Has anyone ever thought about what it would be like to live with the world's worst dog? By reading this book the reader may just start to be able to understand what it would feel like. I haven't read a book with so much great detail in a long time, and "Marley and Me" by Josh Grogan is just that kind of book. Josh Grogan, born in Motor City, Detroit, Michigan, is also the author of his own memoir, "The Longest Trip" Home, and has loved writing since he was young. As I read, I felt many different emotions that always made me want to keep reading. The story goes through the good, the bad, and the down right crazy things that can happen with the worst dog in the world.
At times, this book reminded me about my own dog and how much trouble she gets into. Dogs, and any animal for that matter, are just so unpredictable and have so much more to them that meets the eye. Josh Grogan does a perfect job of explaining the life of a dog, especially one like Marley. Without the immense attention to detail in the way that Marley acts and the emotions of Jack and Jenny(the couple that owns Marley) the book would not have expressed the same amount of feeling as it does.
By no means am I the big reader type who just loves to read books. When I get assigned to read a book for homework I absolutely dread it and usually wait until the last minute. This time was a little different because the movie had recently come out and I was interested in reading what it was all about. I started reading the book to see if I liked it enough to keep reading it. The first chapter had me hooked and I was excited to read on. Each time I read another chapter I got more and more attached to the book until I was finished.
This book was a roller coaster of emotions but all in all extremely good. I never thought that I would love this book as much as I did and I'm sure that anyone else would agree. This is a perfect book for dog lovers and anyone who is in the mood for a heart felt story. "Marley and Me" is the perfect family story that will leave you with a warm heart and maybe even a few tears.
I bought a copy of John Grogan's Marley & Me in a CVS two years ago (this was, of course, before I started boycotting CVS, but that's a topic for another blog post) but didn't get around to reading it until this past Sunday. I read most of it in one sitting, starved for the luxury of curling up with the proverbial good book. If you've been following this blog with any regularity, then you know that I don't like dogs. … more
I simply had to have this book after watching the movie. The novel is solidly written and while the movie sticks pretty much to the book, there's so much more detail of the life of John Grogan, his family, and good old Marley that you'll want to make sure and pick up both movie and book. John Grogan was a reporter turned columnist in South Florida when he and his bride Jenny purchased an adorable little puppy and named him Marley, after Bob Marley. Marley proved, while growing … more
John Grogan got it right. I have had dogs my entire life, and work as a volunteer at a dog shelter. There are so many amazing little moments we have with our dogs, and that is something that usually becomes a "you had to be there" moment. But Mr. Grogan captures all the "you had to be there" moments in his book Marley and Me so accurately it felt like I was raising Marley, too. I hesitated to read this book for a long time … more
Pros: excellent story, funny, entertaining Cons: the book is about dogs and I definitely am not a fan of dogs The Bottom Line: Very humorous book that shows how people can truly grow around an animal and begin to welcome that animal as a major part of their lives. I'm not exactly sure when I first started hating dogs, but I'm assuming it was probably when I actually had to take care of one myself for the first time. … more
one of the saddest books ive read in my entire life. the whole book the guys wife is picking on the dog, and she dislikes him for doing things that dogs do. they mess up your house, make a huge mess, and dont ever clean up after themselves. and the guy does everything in his power to keep the dog. then the ending, is one of the saddest things ive ever read/heard/seen in my entire life, the movie had a good depiction of how he felt. this book really shows "mans best friend" =)
The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.
John and Jenny were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy—and their life would never be the same. Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound steamroller of a Labrador retriever who crashed through screen doors, flung drool on guests, stole women's undergarments, devoured couches and fine jewelry, and was expelled from obedience school. Yet Marley's heart was pure, and he remained a steadfast model of love and devotion for a growing family through pregnancy, birth, heartbreak, and joy, right to the inevitable goodbye.
About the Author
John Grogan is the author of the #1 adult bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, which inspired the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other. He is also the author of the #1 bestselling picture books Bad Dog, Marley! and A Very Marley Christmas. John lives with his wife and three children and their dogs, Gracie and Woodson, in the Pennsylvania countryside.