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A Dog's Purpose

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

120 out of 126 people found this review helpful.

What a treasure. Amazing, uplifting, life changing.

I have a friend who works in a book store who has never once offered me an "advance reader copy" of a book, but that changed with A Dog's Purpose. "You have to read this NOW" she told me. So I was lucky enough to read this amazing novel before its release, and I could...
I have a friend who works in a book store who has never once offered me an "advance reader copy" of a book, but that changed with A Dog's Purpose. "You have to read this NOW" she told me. So I was lucky enough to read this amazing novel before its release, and I couldn't agree more. You should RUN to get this book, it is simply one of the most amazing novels of all time. I've never read a book in my life where I am so immediately sure that 100 years from now people will still be talking about this book, it is the "To Kill a Mockingbird" of our time, the novel that will define what literature could be and was during the first years of this century.

The plot sounds simple: a wonderful dog has successive lives, reborn again and again, certain that the reason it keeps having new lives is because it has some purpose to fulfill. I say "it" because the dog is both a female and male during its lives, but by the end you will become so attached to the character of this canine, so fascinated and enthralled and in love with him/her, you will wish this book didn't have to end.

But it isn't simple, anymore than life is simple: this is a rich, deep, complex story, a story that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.

Disclosure: I loved "Marley & Me" and I love "The Art of Racing in the Rain," so obviously I like dog books. But this is no ordinary dog book. It completely redefines "dog book" and goes where neither of those two books ever went--into the soul of the dog, into the heart of the dog.

I'm worried I'm not doing this book justice. But I'm not THAT worried, because the great novels of history always prevail and this is one of those. Other dog books eventually fade away, but A Dog's Purpose is forever.

I probably will read this book at least once a year for the rest of my life.

posted by Maddy_Phillips on June 19, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

This is probably the best book I've ever read.

There is a reason that this has 5 solid stars. It's because it's a fantastic read. Thank you W. Bruce Cameron. Brought me lots of laughter, tears & memories of my good old dogs over the years. I borrowed this on my nook through the Lend Me feature at Barnes & Noble and ...
There is a reason that this has 5 solid stars. It's because it's a fantastic read. Thank you W. Bruce Cameron. Brought me lots of laughter, tears & memories of my good old dogs over the years. I borrowed this on my nook through the Lend Me feature at Barnes & Noble and wanted to thank you and the publisher for this. I am purchasing the ebook today and will loan it out immediately and I'm sure whomever gets it, will do the same thing. My boys will be getting the hardback for Christmas. A complete joy to read and I didn't want it to end. Again, thank you.

posted by crabsomatic on September 30, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    GURR

    U ROLE PLAYING PEOPLE NEED TO KNOCK IT OFF! GET A JOB KISS A GIRL DO SOMETHING! THIS IS FOR REVIEWS AND REVIEWS ONLY! READ THE BUTTON THAT SAYS WRITE A REVIEW! NOT RIGHT A WHOLE FLUFFIN BOOK! FIND A CHATROOM OR SOMETHING WHERE PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANT TO READ THIS KINDA JUNK!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Avekit

    Didnt reallyget the concept of this book. I didnt really enjoy and or understand how the story was told through the eyes of a puppy. Dont like book.

    2 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Excellent Story, a Must Read!

    This book keyed into all of my emotions. The story always keeps you on your toes, and wondering what will happen next. It also makes a person aware of just how much a part of our lives our dogs really are and what an impact they have on our lives. I highly recommend this book. I am purchasing the sequel, "A Dogs Journey".

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Sad and depressing - skip this one. Bought this read for a long

    Sad and depressing - skip this one.

    Bought this read for a long flight and was looking to something light and uplifting but what an unpleasant surprise. Not even worth 1 star. Wanted to stop reading after the first chapter but kept on hoping it would be better.... it wasn't.

    There is nothing enjoyable reading about dogs that are unwanted, living in poor conditions, injuries from pit bulls, and being euthanized because of a broken leg or being sick. Plus, you have to keep reading about the same dog having different lives and know that he is going to be killed or die anyway. It made me anxious just reading it wondering what bad thing would happen to the dog next. Not sure what there is to rave about with this one. How do I get my money back?

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Too Expensive on the Nook!

    I would love to read this book on my nook, but refuse to pay more for a downloaded book than I can purchase an actual book. There is no excuse for this to happen!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Awful ! Awful and tragic!

    Dont buy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    To Homeless pup

    Im homeless too. Im just a month younger than you. Im hurting just like you. Lets be friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Dee Gorgous ;)

    I love dogs but.......not this sample -_-

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    For crybabies

    I know the author since i was little and like she hates u

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    RIP OFF

    I dowloaded the whole bookand it only gave me 37 Fuc*ing pages

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    I don't get it...

    As a dog lover, I don't know how it's possible to not be drawn into this book

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    ...

    This stupid clan is a disgrace to warriors.

    0 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    Not for me!

    I barely got thru the first chapter before I decided, 'No way, Jose'! I love dogs and other kinds of domestic pets as much as anyone, but I can't imagine them 'thinking' like us humans -- which is one of the reasons I love them so much. Obviously, tho, from reading all manner of rapturous praise for this story on your readers online Review pages, (which is why I decided to buy this book) I'm in the very, very minority. Guess that's what makes horse races. Right?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Beware - Silly Book Best Left for Kids

    This book is written in first person by a dog. Read some of the passages first before buying. I found it simplistic, boring and a story I might read to my elementary school kids. Here's what you will learn: dogs want to be loved and love in return.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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