March 1, 2014

Review: Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man by Brian McGrory

Product Description:
Brian McGrory thought he had it all figured out: a great job, a condo in Back Bay, and his beloved golden retriever Harry by his side. But after Harry’s death, McGrory's life as a bachelor takes quite the turn. He falls in love with Harry’s veterinarian Pam, and leaves the city for life in the suburbs with Pam’s family and their two dogs, two cats, two rabbits, and Buddy—the self-assured family rooster who hates Brian’s guts.

These things never go as easily as they should. The commute is long, the kids were wary, and Buddy was constantly poised to attack. But rather than accept defeat, Brian eventually sees that Buddy shares the kind of extraordinary relationship with Pam and the girls that he wants for himself. Funnily enough, it’s the rooster’s tenacious devotion to the family that encourages a change in Brian’s perspective, and before long, the archenemy becomes his inspiration, helping Brian evolve into a true family man

With luminous writing and expert comic timing, McGrory brings to life a classic story of love, acceptance, and change as one man’s nemesis becomes his madcap mentor. 

My Thoughts:

Buddy is a sweet story about how Brian comes to terms with moving out of his comfort zone, living with a dog in the city, to entering the world of suburbia with his fiancée and her young kids, multiple pets and the drama that comes with this huge adjustment.

The first part of the book is all about Brian and his dog Harry. Next is about Brian's relationship with Pam. This is where we meet Buddy and all the terror that he brings. It's a hilarious story of love and learning to change.

My Recommendation

I recommend this one for anyone who loves animals and heart-warming stories.