Something that is probably important for you to know before this next review is that I love dogs. I grew up with dogs and currently own two. So when I saw that this book was from the perspective of a dog, I knew I had to read it. So here is my review of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
This book is narrated by a dog and right up front you find out that this is going to be his whole life story. Some people just aren’t going to like the personification of a dog, but I’m guessing if you think that would bother you then you aren’t going to read it. Also since this does cover Enzo’s whole life, I shed a couple tears at the very end.
Now if you couldn’t guess from the title, there is also a lot of talk about racing in this story. I don’t watch NASCAR, probably couldn’t name more than two or three drivers, and really haven’t spent more than a couple minutes ever watching racing on tv. So when Enzo made comparisons to the racing world, I didn’t really follow them all that closely. That was okay though, because as far as I’m concerned this is the story of a dog and his family.
I really liked this book. I’ve never read anything from the perspective of a dog so as far as i’m concerned it’s an original idea. It’s not the most realistic plot you’ll ever read, but it’s a book told from a dog’s perspective so going in I knew I’d be pushing boundaries on what I believed. I laughed, cried, and felt good when I was done. So I’m giving this book five out of five stars.