Review: A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron

  • Series: A Dog’s Purpose (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330345
  • I purchased this book for my review

Description:

A Dog’s Purpose―the #1 New York Times bestseller―is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid. A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky.

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.

Bailey’s story continues in A Dog’s Journey, the charming New York Times and USA Today bestselling direct sequel to A Dog’s Purpose.

A Dog’s Purpose Series
#1 A Dog’s Purpose
#2 A Dog’s Journey

Other A Dog’s Purpose Books
Ellie’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel
Bailey’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel
Molly’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel (forthcoming)

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Other Books
A Dog’s Way Home (forthcoming)
The Dog Master
The Dogs of Christmas
Emory’s Gift

My Review:

I was really looking forward to this story and wanted to read it before it hit the big screen.  I wish that I could say that I enjoyed it as much as I was anticipating, but I just can’t.  While I liked the general purpose of the story, it was so slow.  I had a very difficult time getting into it and even considered making this a did not finish, however I pushed through hoping that it would get better.  Sadly, it did not.  I don’t want to go into it more than that because I think that there are a lot of people out there who would enjoy it, just not me.