Overall Rating and Opinion of The Art of Racing in the Rain

Discuss the December 2014 book of the month, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

How do you rate The Art of Racing in the Rain?

1 star - poor, recommend against reading it
2 stars - fair, okay
3 stars - good, recommend it
4 stars - excellent, amazing
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Post by agreenwood »

I read this book a while ago, but it was a fantastic book, one of the few that I gave 5 stars! I loved that it was written from the dogs perspective, especially since I am a dog lover. I laughed, I cried, this book totally lived up to the expectations of a great book!
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Post by ceg-reynolds »

I'm always up for a good dog book! That being said, I liked this book but didn't love it. I would still recommend reading it. It's good but not great.

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Post by Staceylane »

Absolutely one of my favorites! Brought me to tears

-- 11 Jun 2016, 21:18 --

I thought this was much better than a dogs journey

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Staceylane wrote:Absolutely one of my favorites! Brought me to tears

-- 11 Jun 2016, 21:18 --

I thought this was much better than a dogs journey
Both made me cry and I think they each have their strong points. But getting to The Art of Racing in the Rain...
I'm trying to compose myself so I don't sound like a lunatic, were Maxwell and Trish for real?! They were so awful! They made me so upset I (almost) couldn't finish the book. What terrible people, how could they say such horrendous things after what he went through. Ugh!

Okay, rant over. Though their presence was part of the reason I enjoyed the book. It was very emotional, especially those last two chapters, and made me cry like a baby. The book also has a great message to keep going no matter what life throws at you, and that dogs are smart and amazing :wink:

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Post by klbradley »

I'm such a dog lover already, and reading about them and then relating things that happen in the book to real life occurances that my animals do is so adorable! I was really bothered by how emotional this book made me, partially in part to the horrible things that just kept happening. But also because I know there are so many dog owners out there who take things out on their pets when they are just having rough days.
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Post by Ruptain »

As a HUGE dog lover, when I saw the cover I was instantly draw to it. After reading an excerpt, I was hooked. I loved the book, and not just because it had a dog narrating it. It was a seriously moving and thought provoking book, and I reread it every year. It has been cast as one of my favorites, and is a go-to on my bookshelf at home. I would recommend this book to anyone that would listen.

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Post by pyb »

This book had been recommended to me and so I picked it up in a used book store while on vacation. I did enjoy it, mostly because I am a dog owner myself and it helped me to see things from a dog's perspective (although a dog didn't really write it, so it is all speculative :)
Overall it was very heartfelt. My favorite part, sahmoun2778, was when Enzo got to ride in the race car as well!
I would recommend it, but it wasn't quite a 4 for me.
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I really enjoyed this book. Seeing the world unfold through Enzo's eyes was really refreshing; I love dogs, and enjoyed the fact that the dog was the narrator of this book. At first I wasn't sure I'd like that so much, but I really did. Glad I gave this book a chance, because I had fun with it. It was a quick, entertaining, moving read. I definitely recommend it!
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Post by MarisaRose »

Wow. This book was amazing. Emotional, funny, heartbreaking, and eye opening are the words that come to mind when thinking of this book. It was incredibly emotional for me to read having recently lost our very first dog, however, I found reading this book helped me deal with some of the emotions I had for my dog. There were so many similarities and so many instances I was able to relate to, it really felt like I was having a conversation with an old friend. Highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever had a special bond with a furry friend.
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I don't remember all the details of this book as I first read it over 5 years ago, but it has stuck with me. Besides the obvious injustices the (human) protagonist suffers, what I remember most about this book was looking down at my own dog every so often and saying to him, "What are you thinking?"

This book was well put together and definitely pulled on the heart strings several times.

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I really enjoyed reading this book. Dog being a narrator was something different for me and I absolutely liked it :). I rate it a 3 out of 4 stars.
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Post by Noosh »

If you love dogs and consider them Man's best friend, then you will enjoy this book!

I loved the characters and the friendship between Enzo and Denny... I loved how Enzo saw us, humans, and then told us about us in his own doggie way. Really beautiful book.
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Post by LinaMueller »

A story about life and death from such an interesting perspective. I love dogs and this book brought me to tears. I avoid movies (and books) about dogs whenever possible because they are generally sad.
Heart! We will forget him!
You an I, tonight!
You may forget the warmth he gave,
I will forget the light.

When you have done, pray tell me
That I my thoughts may dim;
Haste! lest while you're lagging.
I may remember him!

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Post by cassiekeech2019 »

This book was so good. Any book that is written about a dog is a must-read for me. Then bonus it is narrated by the family dog Enzo.
There were some sad moments in the book, but also some exciting times. This book gets 4 stars from me.
I heard they were making a movie. I hope it is as good as the book.

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Post by Pink32 »

This is an absolutely amazing read. Once I started ro read it, I was captivated by Enzo and the way the author tells the story through his eyes. I cried so much during this book! Everything that Danny goes through just trying to retain custody of his daughter, really hit home for me. As a single mom, I have fought that battle and my heart went out to both Danny and Enzo.
I wrote down many of the quotes from this novel, such as, "What you manifest is before you." Among others.
I think the part that really got to me was right after Dannys wife dies. When Enzo runs away from Danny and he attacks the squirrel. It really tells the reader how much pain Enzo was in because of her death. (I want to cry right now, just thinking about it).
Just an amazing book. I definitely look at my own dog now and think that maybe he's just a human stuck in a dogs body, you know? I wonder if he aspires to die and come back a human.

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