Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Book Review: Love Like a Dog by Anne Calcagno

Title: Love Like A Dog
Author: Anne Calcagno
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: 06/10/2010
ISBN: 1452834989

Once in a while you'll read a book that you just breeze right on through, something that you can't stop reading because it's so addicting. This is one of those books & I'm honestly surprised that this is only released through CreateSpace, Amazon's self-publishing branch. This is a book that not only deserves to be picked up by a major house but also deserves to be on the bestseller lists.

This debut novel is a page-turning drama about familial devotion. Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man starved for his self-centered father's approval. A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey. As Dirk's father becomes entangled in criminal activity, Dirk must quickly come to terms with a series of legal and moral crises and determine for himself what it truly means to be a man.

This book was just awesome & I honestly can't say enough great things about it. I'm a sucker for stories where dogs are rescued or saved from the streets & I got both of these in this book. The characters in this book are wonderfully fleshed out, causing you (the reader) to really understand how events in the book unfolded & why some things happened the way they did.

You'll really root for Dirk & his best friend Bull's Eye because Calcagno really shows the loving friendship these two have for each other. She didn't make Bull's Eye into just "a dog owned by a boy"- she made him into a true companion, which is how our relationships with our animal friends really is (or at least should be). As the book comes to its conclusion you'll be ripping through the pages at lightening speed to find out exactly what happens- it's just that good.

If you love books about dogs, books about true strength & heroics, or just great books in general, you need to read this book. Not should, NEED.

(Reader copy provided by author.)

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