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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
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Apr 24, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: dog lovers, anyone looking for something a little different

What I loved:
1. Enzo is the coolest. dog. ever. And that includes my dog, who happens to be pretty hip. He's caring, he's funny. I love it.
2. The way Enzo narrates is awesome. I have a feeling that if dogs - smart dogs, who are about to come back as men - could talk, this is what they would sound like.
3. I plowed through this book because I was utterly unable to put it down. It isn't so much that I wanted to find out what happened next in the plot; I wanted to find out what Enzo had to say and what happened to the characters.
4. Even though it's clear from the first chapter what will happen at the end, the last 20 pages made me cry great, shuddering sobs. My dog came over to make sure I was okay. I told you he was hip.

What I didn't love:
1. The language was a little too flowery and contrived at times. Not always, but there were definitely times when I felt like the author was reaching.
2. I agree with Erin that not all of the characters were very well developed. Denny was, as was Enzo (generally) and Luca (who we don't meet until the end). But with the others, there was no real motivation for much of their actions. There was too much telling on the part of the author, and not enough showing.
3. Along those same lines, some of the plot was the same way. The end felt a bit contrived.

I haven't decided yet whether I will read anything else by this author. But all things considered, I loved this book. Read it. Read it now!
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Juliana ur dog is so nice and i cried for WHERE THE RED FERNS GROW so i thin k ill cry here too!! :((

Readingmomma I agree Enzo was the coolest dog ever. The language was a little flowery at times but Enzo made up for it. Thanks for the great review you inspired me to read this book and like you I plowed through it. Thxs again

Juliana u welcome

Michael Stubblefield I will agree that at times the language got a little flowery, but it felt to me part of the personality if the narrator, who was trying so hard to be ready to be human that perhaps he got a little carried away with his words.

Juliana ya i agree

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