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Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan – My Review

New Release

Title: Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs

Author: Jennifer Finney Boylan

Release Date: April 21st 2020

Genre: Memoirs, Transgender Studies

From bestselling author of She’s Not There, New York Times opinion columnist, and human rights activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs.

This is a book about dogs: the love we have for them, and the way that love helps us understand the people we have been.

It’s in the love of dogs, and my love for them, that I can best now take the measure of the child I once was, and the bottomless, unfathomable desires that once haunted me.

There are times when it is hard for me to fully remember that love, which was once so fragile, and so fierce. Sometimes it seems to fade before me, like breath on a mirror.

But I remember the dogs.

In her New York Times opinion column, Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and her wise, funny, heartbreaking piece went viral. In Good Boy, Boylan explores what should be the simplest topic in the world, but never is: finding and giving love.

Good Boy is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman—accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs. “Everything I know about love,” she writes, “I learned from dogs.” Their love enables us to pull off what seem like impossible feats: to find our way home when we are lost, to live our lives with humor and courage, and above all, to best become our true selves.

Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs is a memoir by Jennifer Finney Boylan. She recounts events and memories of her life through the different dogs she’s had. 

The way this story is presented, reminded me of having a conversation with someone. They start telling you a story but end up getting a bit off track and then they finally come back. It was sort of like that and that made it confusing to follow at times. It was interesting to read about her inner thoughts and the events that stayed with her. There is a lot she experienced and went through that shaped her into the person she is today. I liked that she didn’t always make the right decision. Oh man, some of the dogs behavior did make me cringe but I knew they all played an important part on the author’s life. There are some touching moments in this story. My favorite part is towards the end. I felt happy and proud for the author.

This is a decent read. I think the way the story is told, jumped around too much for me but there are some funny and heartfelt moments that made it a good read. I give this 3 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

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