I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this book when I first began reading. However, it didn’t take long before I was chuckling out loud and was invested in the lives of the characters. There is a lot going on as you read through the pages…a family is in crisis. A daughter with the typical teenager attitude. A grandfather with no enthusiasm for life. A mother with an identity crisis. A father struggling to provide for his family and succeed in his job. An old dog that misses life the way it used to be with his mom and dad. And young twin boys who are all out and such a hoot!
Then you factor in a health crisis, a stray puppy, and a love life competition for the grandfather at the playground among three women. Life begins to change and the family members realize how much they love and appreciate each other. It is painful to experience Ello’s difficulties with popularity and how she does not value herself. How much a person can make a difference in one person’s life. Are you willing to be that person? I hope I would be able to be the positive influence that the “new boy” was.
I love the viewpoints of the Winstead, grandfather’s faithful dog, and Ruby, the stray puppy. Your heart will ache one moment and soar the next. The joy of life through a dog’s eye is uplifting! Thank you to NetGalley and Forge Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.