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Having a dog or cat own me is one of wildest and cherished dream of mine (and don’t tell anyone; I am getting close this fulfilling this dream of mine!) – and I just knew I was going to fall in love with Good Dog, the moment I read the blurb of the book and I wasn’t wrong, in fact THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HEART RENDERING NOVEL I HAVE READ IN A WHILE.
Well, considering the fact that I like animals more than I could ever hope to tolerate humans, this love for this book was sorta expected :D
Brodie is a good dog – a dog who died; but who instead of moving on to Forever; and even though he doesn’t remember anything about his life down on Earth, he knows one thing for certain – his human, Aidan, is in danger and he has to go back to protect him.
But here’s the catch; he won’t be going in physical form; but as a facsimile of his self, a spirit if you may. But does that deter our good dog; no it doesn’t! In fact, it makes him all the more determined to get down here; and protect his boy.
“Aiden. His Boy. The boy of wide – mouthed laughter, the boy of secret bedtime tears, the boy of fierce hugs and thrown balls and behind – the – ear scratches. The boy with the broken nose and the black eye who only wanted one thing: a picture of him and his dog.”
Slowly, but surely, Brodie started getting flashbacks of his life with Aidan; sometimes sweet; other times heart breaking but always full of love, faith and laughter – the connection that Brodie feels with Aidan is one of the MOST WONDERFUL and BEAUTIFUL part of this book.
I swear; if I wasn’t already inclined towards pets – I would be sold on the idea of a pet loving me with everything in him – the loyalty and trust that he showed for his boy; won me over, in the first chapter itself.I promise you; this is a book that YOU WILL LOVE – whether you are a pet lover or not; because it has far reaching message than the bond between and animal and their human. It shows that our lives are not just the consequences of our decisions but also of our choices; easy or hard.
The writing style of the author is dazzling – he catches your attention right from the start and doesn’t let you go till the end. It is raw, emotional and written simplistically enough to create the maximum impact.
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#32 in Ghost Stories for Children
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A heartwarming story of a dog who loves a boyReviewed in the United States on 31 March 2018
Another great read for Gemeinhart fans. Though the language may be a bit simple for older readers, it's still a great story for kids and adults alike. The difficult topics of death, abuse, and letting go are intermingled with the meaningful lessons of friendship, faithfulness, determination, love, and hope in a way that's engaging and inspiring. The author does a fantastic job of creating a main character who is loyal to his boy and to his plight to save him. As a fan of The Honest Truth, I especially loved the unexpected connection Gemeinhart revealed between his first novel and this one. As a middle school teacher, I would recommend this book for advanced 5th grade readers and up.
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Beautiful Story that Pushes BoundariesReviewed in the United States on 5 December 2018
This is a beautiful, heartwrenching novel, but quite traumatic and dark for elementary students with its themes about dog abuse, child abuse and dog fighting. I find Good Dog more suitable for grades six and seven. It is a good Hi/Lo reader for upper middle and lower high school as well. As a librarian, I love this author's work, but I find he's pushing the boundaries more and more in his books. I do recognise that this is a good book for young readers to discover -- particularly if they have lost a dog.
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Amazing story of gritReviewed in the United States on 5 April 2018
Amazing story of grit, perseverance and sparkling hope for readers who love dog stories. I haven't cheered and rooted for a main character like this for a long time. Brodie will stick in my heart. I slowed down and savored the ending. This isn't one to miss!
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Five StarsReviewed in the United States on 10 October 2018
My 11 year old son loved this book. Great choice.
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LoveReviewed in the United States on 20 July 2018
Beautiful. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever had the honor of be a dog parent or sibling. :)
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