Book Review: A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

Movie Tie In Edition Published in 2019 by Pan Australia

Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction.

Page Count: 331

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Sypnosis from Pan Macmillan Australia:

Buddy is a good dog.

After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own.

When Buddy is reborn, he realises that he has a new destiny. He’s overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. As Clarity navigates the ups and downs of adolescence, Buddy is there to protect, cheer, rescue, and love her unconditionally. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs – who will take care of his girl?

More than just another endearing dog tale, A Dog’s Journey is the moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers, that asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us?

My Review:

Review copy provided by Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

W Bruce Cameron weaves animal stories in a total dream-like way, effortless, conveying raw emotions from human to animal, just like in A Dog’s Way Home. I felt like I could share this special dog’s feelings- Molly, Buddy, Max, so much devotion and love for their respective owners. From Ethan and then Clarity!

The way W Bruce Cameron crafted this story, making it so that this very special dog remembers who his/her past humans were, maintaining effortless devotion and adoration and then stopping at nothing to continue serving his/her purpose to his owners.

To say I got attached to all of these dogs, definitely not an understatement! I adored Buddy, missing his forever human, Ethan, being intrigued by baby Clarity! Then, as Buddy passes and is reborn, to find out that she is going to be adopted by none other than Clarity?!

My heart! I literally feel like I observed her growing up through the eyes of firstly Buddy, then Molly to Max and it was just so heart wrenching- what CJ (Clarity June) went through, horrendous abuse from her own mother, Gloria (I mean she knew how much CJ loved Molly, and yet she tried to starve her and even drop her off at the lost dog pound! It was utterly devastating, going through the separation between owner and puppy! It truly felt like I was a part of their lives too and all these characters are wholly unforgettable!

Such a powerful and emotive read, though and I know it’ll stay with me for some time!

The character development throughout was so powerful, as I mentioned! Seeing Clarity grow independent and breaking free of her toxic mother, finding work as a dog walker, establishing a fabulous rapport with her clients, to having her constant friendship with Trent, who actually once owned Molly’s brother, it was all just such a roller coaster of emotion and perfection! One that, I think, will appeal to animal lovers’ all around!

I’m wholly in awe of how W Bruce Cameron just projects his readers ‘ into the mind of the dog/s themselves, I mean, I must admit, I don’t own a dog myself, but I definitely found myself pausing during this book to play with my cat and wonder how he perceives things around him! I just adore W Bruce Cameron’s writing, I can’t wait to read A Dog’s Purpose!

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