Tuesday 11 August 2015

Reviewed: Waiting for Doggo by Mark B. Mills

Waiting for Doggo is published in paperback by Headline on August 13, 2015.

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book to review via Bookbridgr.

Sequel please.

Waiting for Doggo is one of those books I’ve never stopped hearing good things about – so I was looking forward to meeting Doggo myself and seeing what all the fuss was about. Unlike what I had been expecting, the story focuses more on the life of Doggo’s owner, Daniel, rather than Doggo himself but that wasn’t a bad thing for me, I enjoyed seeing Daniel’s character grow and his feelings on the scruffy, unattractive dog he has ended up with change throughout the course of the book.

The book opens with a letter from Clara who has written to Daniel listing all his shortcomings and dumping him, and Doggo, just like that. Doggo is the dog Clara had convinced herself might make their relationship work better but that wasn’t the case. Daniel had no interest in Doggo and his relationship with Clara was well past its best anyway. It’s easy for the reader to see that they were both better off without each other. But Daniel wouldn’t really return poor Doggo to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, would he?

Ok, I don’t care how hairless or ugly we were told Doggo was. He was so cute and loveable. Doggo was an easy character to fall for and he made me smile endlessly. All his little quirks and mannerisms were very endearing, like how he appeared to have fallen desperately in love with Jennifer Aniston as we see him grow attached to anywhere he could catch a glimpse of her. When he starts growing fonder of Daniel, and we see him trying to snuggle up to his new owner and want to spend more time with him, he was super adorable and even though I didn’t think I was mad keen on dogs, I wanted my very own Doggo. Doggo’s moments in this book were my favourite and I would have loved seeing him involved even more. Of course, I’m hopeful we will see more Doggo in the sequel I am requesting (pleading for).

Daniel is not the easiest of characters to get along with but actually I did warm to him quite quickly. Working in advertising, we do see that people are not afraid to step on each other to get to where they want to be. I really enjoyed reading the work aspect to Waiting for Doggo – all the brainstorming of ideas for wacky advertisements brought some humour, as well as the competitive dynamics between Daniel and his colleagues. As with any fictional workplace environment, there are characters you’re not going to like and there were a couple I was really hoping to see get their comeuppance. But there were also characters I did like such as Ralph, who was witty and enthusiastic, and Edie, who worked her way into the story nicely. I felt like character development was a strong point to the author’s writing.

Through Daniel somehow managing to be allowed to take Doggo to work with him, he grows more attached to his dog and though Daniel is typically all casual and good at taking life how it comes, he soon finds himself becoming much more defensive and protective over Doggo and his pet has an effortless way of teaching him about love, loyalty and friendship. Doggo’s characteristics and personality shine through and you can’t help but love him. There is a bit of a light romance and as well, a more serious strand to this book but everything seems to lead back to how Doggo can make lives better, just by being there. Waiting for Doggo is funny, original and very uplifting.

Quick, feel-good story about Doggo, the scruffy, balding dog who will steal your heart


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