September 28, 2008

Review: City Dog by Alison Pace




Amy Dodge owner of a West Highland White Terrier named Carlie and author of the bestselling children’s book series, Run, Carlie, Run! has a dilemma. She has a major case of writers block. All she can think about is how different life is from what her plans were when she optimistically moved to New York from Colorado over 10 years ago. She’s divorced, she still hasn’t started writing the next Great American Novel and every guy she dates she compares unrealistically to the dashing (but fictional) Scottish explorer staring in her Carlie books. Now Carlie is offered a starring role in her own television show and Amy’s world takes a surreal turn.

Soon Amy finds herself getting cropped out of Carlie’s many photo opportunities and she can’t get the image of her Scottish explorer out of her head. Plus the city she once loved begins to lose its appeal. Amy must figure out what needs to happen in order to change her life and take her and Carlie exactly where they need to be.

I completely judged this book by its super cute cover and was a little let down with the results. The story just didn’t catch my interest and I almost didn’t finish the book. The story is told in three voices; Amy, Carlie and Robert Maguire (the fictional Scottish explorer). In my opinion it would have been better off with just Amy’s and possibly Carlie’s but with Robert’s thrown in it just didn’t work for me and I can’t exactly pinpoint why. I did however like the way the book ended and consider it the only thing that saved the book from being too bad.

3 comments :

Alyce said...

It sounds like such a great story, and it has a cute cover - it's too bad it wasn't a better read!

Alea said...

This author likes to write about dogs doesn't she! Looks kind of cute.

Lenore said...

Hmm...never really got into books about dogs. Cats on the other hand...