Gilbert and Max is a love story. It's a little different from your everyday love story. It's how two pets got a couple together. In a short period of time, lives were changed. Not just the two main characters, Jonathan Matthew Brown, known as John, and Patricia Ann Johnson, known as Patty. It would change the neighbors in the ordinary neighborhood and John's family back in Texas. As well as the person that is writing the book. The writer of the book is telling the story as it was told to her by Patty and John when she was living with them and beyond. She also uses some of their phrases in the writing of the book. Patty was a widow. Her husband had passed away before John moved into the neighborhood. Patty lived there most of her married life. John was a businessman that didn't have a nine-to-five job. He could come and go as he pleased. He would stay to himself. He wasn't who the neighbors thought he was. It was a spring storm that caused the story to come about. That's when Gilbert made Patty notice John. Gilbert was Patty's cat. John had been walking Max, John's dog, when the storm hit. It wasn't then when they got together. It was a few months later before anything really happened. Life would never be the same for anyone.