Title: City Dog
Author: Alison Pace
Release Date: September 2, 2008
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the back cover:
After her divorce, Amy Dodge thought she’d finally write the next Great American Novel. Instead she’s written a bestselling children’s book series, Run, Carlie, Run! starring her adorable and spirited West Highland White terrier and a dashing (but fictional) Scottish explorer. When Carlie is offered a starring role in her own television show, and the explorer begins to take on a life of his own, Amy’s world takes a surreal turn.
But just when Amy starts thinking it’s a dog’s life after all, she figures out a way to make everything change. And though life in New York isn’t always a walk in the park, it might just take her exactly where she needs to be.
City Dog was one of the cutest books I have read in recent memory. The novel is told from three different points of view: Amy’s, Carlie’s, and Robert Maguire’s, who is actually a made up character from Amy’s books who seems to embody what Amy is looking for in a man. It was an extremely unique setup for the book and worked incredibly well. A story that might have otherwise been slow was engaging and completely entertaining!
I have to say, Carlie was by far my favorite narrator. She was so adorably cute and I couldn’t get over how amusing her voice was. It’s strange to write about a dog as a convincing and loveable narrator, but she really was.
Amy was a well-written character as well. I really sympathized with her – she aspired to write literary fiction and instead was writing children’s books about her dog. Then, she thought she might catch a break with the next big project that came her way, but again, they were much more interested in Carlie than in her. However, Amy never wavers in her devotion to Carlie, and it is really touching how much the little dog means to her. I enjoyed watching Amy’s character develop and begin to reach out to those around her.
The novel itself was short and sweet. The depiction of life in New York City is enjoyable and, with the multiple narrator scheme, the pages really fly by. One thing I did appreciate is that Pace didn’t feel the need to give her narrators equal time speaking in City Dog; Carlie and Robert emerged only when it was necessary. This is a great little book that I definitely recommend; if you’re a dog lover, definitely pick this one up!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review!