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Posted June 18, 2012
Great book to take to the beach
John Steinback once said "I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts." I would say this statement is more true than not. In Dog Days by Elsa Watson this topic is explored when Jessica Sheldon switches bodies with a stray dog, Zoe. Jessica isn't known for her love of the canine species. She works hard at trying to run her failing restaurant. She's really stressed out with life in general. She can't even work up the courage to talk to her long time crush, Max. Zoe is lost. She doesn't remember much about how she got to be lost. She attaches herself to Jessica after she's rescued her from the dog catcher. Unfortunately while walking home they both get struck by lightening and when they both wake up they're in each other's body.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This story is told from two points of view, Jessica and Zoe. I love that Watson made Zoe naive but also intelligent. Zoe doesn't have much of a filter. She says and does whatever she wants. She has to learn what it is to be human. Jessica is in a tougher bind. She's trapped in the body of a dog. She can't speak or communicate. This burden turns out to be a blessing. Jessica gets the opportunity to observe the people around her and it causes her to take a look at herself. She has to learn how to let go of the past and have some fun. Together Jessica and Zoe must learn to trust one another.
Dog Days is like the canine version of Freak Friday. There are lessons to be learned, problems to let go, and an understanding to be made. This is a lighthearted, funny, and entertaining read. Animal lovers will adore this book. If you don't have a dog, you're probably going to go out and adopt one after you read this book.