December 3, 2012 · 5:06 pm
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Rating: 4/5 stars.
Although my parents are heterosexual, Between Mom and Jo still spoke to me personally. As someone who wishes to have children with a male partner one day, it was saddening to read about how Nick had to put up with the taunting and teasing of his peers.
Looking at it positively, at least he had two loving parents who supported him through it. All his life, he’s known Mom and Jo would be there for him. They’ve gone through tough times together, battling alcoholism, cancer, and death. Which makes it that much worse when Mom and Jo start having marital problems and Nick’s left with no one to turn to. How can he choose between the two people in his life whom he cares about the most? Continue reading →
May 31, 2011 · 8:29 pm
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Rating: 4.5/5 stars.
The first book with a dog as the narrator that I’ve enjoyed, The Art of Racing in the Rain isn’t just about Enzo and the events he perceives through his canine eyes, but a story encompassing family, morality, and humility. Enzo possessed a remarkably sophisticated yet real perspective, juxtaposing race car driving with life while detailing the journey of his owner, Denny.
I expected to force myself through this novel. I’ve never connected with the few books I’ve read with an animal as the narrator or the protagonist. The Art of Racing in the Rain took me in the opposite direction. I finished the book nearing midnight with school six hours away, flipping the pages in a frenzy to figure out what was going to happen.
A superb read. I’ve never had a dog, but now when I meet people or see friends who own one, I’ll immediately recommend this book to them. If you’re a pet-owner, or just someone looking for a fantastic novel (like me), you should check this one out.