Book Review: Marley and Me
It’s been a while since I picked up a book that I could not stop reading and I am grateful that during one of my flights I decided to pick up John Grogan’s best seller Marley and Me.
Marley and Me ‘life and love with the worlds worst dog’, is a story about John’s young life with his wife Jenny and their neurotic yellow lab name Marley. The story stems away from mainstream books about dogs and their owners, instead John describes their life with Marley in the most honest way.
Marley and Me is so well written that it pulls you in, as if you were part of their family and their journey, the journey of their young love, the heartbreak and joys of raising a family, and the frustrations and hilarity of living with Marley.
Marley, a young yellow puppy who quickly grew into a ninety-seven pound Labrador retriever had a few issues. From attention deficit disorder, to devouring couches and dry wall, from eating jewelry and dragging restaurant tables across the town, he inevitably got classifies as the worst dog ever. He was so bad, that at one point he got kicked out of obedience school. Despite all his flaws, Marley showed tremendous loyalty and love, he went about his life with joy and full of happiness, showing John and the family what really matters in life.
This book is not just for dog owners or lovers. It is for everyone who is looking for a true and honest read with laughter, love and tears. I recommend you pick one up today. But I warn you, don’t make the same mistake as me by reading the last few chapters of the book in a public place. I was on a flight to Vancouver and literally had to put the book down after every sentence as I could not stop crying. Throughout the whole book, I was emotionally invested that by the time I got near the end, I couldn’t hide my emotions.
The best seller is also a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston set to release on Christmas Day. Here’s a preview of Marley and Me the movie.