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The Art of Racing in the Rain
March 29, 2013, 2:54 am
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            This is not your average dead dog novel. The very first chapter starts with the dog’s death but then the next chapter starts with his birth. Enzo the pup was picked up by Denny the mechanic who picked Enzo out of the litter at a farm. They immediately connected and they both knew they would be bonded for life. The entire story is told from the perspective of Enzo who comes to believe he is really a human trapped in a dog’s body. He has elaborate, intelligent, meaningful thoughts that he is unable to convey with anyone. He and Denny are close as can be and then Eve comes into the picture. Enzo seees Denny bring her home one night and soon the two of them are married, have a daughter, and move out an apartment to a house. Life is perfect except Denny’s constantly absence as a semiprofessional racecar driver. Then tragedy after tragedy begin to roll out and their lives are turned upside down.

 

 

 

            This book takes two things I don’t particularly like, dead dog books and racing, and turns them into a masterpiece. I was almost reluctant to even begin reading it, but once I started I couldn’t stop. I will remember this book out from all the sad and depressing dog stories. With some explicit language and scenes this is no children’s book, but a fantastic read for any high schooler.

Christian Burton

 

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