Harper Collins, 2008; 321 pages; ISBN 1554681723
My Goodreads Rating: 5 stars
OK, so I admit that I picked up this book because of the dog on the cover. I am a sucker for Labrador retrievers, and I actually have two lab-mixes at home (their names are Frida and Che, and yes, I cry my eyes out every time I watch Marley and Me or even those Humane Society commercials), so I was very intrigued by the idea of a book told from a dog's perspective. But Enzo the dog is no ordinary dog. He is a human soul trapped in a dog's body (for this particular life cycle, according to him). His owner, a race car driver named Denny, talks to Enzo like he is his pal and he watches TV with him, even leaving it on for him, which is where Enzo learns about the world and of course, about the art of race car driving. Enzo is a very philosophical soul (that is why he believes in reincarnation, and he is certain that his next life will be as a human being), and he thinks that the techniques that Denny uses on the race track can be applied to every day life. As Enzo recalls his life with Denny, including many ups and downs (marriage, a child, tragedy, triumph, and the like), he also takes stock on his role in Denny's life and all that he has learned and hopes to learn and do as a human being. I know the book spent many weeks on the bestseller list, and rightly so. I'm pretty sure animal lovers (especially dog lovers) will enjoy the story, but I also strongly feel that the book is for everyone, whether or not you have a furry companion at home. It's smart, funny, sweet, and very honest, and yes, I also cried during this one too. A highly recommended read.
A librarian's musings on things mostly from the past: elements of yesterday that fascinate me and some book reviews to boot.
I’m just a girl who simply adores the past. I peruse yard sales, flea markets, secondhand stores and estate sales for treasures to stock up my little vintage shop: la biblioteca, and I have my own personal collections of vintage purses and vintage typewriters. However, I don’t dress up like a 1940’s pin up girl (props to you if you do) and I don’t own a vintage car (yet). Read on for my vintage, nostalgic, book nerd obsessions.
I really enjoyed everything about How to Save a Life. The story is told from the perspective of Jill, a senior in high school who has lost her father and Mandy, a pregnant 18-year old who is fleeing from her old life. On an impulse, but w...