When I saw the cover of this book, I thought to myself, "You've never liked pugs... why do you want this book?" I think what drew me in was not the cover, but that small paragraph beneath the title:
A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way Home.
Who couldn't love something like that?
Seeing as my family also suffered through a house fire, back in 2011, I know the feelings of loss from such a tragedy. In The Pug List, by Alison Hodgson, their home is set ablaze! They lose it all, and coping seems a long time coming. But because of some persistence, they find a way to get through and come out happy on the other end. They look for a pug.
I am not a non-fictional reader all that much. Real life is cool, but I read to escape the real life, and this book hit close to home. I found the story funny, heart-warming and encouraging, but it didn't really get to the meat of the story, for me, until near the ending. The focus was sorta lost. I even appreciated her hold to faith, but it almost seemed fictional and trite. I didn't find the appreciation I thought I'd feel and it didn't feel serious enough after being attacked in such a way.
The Pug List is sweet and I like it, but not high on my list. Give me the pretend world any day!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Dead Shift is next.
**Book was free from Harper Collins and Blogging for Books, for an honest review.
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