A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

a dog's purpose by w. bruce cameron

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, this 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, this book 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 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.

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I recently had the chance to reread this book, and I still love it just as much as when I read it the first time. A DOG’S PURPOSE is written like an adult novel but reads for any age. Honestly, if you’re a pet lover, especially if you’re a dog lover, then you should read this book.

I love the plot and set-up of this book because of the narrative. A DOG’S PURPOSE goes through Bailey’s different lives and decisions. It furthers Bailey’s personality at every page, and gives the reader a real look into the challenges that he faces as his lives go on, as well as the decisions that he makes. I really didn’t expect all the insight that I gained while reading this novel, but I managed to fall in love with Bailey (throughout all his lives) and learn something from this novel at the same time.

Overall, I would recommend this book to any pet lover, including middle schoolers. I loved the heart and the humor to this story, and I came to love the world that Cameron set Bailey’s lives in. For some other titles, I would recommend ONE GOOD DOG by Susan Wilson (more adult), Garth Stein’s THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN (more adult), Garth Stein’s RACING IN THE RAIN (more tween/teen) or W. Bruce Cameron’s A DOG’S JOURNEY. 4 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 319

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