The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

I had heard this book is awesome. It also came up on potential booklists for teenagers, so I felt like I should check it out before recommending it to students. And, overall, it sounds like it probably is awesome…dog tells the story of (his) life. Except…I don’t like dogs. I know, I know, that makes me an evil bitch, but I can own that..

art of racing in the rain

So why am I reading it? I’d planned on it being the “book with nonhuman characters” for my Popsugar challenge since it was already on my TBR list. Anyway, even though I’m not a fan of dogs, I also don’t really like books with hokey, preachy endings. Again, I’m the hopelessly heartless…but…

Enzo is an aging mutt who lives with his racecar driving owner Denny. Denny and Enzo are very happy together watching videos of famous races and documentaries about dog reincarnation and Sesame Street. Denny gets married and has a daughter, and life blah blah blah. This eventually becomes both a cancer story and a legal story and the dog starts spreading his wisdom to us all, since he can’t actually talk and tell Denny, you see. Cutesy and okay, but not my favorite. Still, if you like dogs and are not the Devil, I think you’d probably enjoy it.

I eventually switched this to my “book that can be finished in a day” because who knows how many of those there will be and I can always fit in some YA fantasy for nonhuman characters 🙂

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One Response to The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

  1. kelley says:

    You’re really reaching on that Popsugar challenge. I can’t believe YOU read a book about a dog!

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