to anyone except his pal Matthew. Then Johanna moves in next door. She’s 10 years older, cool, funny, and she treats Finn as an equal. Dylan loves her, too. Johanna’s d ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. My favorite character was probably Johanna. She is a very strong character who can get through very hard things. This book is about a kid named Finn, he planned on doing nothing but reading on his summer. Johanna came in and they had the nest summer he could imagine.
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dari judulnya saya pikir buku ini bakal berisi cerita 'ajaib' tentang anjing yang bisa nulis dan memberikan catatan kepada majikannya. Dan memang awalnya kesan itu yang saya dapat. Tapi ternyata? Hehe.. no spoiler :p

Buku ini bercerita tentang seorang penderita kanker yang datang untuk menempati sebuah rumah yang ditinggal penghuninya yang pergi keluar negeri selama musim panas. Istilahnya house-sitting. Jadi rumah itu dia tempati selama yang punya rumah pergi. Ide bagus juga ya? Secara rumah kal
Kat O'B
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a middle school librarian, I don't have to "sell" Paulsen, so I just had not taken the time to read this book before now. However, this is not the typical outdoor adventure story so often associated with Paulsen. Rather, the main character, Finn, is a socially-awkward 14 yo boy who, along with his one close friend, gets involved in the life of a girl in her twenties with breat cancer who moves in next door. I loved this book! It has a little humor, a little teen awkwardness, a little serious, ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's been ages since I've read a book that made me laugh out loud, frequently. It felt good, and I'm looking forward to getting to read another like it. But this isn't just a funny book. There's a lot more going on here.

Finn is a socially awkward loner, but that's not really the focus of the story. The focus is on Finn's new neighbor, Johanna. Johanna is 24, outgoing, lively, and she quickly befriends Finn and takes him under her wing. She also has breast cancer. (Let me just point out that this
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
AHHHH the feels. This book was amazing. It was like a non-romantic TFIOS, but shorter and simpler.
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
14 year old Finn plans to have a quiet summer. But when he meets Johanna, a 20 year old graduate who moves in next door, things change. Johanna is currently undergoing chemotherapy, and Finn always tries to cheer her up. When Johanna decides to hire Finn to plant a garden, Finn immediately takes the offer. Johanna decides to run in the triathlon and she needs to raise money. Finn and his friend Matthew go and stop by construction sites and nursery homes to find money for Johanna. Finn then disc ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fiction
Most definitely I'm not the target age group for this book. I found it when I was on a shopping spree at a local bookstore and yep, I liked the cover and the first line of the book. I had no idea it was a mid-school-targeted book. If I had started it earlier in the day it would have been a one-sitting read. But it deals with issues like family, shyness, and indeed cancer, with compassion and a bit of bittersweetness - plus it has a lovable dog. I didn't fall into the book as I'm oft to do with b ...more
Julia Parins
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Hailey C.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Notes From The Dog is a book about Finn, Johanna and Matthew.During the summer someone comes and house sits Finns neighbors. Her name is Johanna and she has cancer. She loves gardening. Matthew is Finns best friend who helps him through a lot. I really liked the main characters. They had good personalities. I agreed with their choices. It had action and i guess i could say it was emotional at times. I honestly didn't like the ending. I have many questions and i am confused. It ended very suddenl ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I picked up my daughter from school last month, and as she got into the car, I noticed her eyes were red. I asked her what happened and if she was alright, and then she exclaimed, " Mom! You HAVE to read ' Notes From The Dog ', it is now on my top five favorite books!" I really didn't want to, as I had a lot of books on my "to read" list; Then I started browsing her copy and got sucked in.... This is a must read for you and your kids. If you have boys, I highly recommend it, as it is written in
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Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve
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“I wish I had a dollar for every hour I've spent in the library," he always says. I have to agree- we'd probably never have to worry about money again.” 0 likes
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