This story is bitter sweet, sentimental to the extreme and stylistically almost childlike in its simplicity, exactly what I expected from a book titled A Dog s Purpose It didn t disappoint 4 stars for delivering such a charming piece of escapism, couldn t put it down, polished it off in a day and a half And I just want to say to Toby, Bailey, Ellie Buddy Good Dog UPDATE TO MY UPDATE This book was one of the top five Best Fiction in the 2010 Goodreads Awards It came in at number 4, beating out Jonathon Franzen s Freedom, which got a lot of hype I m so psyched that so many people agreed with me that this book was the best novel of 2010 UPDATE TO MY REVIEW BELOW I JUST FOUND OUT ON FACEBOOK THAT THIS BOOK IS NOMINATED FOR THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD OF 2010 I hope all the people here who have loved it as much as I did will vote and it wins I got an early reader s copy because my friend works at a bookstore She gave it to me because I recently had to put down my 14 year old pug and was a total wreck Seriously, this was the greatest dog book I ve ever read, and I ve read a lot of them This was so much better than The Art of Racing in the Rain which I had liked, but the dog in this book is like, a real dog He doesn t understand words except for things like car ride or biscuit but he totally understands everything that s going on with his people I cried, but it was like, happy tears, because it truly made me realize that though my dog is gone, I get to keep how much we loved each other, always It s corny to say it, but this book actually changed my life In the book, the dog keeps coming back, as a dog, and that means, he can come back to his humans I don t want to spoil any of what happens, but I honestly believe that what this author says in this fictional world might really be true It would explain a lot about how dogs connect with us, and how they understand us, and how much they take care of us We think we rescue them, but I think they rescue us Seriously, if you ever loved a dog, run, don t walk to get your hands on this I m so grateful it was given to me, it s about the only thing that has made me feel better about losing my best friend. This book confirms what you know in your heart to be true, that love never dies, and that our animal friends are always with us. Update For those who have been considering reading this book.It s on sale today for 1.99 as a Kindle deal I saw the movie..Anyone else Thoughts I thought it was well done.but it was sad and scary in a couple of scenes I m aware of protestorsAnd I m still glad I saw it I loved my world, the Yard I loved running through the mud by the water trough, my paws making a dirty splatter that flecked my fur.I ve seen the movie trailer..had picked up a new copy hardcover for a dollar years backbut it was that darn golly adorable trailer that inspired me to read it now The story takes us on a journey through a dog s perspective and through a range of emotions Warmth, humor, and an interesting look at a dog s purpose..or any pet s purpose for that matter Me I thought of our little black baby face Chihuahua, Lunchbox, and our parakeets, Phil, Lil, and Jil It s a human thing to do while reading this storyreflect on the love for our pets Love, loyaltyand FUR and FEATHERS forever 5 stars not so much for storyline but for completely understanding dogs So emotional so many times Dogs are the best. 2ish stars As a dog owner I have a 10 month old Goldendoodle named Fritz, short for Fritzgerald, yes the extra r is intentional and lover, I enjoyed this book and found it somewhat heartwarming As a book lover I recognize this book as cute but insubstantial and ultimately cloying than inspirational It s easy to read fluff that fulfilled its purpose as something to listen to on a road trip to Southern Utah and appease my wife Thoughts I had while listening Dogs can be really annoying most dog owners are awful people I really want to train Fritz to be a search and rescue dog I want to teach Fritz how to open a door with his mouth I don t know if I have the patience to train a puppy again I want to adopt a senior dog Yes, I cried But not really because of an emotional response I cried fully conscious that I was being emotionally manipulated I cried and rolled my eyes simultaneously Now just to brag, these are the tricks spells that Fritz knows Avada Kedavra play dead , Expelliarmus drop it , Wingardium Leviosa up on two legs , Confundo spin in a circle , Accio fetch. Find all of my reviews at s time once a year for my library s Winter Reading Challenge and my chance to score a FREEEEEEEE coffee mug Yes, I am the cheapest date you could ever imagine This year s theme Basically any book that became a movie or television program It turns out this is apparently the list of recommended reads I grab onto each year because I had read a bigly portion of the suggested titles and had less than zero interest in some of the others I had put A Dog s Purpose on the wait list after seeing the preview when I took my kids to see Sing a movie everyone else apparently loved but I thought was super My eternal hold finally ended and it was my turn at the perfect time so I read this book on Day 1 of the challenge And pretty much looked like The entire flippin time I was reading.The story is about a dog who Was seized with an inexplicable question, a question of purpose This didn t seem like the sort of thing a dog should think about, but I found myself returning to the issue often Why Why did I harder a nagging feeling that as a dog there was something I was supposed to do Which leads to discovering that Of all the things I d ever done, making laugh seemed the most important It was, I reflected, the only thing that gave my life any purpose And then Followed by the dog being reincarnated only to discover This was, I decided, my purpose as a dog, to comfort the boy whenever he needed me And But not only did the dog provide comfort My purpose, my whole life, had been to love him and be with him, to make him happy And oh my god Then the dog came back AGAIN and began to question Could a dog have than one purpose Leading to I was a good dog I had fulfilled my purpose By this point I looked like I had been punched in the face and my family was like But the story wasn t over yet and I bet Kleenex stock prices went through the ROOF this morning I don t often have emotion other than happiness and anger , but when I do everyone should watch the eff out Please note I realize this is not necessarily a good book it s written from a dog s point of view so it s pretty simple and it definitely is designed to make you feel all of the things, but I give zero shits I love dogs and I hate almost all people so it worked great for me honeybadgerdontcare evenrobotscry trollmeandillcutyou Book 1 of 5 in my annual quest for a new mug I bought this book sometime in the past month or so based on several recommendations, it sat on the coffee table as a reminder, yet in all the time I never once read any reviews or previews of the story.This afternoon I picked it up to read around noon and finished it just before 6pm tonight I loved the voice of the dog, through every incarnation, from the very first lines One day it occurred to me that the warm, squeaky, smelly things squirming around next to me were my brothers and sister I was very disappointed W Bruce Cameron pulls back from being overly sentimental with every passing followed by a rebirth that pulls you immediately into the new life and the new situation Emotional Hilarious Thought provoking A Dog s Purpose is about the undying love and bond between man and his best friend, than that it explores the concept of our individual purposes in life and why we are here with humor, although you ll undoubtedly shed a few tears. Prepare your heartstrings I had never bothered to consider that there might be such a thing as a boy, but now that I had found one, I thought it was just about the most wonderful concept in the world Ahhh, snap goes one heartstring right away The I read this book, the fewer heartstrings I had completely touching and absolutely wonderful throughout Cleaning the dishes was where the boy would put a plate of food down and I would lick it It was one of my jobs, but only when Mom wasn t watching If you haven t guessed already, our narrator is a dog but he isn t a typical dog he keeps getting reincarnated Whether it be as Toby, Bailey, Ellie or Buddy, he always finds a way back.He s lived as a stray, as a treasured pet, as a service animal and so much but what he hasn t found was why he has so many lives Why does he keep coming back Could it be thatsomehow, someway, he has a very important purpose Sweet and heartbreaking in his innocence Bailey just wants to find his purpose.If you can t already tell, I absolutely adored this book.I was really impressed with the way the dog s consciousness was handled In the perspective from a dog books I ve read, there s always been plot holes where the dog would understand a difficult or abstract concept but not be able to communicate back to the humans because ofreasons Within this novel, there was a marked difference between what was told to the audience and what Bailey understood For example Bailey s a hero, now Todd s leg took eight stitches At the mention of my name, both Duchess and I froze Dog biscuits, maybe The only thing that kept this from being a 5 star book was the ending It wasn t a terrible ending in fact, it ended better than I thought it would but it just missed its mark for me So much build only for things to quit like that The job of a good dog was ultimately to be with them, remaining by their sides no matter what course their lives might take All I could do now was offer him comfort, the assurance that as he left this life he was not alone but rather was tended by the dog who loved him than anything in the whole world SNAP there goes my last heartstring The Finer Books Club 2018 Reading Challenge A book from an unusual perspectiveBlog Instagram Twitter This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog s search for his purpose over the course of several lives More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life s most basic question Why are we here Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey s search for his new life s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey s journey Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog s many lives, but also a dog s eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man s best friend This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.