Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

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Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen ...

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Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good -- Marley was expelled.

But just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley remained a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Marley & Me is John Grogan's funny, unforgettable tribute to this wonderful, wildly neurotic Lab and the meaning he brought to their lives.

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Marley: 100 pounds of unbridled canine exuberance and unrelenting mischief. Marley: proud owner of a tail that could, with metronome-like regularity, clear coffee tables and topple unsuspecting toddlers. Marley: noble member of a breed famous for its ability to guide the blind, who's declared "untrainable" and bounced out of obedience class. A perfect dog? Maybe not. But when they plucked him from a litter 13 years ago, John Grogan and his new wife gamely set out on an adventure that would change their lives forever.

As a puppy, this whirling dervish with huge golden paws and an enormous head jumps, chews, careens, and goes nuclear at the first rumble of thunder. With his uncontainable energy, Marley isn't exactly the calm, attentive, obedient Lab the Grogans had hoped for. As the years pass and the family grows, Marley teaches his owners hard lessons in patience. His neurotic behavior, though mellowed over time, becomes a lasting and finally acceptable characteristic, and his loyalty and love enrich the Grogans' own notions of friendship and responsibility.

Joyfully infectious, Marley & Me is a loving valentine to one dog and his unquenchable spirit. John Grogan has captured their journey together, and in this delightfully moving story, has set the bar high for dog owners everywhere. (Holiday 2005 Selection)
Janet Maslin
Mr. Grogan knew the workings of Marley's mind. He makes that abundantly clear in Marley and Me, a very funny valentine to all those four-legged "big, dopey, playful galumphs that seemed to love life with a passion not often seen in this world." It's a book with intense but narrow appeal, strictly limited to anyone who has ever had, known or wanted a dog.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Labrador retrievers are generally considered even-tempered, calm and reliable-and then there's Marley, the subject of this delightful tribute to one Lab who doesn't fit the mold. Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife, Jenny, were newly married and living in West Palm Beach when they decided that owning a dog would give them a foretaste of the parenthood they anticipated. Marley was a sweet, affectionate puppy who grew into a lovably naughty, hyperactive dog. With a light touch, the author details how Marley was kicked out of obedience school after humiliating his instructor (whom Grogan calls Miss Dominatrix) and swallowed an 18-karat solid gold necklace (Grogan describes his gross but hilarious "recovery operation"). With the arrival of children in the family, Marley became so incorrigible that Jenny, stressed out by a new baby, ordered her husband to get rid of him; she eventually recovered her equilibrium and relented. Grogan's chronicle of the adventures parents and children (eventually three) enjoyed with the overly energetic but endearing dog is delivered with great humor. Dog lovers will love this account of Grogan's much loved canine. Agent, Laurie Abkemeier. (On sale Oct. 25) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Okay, maybe he chewed things and ran into screen doors, but Marley also taught Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Grogan the meaning of love. Morrow's big hit at BEA. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Maudlin, embarrassing ode to a pooch. The author and his wife still qualified as newlyweds-they'd been married just over a year-when they decided to adopt a dog. Jenny, who had recently killed a houseplant (a "lovely large dieffenbachia with emerald-and-cream variegated leaves"), thought she needed to brush up on her maternal skills before she tried to have a baby. Hence Marley, a lovable Labrador retriever. John adores the reggae tempo of Marley's tail-wagging and enjoys playing tug-of-war with him. Within a few weeks, the Grogans felt confident about their caretaking ability and tossed their birth control in the trash. Jenny got pregnant, but miscarried; she embraced not only John but also Marley in her grief. And on it went: Marley got kicked out of obedience class. He developed a fear of thunder, which the Grogans discussed seriously with a vet. When the Grogans went on a trip, they left a six-page memo about Marley's care with the colleague who agreed to dog-sit. (Blessedly, the author only reproduces three-and-a-half of those pages here.) Marley appeared in a movie, The Last Home Run. Jenny got pregnant again-maybe it was because Marley sometimes lolled around in bed with the Grogans during their basal-temperature-ovulation-calendar-we-must-have-sex-right-this-second drill-sessions-and ultimately carried two pregnancies to term. But it feels as if Grogan has mistaken Marley for his first baby. He's like those people who prattle on about every single blessed thing their kids do-except in this case, it's a dog. Marley died at age 13, and the book ends with the Grogans thinking of adopting another puppy. Please, no sequels! Only the most alarmingly devoted dog lovers should bother withthis one.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“[Marley & Me] took my breath away. I laughed. I cried. . . . What a gift…immortalizing a dog who will always hold a very special place in the hearts of each family member.”
“[Marley & Me] rises above some others of its topic thanks to Grogan’s healthy dose of self-deprecating humor.”
Daily Mail (London)
“Marley, meanwhile, is teaching America something about values—something that perhaps only a really bad dog with a really true heart can teach.”
Janet Maslin
“A very funny valentine...Marley & Me tenderly follows its subject from sunrise to sunset...with hilarity and affection.”
Richard Roeper
“If you know someone who claims there’s not a book in the world that can make him cry, give him this one. It won’t even matter if he’s not a dog lover. He’ll cry anyway. Trust me.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419396281
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/5/2006
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

John Grogan is the author of the #1 international bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other, and three #1 best-selling picture books: Bad Dog, Marley!, A Very Marley Christmas, and Marley Goes to School. John lives with his wife and their three children in the Pennsylvania countryside.

John Grogan ha sido un premiado reportero gráfico y columnista por más de veinticinco años. Vive en Pensilvania con su esposa Jenny y sus tres hijos.


Classifying a writer as an "overnight success years in the making" is something of a cliché, but in John Grogan's case, that designation is undeniably accurate. In fact, his claim that it took him twenty-five years to get to the point where his debut novel hit #10 on the coveted New York Times Bestseller List in its first week and amazingly was already in its twelfth printing after a mere seven weeks on the shelves, doesn't even provide the complete picture. If one takes into account the fact that Grogan has been a devoted and disciplined writer since he began keeping a journal as a young boy, his tale reads more like an overnight success story a lifetime in the making.

Perhaps most impressive of all is the book that became a whirlwind sensation as soon as it was released. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog is a simple, lovingly rendered memoir about a man and his dog -- not exactly the stuff of lurid controversy. However, it is a testament to the universal power of a personal, witty, honest remembrance that Marley & Me has become such a smash success. It's not just any book that manages to get a "thumbs up" from Janet Maslin, famed literary critic of the New York Times. "Mr. Grogan knew the workings of Marley's mind," she observed in her career-making write up. "He makes that abundantly clear in Marley & Me, a very funny valentine to all those four-legged ‘big, dopey, playful galumphs that seemed to love life with a passion not often seen in this world.'"

Throughout the memoir, Marley manages to get into all manners of mischief -- from smashing and trashing the Grogan home in a variety of ways, to ruining friendly get togethers with his excessive drooling, to embarking on canine panty raids. Throughout it all, the 97-pound Labrador retriever is never anything less than lovable, and Grogan and his wife Jenny display nearly saint-like patience for Marley's rowdy tendencies -- well, they do at least most of the time.

Although humor plays a tremendous role in Grogan's immensely entertaining shaggy dog story (sorry about that, folks), he also uses Marley's misadventures as a means for relating his own story, which isn't always a delightful romp. The reader is carried through tough times in the Grogan household, such as the miscarriage of their first child. However, Marley's presence makes such moments of heartache a bit more bearable for both the young couple and the reader.

Grogan credits his ability to vividly recount such key moments in his life to his decades of devoted journal keeping. "I've been a faithful journal keeper since grade school," Grogan confided, "and many of my published pieces got their start as rough journal entries... Many readers have asked how I remembered detailed moments and dialogue in Marley & Me. I didn't. Many of those scenes came directly out of lengthy journal entries I had written within hours of the event, and that's what I credit for giving those scenes their immediacy."

Marley & Me has undeniably struck a massive chord with dog lovers and critics alike. The accolades this modest memoir has received are truly impressive; Booklist deemed it "A warm, friendly -memoir-with-dog" and Publishers Weekly concurred that "Dog lovers will love this account of Grogan's much loved canine." And let us not forget about that crucial blessing from the New York Times. Not bad for a first-effort that is essentially the story of a "boy" and his dog.

"It took me 25 years to find my way here, but the last few months have been like a rollercoaster ride," says Grogan. "I'm holding on for dear life and watching, with equal parts exhilaration and terror, where it will take me."

Good To Know

A few fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Grogan:

"Before moving to Pennsylvania in 1999, I played bass in a newsroom rock band in South Florida for several years. The band was comprised of reporters and writers from my paper, the Sun-Sentinel, and the Miami Herald. Fortunately for me, everyone else was considerably better than I was, which allowed us to get paying gigs in clubs and bars. On many nights we sounded pretty bad, but occasionally, when all the pistons were firing in unison, when the gods of rhythm and harmony were smiling down, we actually rocked. It was enough to make me believe in magic. Those moments remain some of the best and most fun of my life."

"Along with my technology-suspicious friend, Dave, I'm a Luddite in Training. Even though I'm totally dependent on modern electronic gizmos, from my laptop to my iPod to my cell phone, I love to embrace old technology or no technology at all. I collect old rusty hand tools and sharpen and polish them, then use them to build things out of walnut and cherry that I harvest from fallen trees in the woods. I keep chickens in the backyard for their fresh eggs and would have a goat instead of a lawnmower if I thought I could get away with it. I garden without synthetic inputs and take great joy in turning old potato peelings and coffee grinds into compost. I'm the crazy man in the neighborhood who favors a scythe (you know, like the grim reaper carries) over a gasoline-powered weed whacker. Besides being an efficient cutting tool, the scythe is great for scaring away nettlesome youngsters on Devil's Night."

"I'm pathologically incapable of making decisions. Just ask my wife how long it took me to propose -- on second thought, best not to bring it up. You don't want to be with me while I'm trying to order at a Chinese restaurant. Sometimes, a guy just can't choose between the cashew chicken and the sweet and sour."

"In my first week in my first newspaper job out of college, I was a green-as-could-be 21-year-old, I was sent out to write about a murder victim whose body was found several days after it had been dumped in the woods. It was a hot June and the smell was horrendous. Flies were buzzing everywhere. I grew up in a quiet little suburban town on a lake outside Detroit; I'd never seen anything more horrific than a flattened chipmunk, and now here in front of me was this poor, decomposing man. I stood around with the cops, waiting for the coroner to show up and trying to look nonchalant. A veteran state trooper looked down at my brand-new suede shoes I had bought for the new job, and said, ‘You can kiss those goodbye. They'll never lose this smell.' And he was right. I don't know how or when or where, but with all of you as my witnesses, I vow that scene will someday end up in a book."

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    1. Hometown:
      Emmaus, Pennsylvania
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 20, 1957
    2. Place of Birth:
      Detroit, Michigan
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Journalism and English, Central Michigan University, 1979; M.A. in Journalism, The Ohio State University, 1986
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Marley & Me

Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
By John Grogan

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 John Grogan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060817089

Chapter One

And Puppy Makes Three

We were young. We were in love. We were rollicking in those sublime early days of marriage when life seems about as good as life can get. We could not leave well enough alone. And so on a January evening in 1991, my wife of fifteen months and I ate a quick dinner together and headed off to answer a classified ad in the Palm Beach Post.

Why we were doing this, I wasn't quite sure. A few weeks earlier I had awoken just after dawn to find the bed beside me empty. I got up and found Jenny sitting in her bathrobe at the glass table on the screened porch of our little bungalow, bent over the newspaper with a pen in her hand.

There was nothing unusual about the scene. Not only was the Palm Beach Post our local paper, it was also the source of half of our household income. We were a two-newspaper-career couple. Jenny worked as a feature writer in the Post's "Accent" section; I was a news reporter at the competing paper in the area, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, based an hour south in Fort Lauderdale. We began every morning poring over the newspapers, seeing how our stories were played and how they stacked up to the competition. We circled, underlined, and clipped with abandon.

But on this morning, Jenny's nose was not in the news pages but in the classified section. When I stepped closer, I saw she was feverishly circling beneath the heading "Pets -- Dogs."

"Uh," I said in that new-husband, still-treading-gently voice. "Is there something I should know?"

She did not answer.


"It's the plant," she finally said, her voice carrying a slight edge of desperation.

"The plant?" I asked.

"That dumb plant," she said. "The one we killed."

The one we killed? I wasn't about to press the point, but for the record it was the plant that I bought and she killed. I had surprised her with it one night, a lovely large dieffenbachia with emerald-and-cream variegated leaves. "What's the occasion?" she'd asked. But there was none. I'd given it to her for no reason other than to say, "Damn, isn't married life great?"

She had adored both the gesture and the plant and thanked me by throwing her arms around my neck and kissing me on the lips. Then she promptly went on to kill my gift to her with an assassin's coldhearted efficiency. Not that she was trying to; if anything, she nurtured the poor thing to death. Jenny didn't exactly have a green thumb. Working on the assumption that all living things require water, but apparently forgetting that they also need air, she began flooding the dieffenbachia on a daily basis.

"Be careful not to overwater it," I had warned.

"Okay," she had replied, and then dumped on another gallon.

The sicker the plant got, the more she doused it, until finally it just kind of melted into an oozing heap. I looked at its limp skeleton in the pot by the window and thought, Man, someone who believes in omens could have a field day with this one.

Now here she was, somehow making the cosmic leap of logic from dead flora in a pot to living fauna in the pet classifieds. Kill a plant, buy a puppy. Well, of course it made perfect sense.

I looked more closely at the newspaper in front of her and saw that one ad in particular seemed to have caught her fancy. She had drawn three fat red stars beside it. It read: "Lab puppies, yellow. AKC purebred. All shots. Parents on premises."

"So," I said, "can you run this plant-pet thing by me one more time?"

"You know," she said, looking up. "I tried so hard and look what happened. I can't even keep a stupid houseplant alive. I mean, how hard is that? All you need to do is water the damn thing."

Then she got to the real issue: "If I can't even keep a plantalive, how am I ever going to keep a baby alive?" She looked like she might start crying.

The Baby Thing, as I called it, had become a constant in Jenny's life and was getting bigger by the day. When we had first met, at a small newspaper in western Michigan, she was just a few months out of college, and serious adulthood still seemed a far distant concept. For both of us, it was our first professional job out of school. We ate a lot of pizza, drank a lot of beer, and gave exactly zero thought to the possibility of someday being anything other than young, single, unfettered consumers of pizza and beer.

But years passed. We had barely begun dating when various job opportunities -- and a one-year postgraduate program for me -- pulled us in different directions across the eastern United States. At first we were one hour's drive apart. Then we were three hours apart. Then eight, then twenty-four. By the time we both landed together in South Florida and tied the knot, she was nearly thirty. Her friends were having babies. Her body was sending her strange messages. That once seemingly eternal window of procreative opportunity was slowly lowering.

I leaned over her from behind, wrapped my arms around her shoulders, and kissed the top of her head. "It's okay," I said. But I had to admit, she raised a good question. Neither of us had ever really nurtured a thing in our lives. Sure, we'd had pets growing up, but they didn't really count. We always knew our parents would keep them alive and well. We both knew we wanted to one day have children, but was either of us really up for the job? Children were so . . . so . . . scary. They were helpless and fragile and looked like they would break easily if dropped.


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Table of Contents

Preface: The Perfect Dog     ix
And Puppy Makes Three     1
Running with the Blue Bloods     11
Homeward Bound     15
Mr. Wiggles     23
The Test Strip     33
Matters of the Heart     39
Master and Beast     51
A Battle of Wills     59
The Stuff Males Are Made Of     71
The Luck of the Irish     81
The Things He Ate     93
Welcome to the Indigent Ward     103
A Scream in the Night     113
An Early Arrival     123
A Postpartum Ultimatum     135
The Audition     149
In the Land of Bocahontas     163
Alfresco Dining     175
Lightning Strikes     185
Dog Beach     195
A Northbound Plane     207
In the Land of Pencils     217
Poultry on Parade     227
The Potty Room     237
Beating the Odds     249
Borrowed Time     257
The Big Meadow     265
Beneath the Cherry Trees     273
The Bad Dog Club     281
Acknowledgments     291
A Note from theAuthor     293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2008

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    The Unforgettable Journey of a Man's Best Friend

    The book "Marley and Me" is a wonderful book that has touched the hearts of many readers. Josh and Jenny Grogan both had wonderful memories of their childhood dog's and would like to add an addition to their new family. They end up getting a cute, bubbly, Labrador retriever, and naming him Marley.Even on the first night Marley shows the Grogan's who is in charge by not letting them put him in the garage. Marley is not like any other dog, he is a wild, house destroying dog. Marley shows the family that they should be careful what they wish for. Marley is a wild dog that destroys the house numerous times, chews up everything, and slobbers everywhere, and not to mention runs away from home. Marley is an untouchable dog and was even kicked out of puppy training classes. Marley is an wild, lovable dog that is part of the Grogan family. "Marley and Me" is a touching story about a lovable dog who makes his way into the hearts of the Grogan family. Even through all of Marley's "outburts" the Grogan family loves him not matte what.Marley loves the family he has and he would do anything to protect his family. One thing about "Marley and Me" that might not be pleasing to others is it tends to drag some parts out. Overall "Marley and Me" is a wonderful book and if you are an animal lover or not you should pick up a copy and read about the fun, lovable, crazy dog Marley. This fun outgoing dog will also make it into the hearts of your family.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    A "tail" like no other!

    Marley and me, by John Grogan is a hilarious, exciting, and heartwarming story about a young couples journey to start a family. John and Jenny decide it's time to get some practice at taking care of something, and both, growing up with dogs, felt it was a perfect idea to get one. Marley was what they decided to name this male yellow lab that looked so innocent, but grew to be a crazy, destroying, and yet protective dog. This book is great for all ages and dog or any pet lovers. This book really shows how dogs, even wild and crazy ones, can grow on people and really become a true member of their family.

    I think Marley and Me is a great story with really good details about how Marley acts and looks. Also, the author makes you feel like you are there with John and Jenny and you can picture the rooms Marley destroyed. I feel like I am the one that has just been tackled by Marley and licked on the face. I don't even have a dog but I can tell how the family really loves that animal and how he is such a huge part of there family. The only thing about this book I don't really like is at some parts the author seems to drag on and on about something which makes it boring at some points. Besides that I loved this book overall because of everything it made me feel. It made me laugh, smile, and at some times it even made me cry. This book also won the 2006 Quill book award. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone about 9 and older, its very interesting and I couldn't put the book down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

    Marley and Me

    Marley and Me, by John Grogan is a practical and entertaining book. It made me feel many emotions, happiness to sadness. Marley, the Labrador retriever, is full of energy and sometimes trouble but at the end of the day he is fun, loving, and caring. In the middle of the book, Marley, John, and Jenny hear a scream from a girl that was stabbed. This makes a side of Marley come out that John has never seen. Marley stands in a fighter's position. His fur bristled and his jaw clenched ready to fight. Marley shows many sides of him in this book that make you smile, laugh, and sometimes be scared. This book is humorous and heartfelt. In the beginning of the book Jenny and John had no idea what they were in for, but everything was an experience. Marley is a dog that everyone wishes they had except when he destroys the garage or eats Jenny's gold necklace. The book talks about many rough times and times that will always be remembered. Later on in the book, John and Jenny's three kids, Patrick, Conner, and Colleen share memorable times with Marley. They all grew up with him in there lives so everyone had a special connection with him. I enjoyed how realistic the author wrote this book and the love he put into it. The writing was amazing and you just want to keep reading after every chapter. I would recommend this book to teenagers, adults, dog lovers, or anyone looking for humor or entertainment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2009

    An Unforgettable Story Follows The Adventures of the Worlds Worst Dog

    I have read many books and rarely have I cried while reading them. This book definitely catches you and takes your breath away. Normally I have to force myself to read a book but when I get a really good one, all I want to do is read. I never put Marley and Me down. Every spilt second I got I would read another one of Marley's hilarious adventures. This book was one that you get attached to and hope it's never going to end. One of the reasons I loved this book so much was because it was based on a true story and obviously was reality. If you are a mom, dad, child, or whatever, you can find a way to relate this family to yours, which makes it so much more enjoyable. It is also full of relationships and about being there for each other in bad and good times. Not only were there stories of things the dog did, but also the hardships of starting a family, becoming new parents, and having such a large family that it is very stressful. It was so stressful that they had a hard time finding a spilt second to smile at someone. The book was full of stories and was never boring. After you laughed at one story, you would begin another. Another reason this book is so touching is because we can relate to it as pet owners. Sure we can relate to the family but when you can think about all of the other times your dog has done something like that or maybe something worse, it just really makes you reflect back on your life. This book changes your perspective of the way you view dogs and how you care for them. Sometimes, they can just be something else to take care of and it gets annoying when they won't leave you alone. This is exactly what Marley did but the Grogans came to understand that that is how Marley is loyal. They never leave your side. You come to realize how special and adorable dogs really are and you begin to give them more attention. You never realize how quickly old age comes on, but the Grogans show that you need to cherish every moment because before you know it, the dog will be gone. The detail in this book is phenomenal! You get so attached to Marley because you feel like you have been there his whole life watching him grow up. When it was his time to go, I broke into tears. At the end of the book you almost feel like you have lost a close family of yours. Not only do you lose the dog, but also you feel like you have grown up in the Grogans home and that you know them personally. Marley and Me will take your breath away and make you fall into a fantastic daydream of how great life would be like with Marley.

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    This Book Is Very Touching, Sweet, and Awesome! Thank you John Grogan for having Marley Made Into a Book!

    This book made me cry. It was an awesome book. I would even recomend this book for a child. That's how great of a book this is. Great for any age. That's how awesome this book is. You may love this book as much as I do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    A Great Book

    I just finished Marley and Me and could relate so much to the story. It is one that you don't want to put down. John Grogan is a wonderful writer and knows how to capitivate your attention to the fullest. I also recommend his other book "The Long Trip Home". It is also one that is easy to relate to also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2009

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    When I read this book, I was just blown away! I know it's bad to see the movie first, but I did. I loved the movie, but when I read the book, I was amazed! It was sooo much better than I expected it to be! From the beginning of the story to the end, you just end up falling in love with Marley, just how John and Jenny did. When Marley passes away (that does not give away the ending of the book because all living things have to move on), I started crying! I was amazed at how much Marley kind of grew on me! Well done, John Grogan! This book is definitely one of my favorites and I intend to read it again!

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

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    A very touching, heart-warming story about mans best friend, and how a crazy, fun loving dog brings a family together.

    The Book "Marley and Me" is a wonderful book. It is about the Grogan family, who had been looking to get a pure breed dog, that will be fun and loving, and possibly even a winner in a national dog show. When the Grogan family gets this pup, they name it Marley, in honor of Bob Marley (a famous jamacian singer). After having this dog for just a few weeks, they find that Marley is anything but a pure breed. He chews up their personal belongings, he runs off, and he makes HUGE messes in the house. But in the end, Marley brings this family together, because of what Marley put them through. <BR/> One thing i didn't really like all to much about this book, was that to me i found it to be somewhat slow. I really liked how the author really explained all of the things that Marley did, which to me was what made it such a witty, funny book, yet also very heart-warming. I think that the major message in this book is that no matter what life puts you through,family is always the number one most important thing to think about. This would really be a wonderful book to read for anyone, it is a great book to read on a really relaxed "inside" day.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

    It was a great easy read!

    So fun and heart warming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2008

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    Marley and Me by: John Grogan

    Marley and Me was a very touching book about as very loving but high strung dog. Marley has lots of energy but is confined to the garage while his owners John and Jenny work for most of the day. Since Marley thinks he is the alfa dog he is very hard to train. John works with him every chance he gets, but that still isn't enough. John and Jenny have many disagreements on how to raise Marley but they worked through there problems and Marley brought them closer together. This book was very well written. I could picture what was going on in the book because it was so descriptive. Even though this book had a lot detailed it tended to drag on in some parts. I think anyone who loves dogs should read this book. It has a very good message and is very funny too. I would also recommend the book The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the way John writes. Overall I would give this book a 4/5 rating because it was entertaining and funny too. This book has a good message and is a very touching story too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2008


    This book is wonderful. Grogan shows you how a dog truly becomes apart of your life and your family.Loved every page.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    Loved the book

    I started reading this book Friday night and now Monday morning I have finished it. I could not put the book down. I have a 9 year old dog that is getting kinda old and when I was reading this book I realized how much I will miss her when she goes and how much it scares me! She is my best friend. Where I go she goes and you can see it in her eyes how much she loves me. I'm going to buy the child version of this book for my 10 and 6 year old daughters. If you love dogs you have to buy this book. Make sure you have tissues. You will laugh until you almost wet yourself and you will cry. I can't wait to see the movie when it comes out. I have seen the previews for the movie and while reading the book and remembering the previews makes me want to see the movie more than ever. Please read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2008

    Loved it

    I just finished reading "Marly & Me." I have a labrador retriever of my own, which is the main reason I had originally picked this book up off the shelf. I caught myself laughing at the book because the way the author describes his dog, it sounds like my dog to a 'T!'<BR/><BR/>If you're a dog lover, read it. <BR/>If you're not a dog lover, read it anyway. <BR/>You won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    I read the book Marley and Me, and it was one of the best books

    I read the book Marley and Me, and it was one of the best books ever.
    This book is a family book and relates to a lot of other people who own dogs. The book is detailed really well and gives a mental image of what is actually going on in the book. It made me feel like I was actually being run over by Marley; and then, he jumps on me and starts to lick my face. I can relate really well with this book because I have a English Mastiff that is tannish yellow color and has a black face, he is also really big, a lot bigger than Marley, but still acts like a puppy. This book, in my mind, is the best book in the world to relate to. It is amazing!
    To sum up my thoughts, I would recommend this to anybody that likes animals or family books to read this book. Even if you don&rsquo;t like dogs, it is an amazing book.
    I would give this book five stars in my opinion, because it is so detailed and descriptive of what is actually happening. You can create a perfect image of what Marley is destroying, stealing, or slobbering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012


    Almodt but i thjnk the begining is they dont need to explain their marrage and stuff

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Great Book!

    Marley and Me is a great book that follows the life of the Grogan family and Marley, the yellow Labrador Retriever that the Grogan family adopts. This book highlights all of the hilarious moments in the family's life with Marley, as well as some of the bad ones, such as when Marley breaks out of a few metal crates because of his anxiety. I think that I liked this book so much because I can relate to it because I have always had a lab growing up as a kid. Marley also reminds me of my black Labrador Retriever, Tess (Who has also broken out of a few crates). This book has many funny moments, such as when Marley is halfway out of the car window walking on the road with his front legs. However, it also has sad moments like when the dog is sick and all the kids are upset. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes animals and laughs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2011


    this book is so amazing. but it reminds me of my dog sammy that got put down. otherwise it was a wonderful book

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

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    For the Dog Lover with a box of tissues!

    Love, Love, LOVE thi book. Anyone who has shared their life with a dog can relate to this book in its entirety.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Pet lover's tale

    This is an absolutely must-have for any pet lover out there. I started to give it away around the time the movie came out - for birthday gifts and stuff - and got the response that everyone liked the book more than the movie!! Totally worth a good tear jerk.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Would recommend to a friend...

    Grogan just has a way with words. His style is simplistic and straightforward, yet beautiful. Anyone who has shared an unbreakable bond with a dog will relate to Grogran's portrayal of their unconditional love. Overall, a very enjoyable read.

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