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An almost heart warming story

  • Feb 13, 2010
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This is a love story, about a child and a dog. The writing is competent, but not inspired. The story is a good one, a story that keeps the reader interested, but not quite glued to the page. I felt that the author could have done so much more with this, but for some reason did not. There were no obvious mistakes or glaring defects, just a creditable effort that failed to reach for greatness. I think most people will enjoy the book without being profoundly moved.

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When Holloway learned that her son had autistic spectrum disorder she turned to pets, from hermit crabs to hamsters to Ruby the Rabbit, rather than give up hope on reaching her son Wills, so traumatized by sensory overload that even a bath is an excruciating experience: hurtful bubbles followed the water's horrifying disappearance down the drain. Eventually Cowboy, a puppy with golden hair to match Wills's, arrives to bring the Holloways their first shining moments of progress: "Cowboy was... leading Wills into the world of his peers" Touching moments dot the narrative, but it avoids sentiment much as Wills would if telling his own story; at no time is the story overwhelmed by the inherent adorability of its subjects. Though readers may end up starved for intimacy, it mimics Holloway's own struggle-loving a child outwardly unable of returning it-and heightens his moments of connection.
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ISBN-10: 1416595031
ISBN-13: 978-1416595038
Author: Monica Holloway
Genre: Biography
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
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