4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Liked this book....but it was not the "next Marley" as it has been billed. There was more narrative than conversation, which I found disconcerting. I grew to love Cleo and I also emphathized with the misfortunes of the family.
Good read for an animal lover....but I liked Dewey better.
3 member(s) found this review helpful.
This is a charming story about a cat that helps a family through all the ups and downs of life over a span of 23 years. This is the family's first cat after having had a dog. Admittedly not "cat people" to begin with, they quickly join the cat lovers of the world. This is as much a book about adjusting to a loss of a child, growing old, marriage and divorce, and starting over again, as it is about a cat.
I also had a cat that lived to 23 years and so I could really identify with the way a cat becomes an integral part of your life story. I can't say that I thoroughly connected with the author. Some topics she covered felt a bit distanced and I sensed that she was purposely avoiding discussing things as though she didn't trust the reader with her emotions. Though it has a cute kitten on the cover, don't be fooled. This book should not be offered to a child due to the adult themes and content.
2 member(s) found this review helpful.
I started this story thinking it was just about a cat and its family, I did not expect the tragedy that hit me in chapter 2. If I had known or realized I likely would not have picked up the book, I was looking for a light read. It was not a light read, but I am glad I read it. It is touching and funny and filled with real life. It is written outside of the US so you need to get used to lingo from Australia and New Zealand, but besides that it is a a real story. One of the few "real" storires I jhave read in a while and I read ALOT of non fiction, but this is the story of everyman. Truly one for all to pick up, cat lover or not, although you just may be a cat lover at the end of this one! MUCH, MUCH MUCH better than Marley and ME!!!!