Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult Short Story (Contemporary)
Published: March 10th, 2013
This is a review for the COYER challenge!
Hannah needed a project to get her through the long summer. Signing up at the local animal shelter, she finds exactly what she needs in the sad, lost dog Basil.
She sets her sights on finding his owner, promising him he would be reunited with his family. What she didn’t anticipate was being distracted by her gorgeous co-volunteer, Harry.
Overcoming her inner shyness, Hannah needs to reel in Harry the hottie, find Basil’s owner, and try to be a normal teenager for her mother. And do all this before the summer ends.
Love, paws, and fur balls abound in this fun short story that is bound to make your tail wag. (Goodreads)
This book is exactly what I needed.
I’ve been slipping into a reading/blogging slump for a week or two, and fighting to stay out of it, but I wrote a few poems last week and read this little short story today (along with watching soooooooo much Netflix… and Film Theory…) and I already feel so much better. I love the COYER challenge, but it’s long! I’m going to stick it out till the end. Only a couple of weeks left!
It’s cute, lovable, fun….
Everything you need in a little short story! The author does say as a disclaimer that this book is flash fiction, and is not meant to be a novel. I definitely appreciate that!
The main character is… Well, boring!
I’m not being insulting, just factual! Hannah likes school, along with organized, methodical things, and she enjoys her predictable life. When her mother forces her to get up and out of the house for the summer, she spots a volunteer opportunity at the local animal shelter.
The characters are fairly stereotypical, but in a lovable way.
The guy is the “hottest guy I’ve ever seen that can’t possibly be single” and also happens to be amazing and totally interested in Hannah. But it’s all about the puppies, so it’s all good, right?
The writing is a little choppy at times, but it goes by quickly!
The writing is simply meant to be for a short story. Things happen very quickly, and there’s not too much time spent on minute details. The story is quite cute though, and I’m a sucker for a cute puppy!
Overall, it was fun to read and definitely put a smile on my face.
I really can’t resist puppies. They’re just so cute and fluffy and….
“Oh, am I cute?”