Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Book Review: "A Dog's Purpose" by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog's Purpose
Author: W. Bruce Cameron
Publisher: Forge Books
ISBN: 9780765326263
Genre: fiction, animals, dogs

Synopsis (taken from LibraryThing.com)

"This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.

But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose?

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny,
A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose."

My Thoughts:

You don't need to be a dog lover to enjoy this story. Written from the dog's point of view, this is a wonderfully touching story about a dog seeking to fulfill his purpose and doing it until he gets it "right". The dog's voice is one of innocence and felt so realistic, I could just imagine my own dog having the same thoughts and ideas.

"A Dog's Purpose" is a book that had me laughing and crying as it pulled on my heartstrings. I couldn't put the book down and I didn't want it to end. Cameron's prose is so beautifully done and his character will last a long time, if not forever in my heart. Truly one of the best books I've read this year!!

**Parental Note: I found no offensive language or sex - making this is a great book for everyone!**

To learn more about the author, you can visit his website at: http://www.brucecameron.com/ 

This book was sent to me through LibraryThing's ER program for me to honestly review.


  1. This is one of the options for my book club in November. I'm hoping it's the one everyone votes for. If not, I think I'll read it on my own. It sounds good.

  2. My husband read this one and liked it very much too. Here's a link to his review of it:



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