Author: Mark B. Mills
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 20th November, 2014
No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo. So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He's just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that's the plan. Come on...everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend...and an inspiration.
This book is amazing. There wasn't a single thing that I didn't like about it. Not one single thing. It's perfection. Waiting for Doggo is a book that's dominated social media these past few months and I can completely understand why. It's flawless, it's endearing, it plays on your heart strings, it warms your soul and if you weren't a dog lover prior to reading this, you're guaranteed to be by the end. This is a case of knowing that you should wait a little while longer before publishing your review, but you physically cannot because you just NEED to gush about this book. This is where I'm at right now. If there's only one book that you can buy for the remainder of this year, make it Waiting for Doggo. And here's why:
This is not a book about a dog. This is a book about life as a whole and the impact such a friendship could have on you. I have a dog and if Mark B. Mills doesn't, I don't know how he got the relationship between pet and owner so spot on. I felt like it was my dog in those pages, with that very same attitude that Dogo possesses. Doggo creates and instant connection with you as the reader. I was sucked straight into Dan's world and I needed to know more about him and his life. What happened with Clara? What's he like as a person? Will he keep Doggo? Dan is such an intriguing and oh so likeable character. He's probably in my top ten male characters that I've read so far this year.
Everything about this book was so intriguing. It's just a few months in the life of a man. Nothing extraordinary happens but I think that's why this book is such extraordinary. It focuses a lot on the relationships between people; family, work colleagues, relationships, strangers, animals and how everything interacts. It also shows up clearly the importance of compassion. There are several moments in the book where friends, family or strangers show compassion for Dan in some way. There are some revelations along the way for Dan with regards to learning some harsh truths about himself, but also about his family. It all comes together nicely to make the most perfect of reads.
As I'm writing this review I'm finding it difficult to pinpoint what it is exactly that I loved so much about this book. I couldn't tell you what the one thing was that just made me fall in love with it. I don't know if it's the humorous character of Dan, if it's the regal and intelligent attitude of Doggo, or if it's the play of relationships that occurs through Waiting for Doggo. All I know is that this book is a must read for anyone and everyone. I devoured it in roughly 3 hours. I couldn't put it down and it's been a very long time since I've picked up a book that's held me captivated from the first page to the last. It's impossible to wrench yourself away from Doggo. I challenge you to try!