Friday, September 03, 2010

Rating : 3.5/5
Number of Pages : 197
Format : Teenage Fiction Novel
Reason for Reading : 10 10 10 Challenge

Sandra is seventeen and is out of control. She has ditched her more stable, hard working friends including her boyfriend and is having casual sex with multiple partners (hence the parental advisory sticker on the front). She’s distancing herself from her family and is still recovering from her dad moving to America and leaving her behind.

One night she is out with a guy when she stumbles into a tramp. He takes a shine to her and when she runs from him, he chases her. Suddenly her whole world is different as she has been changed into a dog. Soon it emerges that this is not the first time the tramp has changed someone into a dog and it happens whenever he gets angry. She meets other humans-turned-dogs who keep trying to get her to forget her humanity and embrace her inner dog. She begins to lose herself until she sees missing posters with her picture on them and decides to go back and visit her family. From there she has a choice to make, will she stay with them or give in to her more animal instincts.

I really liked this novel and I was in two minds whether I wanted her to stay a dog or change back into a human girl. The reader is kept guessing as well as to how it will end and I keep changing my mind if it was the ending I wanted or not! It was told really well and despite the fact that she got turned into a dog it was still somehow completely believable. I will check out some more of his novels, Junk seems to be rated pretty high.


Ladytink_534 said...

Interesting! Of course it automatically made me think of Disney's Lady and the Tramp though it sounds like has very little to do with it. I really need to find an interview with this author because I'm curious about the inspiration

Jill said...

Hadn't heard of this one - sounds really good! I'll be on the lookout for it. Thanks!