Friday, January 16, 2009

Marley & Me by John Grogan

The reason this book is so entertaining and such a fun read is because it’s so easy to relate to. Yes, this is a story about ‘the world’s worst dog’ that its owner falls in love with, but even more than that, it’s a story about life’s journey. In John Grogan it’s easy to see yourself. You see him as a young, recently married professional who is trying to establish himself as a journalist and who has the feeling that he’s missing something. He has a wonderful wife but they don’t have any kids yet and in order to fill the void they get a yellow lab puppy. Immediately the couple falls in love with Marley and the rest is history.

Marley is able to bring the couple closer together and fills an important role in their relationship. As the kids eventually come, Marley has already established his place in the hearts of his owners and he tags along with them on their adventures and is as much a part of their family as any of the children ever would be. Marley is lovable and a little loopy, but he steals the reader’s heart, for every reader can remember that one dog, or pet or friend that was always there for him, no matter what. “A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he will give you his.” That’s why we love our furry friends and that’s why you won’t be able to help falling in love with Marley.
Post by my husband Tyler
Thanks Tyler for writing this awesome review of Marley & Me.
I can't wait to read the book.
~Kathy

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