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The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.

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Topics: Florida, Debut, Funny, Dogs, Animals, Family, Made into a Movie, Marriage, Babies, Aging, Devotion, Obedience, Pregnancy, First Person Narration, and Heartbreaking

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061793554
List price: $8.99
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Well, I liked the film based off of this book. The book I couldn't finish or even bother too. Maybe it's because I never had dogs or any animals at all myself, but this was just... blah.read more
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 I’ve never read a book like Marley and Me. With crazy stories that cost the Grogans thousands of dollars, Marley’s one fear, and moments where John and Jenny Grogan have to stay strong, John Grogan makes sure Marley’s time in the world will never be forgotten.Throughout the book, John Grogan thoroughly describes key events in the 13 years he spent with Marley, his own life with Jenny, and their struggles with Marley and their children. It forces the reader to recall their own dog and compare their struggles to the Grogans’. My dog, a Black Labrador Retriever, died in 2008 as he approached his 10th or 11th year in life. He loved to chew and escape the house, a natural Houdini. After reading Marley and Me, I could no longer see him as a bad dog. He just had misbehaved. Marley, however, was a completely different story. he would eat jewelry, demolish a toy in seconds, and make decisions that led to a terrible outcome. Marley certainly was a handful!As the story progresses, it becomes more sad and depressing because the Grogan’s are facing what all dog owners must face:old age. Marley begins to have arthritic hips, worn-down teeth, and becomes deaf. It is very emotional and detailed. The way John Grogan wrote it made me want to cry. I did, eventually. He told almost every detail that mattered from Marley’s adoption into the Grogan family to the moment he died, as well as the following weeks after his death. The author wrote about Marley fondly, painting images of Marley beautifully with descriptions of everything during the event. What I think John Grogan did best while writing this book was he not once said “I remember” or “recall” or anything that made the reader feel like it was in past-tense. He wrote like it was taking place at that very moment, a story, not a memory. I absolutely loved this style; it got me more involved and into the memoir. There are many things that I wished had occurred in addition to the events, yet it is hard to criticize when what you are writing about is a memoir. You cannot control what is to happen or what the world looked like when it happened. You can control, however, HOW you describe it and WHAT you decide to set the tone to. In my opinion, these things are key to a memoir. You can write all you want about the event with a bored expression and with very little description and the memoir will come out boring to read. John Grogan successfully steered clear of these dangers, creating a book that is very elegantly written and an amazing and interesting read.Marley and Me is an extremely hilarious, heart-touching book. Although it has very depressing parts at times, you truly feel the emotion coming from the author, John Grogan, as he recalls his beloved, crazy dog’s past.You haven’t lived until you have read the unforgettable memoir of Marley, a dog like no other.read more
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Well, I liked the film based off of this book. The book I couldn't finish or even bother too. Maybe it's because I never had dogs or any animals at all myself, but this was just... blah.
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 I’ve never read a book like Marley and Me. With crazy stories that cost the Grogans thousands of dollars, Marley’s one fear, and moments where John and Jenny Grogan have to stay strong, John Grogan makes sure Marley’s time in the world will never be forgotten.Throughout the book, John Grogan thoroughly describes key events in the 13 years he spent with Marley, his own life with Jenny, and their struggles with Marley and their children. It forces the reader to recall their own dog and compare their struggles to the Grogans’. My dog, a Black Labrador Retriever, died in 2008 as he approached his 10th or 11th year in life. He loved to chew and escape the house, a natural Houdini. After reading Marley and Me, I could no longer see him as a bad dog. He just had misbehaved. Marley, however, was a completely different story. he would eat jewelry, demolish a toy in seconds, and make decisions that led to a terrible outcome. Marley certainly was a handful!As the story progresses, it becomes more sad and depressing because the Grogan’s are facing what all dog owners must face:old age. Marley begins to have arthritic hips, worn-down teeth, and becomes deaf. It is very emotional and detailed. The way John Grogan wrote it made me want to cry. I did, eventually. He told almost every detail that mattered from Marley’s adoption into the Grogan family to the moment he died, as well as the following weeks after his death. The author wrote about Marley fondly, painting images of Marley beautifully with descriptions of everything during the event. What I think John Grogan did best while writing this book was he not once said “I remember” or “recall” or anything that made the reader feel like it was in past-tense. He wrote like it was taking place at that very moment, a story, not a memory. I absolutely loved this style; it got me more involved and into the memoir. There are many things that I wished had occurred in addition to the events, yet it is hard to criticize when what you are writing about is a memoir. You cannot control what is to happen or what the world looked like when it happened. You can control, however, HOW you describe it and WHAT you decide to set the tone to. In my opinion, these things are key to a memoir. You can write all you want about the event with a bored expression and with very little description and the memoir will come out boring to read. John Grogan successfully steered clear of these dangers, creating a book that is very elegantly written and an amazing and interesting read.Marley and Me is an extremely hilarious, heart-touching book. Although it has very depressing parts at times, you truly feel the emotion coming from the author, John Grogan, as he recalls his beloved, crazy dog’s past.You haven’t lived until you have read the unforgettable memoir of Marley, a dog like no other.
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This book is not a literary masterpiece, but it was very engaging and hit home with me. The end reminded me of a recent similar personal experience.
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Great book about a crazy dog... I have a few of those. Funny, sad and endearing tale of a dog that throws a family's life into chaos.
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Summary: Marley, an unusual dog, who enjoys running through screen doors, tearing apart couches, slinging saliva, smelling diapers, and occasionally destroy garages.Review: A really good book considering it's non-fiction at first I thought this WAS fiction.
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