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It is the movie starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston that put this book on the map in the UK. It is basically the story of a young couple going through the motions of life. You graduate from school, you meet someone you like, you date, you get married, you get a good career; you get a pet, and then wait for it, you have babies. Marley is a very animated dog, full of character. His outgoing nature some times gets him into trouble, but he is impossibly hard to stay mad at. Some of the tales of his mis adventures are hilarious to read. However, there are times when the couple are going through really hard times and they get frustrated by Marley and find that he gets in the way. In a way that we may all be guilty of taking our pets for granted. This book isn't just about a man and his dog it is also a story which covers lifes struggles such as miscarriage and a struggle to get pregnant. The common theme is the way in which their dog is their for them, unconditionally and remains faithful to them no matter what. As Marley gets older, he starts to get quite ill until he is literally clinging on. It is incredibly hard for the family, but they are forced to make a decision about if and when to have him put down and laid to rest. This is so incredibly touching and something that we will all have to go through at some point. Saying goodbye and letting something go, no matter how hard it is and how much it hurts us, because we know it is the kindest thing to do for someone else. This book really is a fun, heartwarming and at times heartbreaking read, that I simply could not put down. It has taught me so many lessons in life - it literally could be a self help book rather than a novel. Get your tissues ready.
Marley and Me : Life and love with world's worst dog by John Grogan I picked this up as I was taken by the lovely photo of Marley on the front cover. He looked so innocent and happy and I had enjoyed a couple of animal stories in the last year or so so thought I'd give this a go. I actually bought this from Tesco in their three for £5 section so although i did pay for it , it wasn't a lot of money if I hated it. This is not a new book, it was published in the USA originally in 2005 and in paperback over in the UK in 2007. Amazingly four million copies have been sold, that isn't counting all those which have been borrowed from libraries and passed onto others. It was a Sunday times bestseller and has received praise from many worthy literary critics. The book is based around Marley and how he became part of the Grogan family but it also is the story of this family, their happy times and their sad times. It is told in a very easy style and with humour that is not at all forced. You almost feel as though the author is just telling you anecdotes in his sitting room. By the end of the book you do begin to feel like you almost know both John and Jenny and to alesser extent their three children which is probably deliberate on the author's part. The hero of the book though is Marley. Even though the subtitle of the book is" Life and love with world's worst dog " and he really does get up to some fairly awful things, throughout the book we can also feel the warmth and love this man felt for this very large over energised seemingly brainless hound. This is the sort of book that as you read you find yourself chuckling out loud so it is best not to read it in public as you might well get funny looks. It isn't laugh out loud funny throughout, in fact we share a pretty intense time with the couple after the birth of one of their children when Jenny hits rock bottom and wants Marley out of the house as his antics are just too much to take. She is suffering from post natal depression and really struggling to cope with the babies never mind a loony dog hell bent on destroying the house. The author is a newspaper columnist and his style of writing is very much that style, easy, witty and able to describe situations in a way that makes you smile. I did laugh at the description of the obedience class that Marley was eventually expelled from attending. The instructor took over to show how to do it and marley was just as awful ending up pulling her so hard that she had to break into a run to keep up. After this she told them not to come back and Marley as if to show what he thought: "As if on cue, lifted his leg and let loose a raging stream of urine, missing his beloved instructor's foot by mere centimetres." Marley was afraid of storms and as they lived in Florida they had a few. If left alone during the lead up to a storm the couple would come back to a scene that looked like a murder had taken place as he had tried to dig his way through walls or the floor , his paws torn and nose bleeding all over the mayhem he had created. They had to get tranquilisers to help but even they were not really the perfect answer so they had to be prepared to rush back quickly if they heard or saw a storm approaching to prevent total house destruction and horrible injuries to Marley. Marley stared in a film in which he played himself and performed antics that were naturally him as any chance of him performing to instruction was impossible. He visited a special dog beach and disgraced himself by drinking so much sea water while he enjoyed himself that he was sick in the sea much to the disgust of all the other dog owners. He dragged an entire table across the road when he saw another dog and his lead was tied to the table where the family were seated. The stories go on and every time I could just picture the scene and felt their embarrassment as we had a bearded collie who used to embarrass us by her behaviour especially if we had guests. She ate all the smoked salmon starters I had prepared in the kitchen and then sicked them up in front of the guests, luckily we were outside at the time! We made some more and ate the main meal I then went to collect the desert and found her with her head in the trifle. She never got up on the table before!! Needless to say we didn't have trifle for our dessert. The family moved from Florida to Pennsylvania in the countryside and Marley thought he was in heaven with rabbits to chase and new smells to explore. Towards the end when Marley was an elderly dog and began to suffer from all kinds of problems the author's deep affection for this ancient troublesome friend comes through. We feel his sadness and I admit tears came to my eyes in the end. After Marley died (sorry if you think that is a spoiler but it is pretty well documented) Grogan wrote in his paper about Marley and the next day he had over 800 emails into his box. These messages kept coming from sympathisers, people sharing their dog stories and so on. His column really struck a chord with the readers and this is what inspired the book. I loved this description of Marley; "Yes he was an attention-deficit, hyperactive, nutty dog, but he had a pure heart and an incredible gift for canine-human empathy." He also says that Marley taught him a lot about successful relationships and people could do worse than learn some lessons from their dogs. "Many of the qualities that come so effortlessly to dogs - loyalty, devotion, selflessness, unflagging optimism, unqualified love - can be elusive to humans." This is a happy and sad, honest open heart warming, easy to read account of a family and their hopes, fears and struggles to be a family and cope with a dog with 'special needs'. I defy anyone to read this and not feel the warmth and humour and shed a tear towards the end. If you are not a dog lover this may not appeal but having said that it is a story of love and relationships told with great humour. It is a story about life and its ups and downs so really I don't think you have to be a dog lover to enjoy it but I may be wrong. I would certainly recommend this book as it is a great story beautifully honestly and humorously shared. This was shortlisted for the amazon.co.uk Biography of the year in the British book awards in 2007. There has been a movie made starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson which was released in the Uk in 2009. My husband said it was poor but I missed it, I think he watched it on a plane journey. Thanks for reading. 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This book has a lot to answer for and most of it is lying snoozing at my feet, all 28kilos of Golden Retriever called Jess adopted fromthe Resue Centre! I was given this book by a friend about a year after our own 15year old dog," Henry Stop It " had died and we had returned back to Europe after a while in Florida. In actual fact we lived about 10mins away from where Marley lived! This lovely book will have you laughing and crying in turns whether you are a dog owner or not and definitely earns it's "The Sunday Times Best Seller Award". Written by journalist John Grogan it follows the fortunes of himself and his new wife Jenny, as they start out on married life together. Jenny is distraught when a plant she receives as a gift dies through killing it by kindness. She is convinced that she will never be able to care for a baby if she can't even keep a plant alive.In order to "practice" for a baby they select a puppy from a litter on the basis that it was the bravest pup of the lot and a few weeks later Marley enters their lives like a bulldozer in a field of tulips! Marley is truly unique with his huge energy, terror of thunderstorms and the unconditional love which dogs give their owners and the book follows the heartbreak and joy of trying to start a family and living with the world's worst dog! John Grogan's writing is crisp and clear and as a career journalist his writing paints a clear picture of their hilarious and moving adventures with an economy of words that I for one envy. The book bounds along through 29 short chapters and makes for easy an enjoyable reading. Parts of it are truly hilarious and had me laughing out loud, some will require a box of tissues close by. Through it all shines the love that John Grogan has for his young family including the tempestuous Marley. My Opinion This is one of the funniest books I have read for a long time and I regularly re-read it. It pulls you into the young family's life until you feel like you have known them forever. I think that it is so much better than the film, so, if you did enjoy the film,try the book, you are in for a treat. Please try and read it, I am sure you will not be dissapointed in it as it is so much more than another dog story. My copy was a gift published by Hodder and priced 6.99pounds. Readily available on line from a variety of suppliers. 5 stars from me,I have to go now and walk my own"Marley" Thanks for reading, this review may also be posted on ciao under splishsplash
Genre: Biography Length: approx 300 pages Author: John Grogan There's a reason that the dog on the cover of this book looks like the Andrex dog. It's because you are going to need plenty of them. Marley and Me holds the honour of the only book that has ever managed to make me cry, probably because I usually tend to avoid books about animals but Marley and Me was the exception. The cover of the book is actually pretty misleading as the little pup here looks like the picture of innocence. However what the story is really about is an out of control animal who drives his owners to madness. Plot Marley and Me is the story of how a pet can become an integral part of a families lives. Kicked out of obedience school Marley is an absolute menace, nontheless he is there no matter what, through family joy and heartbreak. A loveable rogue Marley worms his way into the hearts of the family until they can no longer imagine life without him. The book Written by John Grogan a full time writer, Marley and Me is his debut novel, inspired by his experiences with his own loveable mutt Marley. The book provides a telling insight into the pains and loves of Grogan's life and it is impossible not to find yourself deeply ingrained within the books pages. There from the very beginning of Marley's life Grogan weaves in and out of tragedy and trivial day to day life until Marley's old age. Reading this book, it almost feels like the reader is a part of this family too treated to their most private moments. Later made into a film with Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston, Marley and Me has been snapped up by Hollywood. This is a film I refuse to watch as I don't want to let it soil my perception of the family and their life. The book is far too beautifully written to be beaten by the box office. In the copy of the book which I own, (the hardcover) there are also photographs in the back of the book with photos of Marley from the puppy years to adult. This is a lovely touch as once again Grogan shares his memories with us and gives a sense that he wants Marley to be as much a part of our lives as he was of his. Praise This book is heartwarming and touching, a biography that not just focuses on the life on the writer but also on that of his dog who is as much a member of the family as the humans. It reads more like a work of fiction than a biography however this is not a negative. Clearly there can be no other dog like Marley. Written with love and care Grogan shows us all what unconditional love is. Price Retailing in the shops for around five pounds I would say it is definitely worth shopping around on the internet as you should be able to pick it up for a lot cheaper there. Unfortunately I have only read this book once for as beautiful a story as it is, I remember too clearer the sadness I felt after finishing it and therefore haven't yet managed to bring myself to pick it up again! Grogan has since written a series of books about Marley for children to enjoy as well so if you have kids maybe Marley can become a part of their life too.
I adored this book, it's sweet and funny, touching and heart-wrenchingly sad. I had seen the film when it was first released, and being an animal lover I thought it was great. It wasn't until the other day however that I decided I would read the actual book, mainly because I needed a book to read over the weekend and my younger sister had just finished reading it; warning me that it was even sadder than the film, although I knew it would be - books are always sadder than the films. It's definitely an easy read novel but that doesn't take away from the quality of the story; I found myself attached to the couple - John and Jen and in love with Marley (and I'm not even a dog person). It's a book that literally makes you laugh out loud whilst reading, I found the part about Marley getting half way out the car window whilst they were driving particularly amusing. The novel is also very moving and I enjoyed getting to know how John and Jen moved on in their life from a young newly-wed couple to extremely loving and caring parents. It's a heart-felt book and you can feel the emotion of writer John Grogan on every page; his love for his wife and kids and especially for Marley and it is filled with amusing anecdotes. The book is also full of meaning and once you finished you must have a heart of stone not to be touched by the story - I admit that I was crying for about 20 minutes when I was making me way through the end of the book. I call myself a cat person but I felt as though it was me who had lost this amazing and loyal companion at the end of the book, and I wanted nothing more to have my own little Marley.
RRP of this book is £12.99 but I grabbed a bargain from poundland! In this book, John Grogans writing is immensely powerful. Marley captures all our hearts as the naughty labrador retriever. He is unstoppable and eats anything he can get his gnashers on. He causes chaos everywhere he goes, yet he is so lovable and loyal to the Grogans. Marley shares every experience with John and Jenny and is always there, through the ups and downs. The story is true and incredibly witty. Marley reminds us of how much we love our pets and that its unconditional and till the end. The story shares with us many adventures and all the the trouble that the bundle yellow fur brought, including getting kicked out of obedience school, getting the only public beach with dogs allowed shut and landing a role in a film. When Marley is at deaths meet, the Grogans realise how much he means to them and life living with the world's worst dog really is the best. The end is very emotional and the writing makes us empathize with the Grogans. I particularly like the way John Grogan captures the joy, but the great pain of owning a dog. I found this book really funny and enjoyable. This book is a great gift. It's suitable for anyone but for those who are sentimental, be warned you may cry at the end!
I don't read many books - I've never been a big reader, but this was brilliant and got me hooked straight away (which is vital for me when I do decide to read a book!). My husband and I have a labrador, which we got at the age of 2½ as a rescue dog, we have now had him 4 years and we adore him! I think our dog helped me to appreciate Marley and Me all the more. It is a very well written book, which I believe is suitable for most ages, as it's quite easy to read. It's hilariously funny too, and I laughed outloud at lots of parts. Whilst there are some clear differences between Marley and our dog - so much of the book seemed to be written about our dog! It took me about a week to read this book - which isn't bad for me - but I would have finished it a lot quicker if it wasn't for all the crying I did towards the end. It's rare for a book to make me cry, but towards the end as Marley becomes more frail and I thought he was going to die I couldn't help but cry (perhaps could I could imagine this being our dog in 5 years time), then he would bounce back and I'd put the book down to continue the next day when I'd find myself in tears again. So despite making me cry for a few days - this was one of my favourite books ever. It was funny along the way, and being at a similar stage in our lives to the couple in the book, I think it was easy to relate to. Also I think it may have helped prepare me a little for the later years in our dogs life. I know I'll be devastated when he dies, but this highlighted to me that just watching him experience old age can also be upsetting. It also reminded me how precious our dog is in our lives - I don't really need reminding (I get a big wet lick each morning to remind me of that!) but it just reminded me to appreciate him. Brilliant book that I would definitely recommend to any dog lovers, and perhaps non-dog lovers too. I haven't watched the film yet - and although I know it will make me cry - I really want to see it (hope to review once I've seen it!)
Marley and Me is the story of life with "the world's worst dog" and the chaos he causes along the way as well as all the love he brings to a Florida family. Jenny and John Grogan are newlyweds and decide to take the plunge into getting a dog when Jenny realises she needs practice before having a baby of her own after she ends up killing a potted plant with kindness and way too much watering. The couple go to see a litter of Labrador puppies and instantly fall in love with Marley, or "clearance puppy" as he is known then, they can't resist the pup especially as he is cheaper than all of his littermates. Both John and Jenny work for newspapers and Jenny is away on a trip when they first get Marley so it is up to John to help him settle in. The first night Marley whines and cries for his brothers and sisters so John relents and takes him out of the garage and into his bedroom. The bond is formed from there and by the time Jenny comes home the pair are already as thick as thieves. Like all puppies Marley grows fast and it soon becomes apparent that he isn't just any old dog, Marley has a huge personality of his own. How many dogs get kicked out of obedience class? Marley grows in to a greedy and cheeky dog who loves nothing better than to cause mischief wherever he goes! But Marley isn't just a mango eating goofball, he has a heart of gold. When Jenny suffers a miscarriage Marley is there resting his head on her lap and when the Grogan's finally get the baby they've been longing for their beloved pooch is there to watch over him and also to eagerly sniff his diapers! Over the years Jenny and John go on to have 2 more children, they end up moving house twice as well as changing jobs. Marley is there larger than life and being his naughty self, from driving the dog sitter to tears to swallowing Jenny's gold chain - poor John has to wait for it to come out of the other end! Time passes and Marley remains true to his loving and goofy character, right until he passes away. This book made me laugh and it also made me cry in parts, Marley is such a character that you can't help falling in love with. A must read for animal lovers, the book is a well written and funny tale of life with a crazy canine.
This book I picked up due to another "whim" read. I needed something new and the book looked like something I would enjoy! I didn't regret it. The author goes on about getting a new puppy and how this would be a test of them and how good they would be at having kids, so almost a pre run of kids in the cuter, fluffier form! They go and pick a puppy and they pick out marley! The cutest one of all in my opinion. They bring marley home and if anyone knows what its like to own a new puppy they will know what it's like. If you don't, don't worry the author goes into enough detail about how marley wrecks the place, runs riot, jumps on people, chews things, and puppy training and caused general havoc which is the joys of having a dog! And believe me by reading this you will feel like you know Marley! As you read on markley has this little way of growing on you, sort of like he does with his owner. Many people by now have seen the Marley and me film. And its near enough like on like for the book, however they do miss out how they train marley and how they finally get him to stop jumping and a few other senarios from the book! Towards the end, as with every dog and even human marley get old and becomes unwell and if you've seen the film the ending off the book is just the same in that marley passes away and find a place in their garden to bury their beloved pet. I can tell you, even now recalling the book and the ending makes a lump in my throat! Be it that I am a dog owner and my dog of seven years passed away around the same time the marley and me is realeased doesn't help, however because Marley grows on you and you laugh and cry and feel the rage and irritation that the owners feel but also the love they feel for the dog you can also sympathise with the owners heartbreak at loosing his beloved pet and friend! Over all I say dive into this book! I have read and even re read this book with I love it that much! I have given this book out on loan to a few people and they love it!
My friend brought me this book for my birthday a few weeks before the film came out at the cinema. I must say it is one of the best, heart warming, funniest and saddest book I have ever read. John Grogan manages to capture totally all the emotions you feel from owning a dog. From the short lived anger when they destroy items of your home to the joys they give of being another member of your family. I shed tears of both joy and grief throughout reading this book and found it very hard to put down. After owning two dogs as a child and experiencing the pain of loosing a pet to old age I felt like I could associate totally with Marley and Me. I went from the elation of rolling with laughter after reading about Marley destroying everything in his path, closing down the dog beach and being thrown out of obedience school to the day his age began to show which literally reduced me to tears until the end of the book (this was not a good look when you are sitting on a bus!). I also believe that many people will relate well to this book due to the characters of John and Jenny as they are a typical average couple. They go through the ups and downs of a relationship just like anyone else. When Jenny suffers her first miscarriage and you feel there pain to the elation of when they bring there first son Patrick home. Also Johns male confusion of how to handle situations such as Jenny's depression after the birth of there second child, and his confidences with his single male friend. Marley and Me is a compelling read which I would recommend anyone to read especially dog lovers. The film also does not disappoint the characters reflect perfectly with the images you have been given in the book, but be warned it is another tear jerker at the end so tissues at the ready again!
After watching Marley & Me in the cinema (and sobbing most of my way through it), I seized the opportunity to buy the book it was based on while it was on special offer in a local bookshop. In the evening it took me to read (300-ish pages is easily devoured when they contain such a beautiful story) I laughed out loud (causing various members of my family to ask me to repeat what I had just read) and sobbed uncontrollably as Grogan records Marley's growth from a naughty puppy to a greying 'old boy' with such detail that the story resonates alarmingly with anyone who has ever owned, or known, a playful pup. Grogan's account of his home life is explicit in its portrayal that the pain and playtime in the Grogan household are recreated so finely that the reader cannot help but fall in love with not only Marley but the rest of the family too. The book itself is fairly short and easy to read. It is comprised of 29 chapters, which are all fairly short. This is good because it allows you to pick it up and put it down after 5 or 10 minutes reading - perfect for a tea-break at work where a little comic relief is needed. The language used is poetic but not too complex, and there has even been 2 children's versions released: one, 'Marley: A Dog Like No Other', is similar, but skips over the sexual content of the tale; and two, 'Bad Dog, Marley!', which is a picture book meant for young, primary age children. This means that Marley is avaliable for the whole family to enjoy! The content isn't, however, entirely focussed on Marley, which makes the story more than readable for people who wouldn't exactly class themselves as 'dog people'. Grogan's family life is what makes this biography so touching. It follows the young family through some harrowing ordeals (miscarriage and a local stabbing) and these heavy subjects are dealt with in such a tasteful but honest manner that there is no choice but to feel a bite of the pain which the family have dealt with. Having said this, this tale is not one of sorrow and sadness, but of joy and happiness, as these dark events are counterbalanced by Marley's excited antics. From the moment he is introduced to the house it becomes clear that Marley, although fiercly loyal, is somewhat of a trouble-maker. After chewing his way through dry-wall and riding a washing machine, Marley's character is enough to make anyone chuckle. The fact that the book is told in such a personal way is what makes it special for me. Through Groban's descriptions and detail, he brings the reader into the heart of his home and points out the delicate intricacies of family relations. To be honest, the story was so well-told that I felt like I knew John and Jenny, and that I too had lost Marley. Another really nice touch for me was the photos which my edition of the book contained. The centre pages are occupied with images of Marley throughout his life, which really helps to tie the story to reality. I really feel that in seeing these photos, I really began to understand that this story is not a work of fiction as I could see the adorable miscreant growing old in the mini-scrapbook. Overall, this autobiography is more happy, sad, touching and compelling than any book that I've read in a while. At times, the story is stomach-muscle-achingly funny and at other tear-jerkingly painful. I'm sure it won't be long before I read this again.
I came accross this book, shortly after i had gotten my pup Beau. He's a border collie and has such crazy moments, I could really identify with poor Grogan in this book. The novel tells the story of John Grogan and his life. It opens with his marriage to his wife, and how before the look to having children, look to have a puppy first together. They visit a breeder and fall in love with a golden lab, who immediately starts to clamber all over them. The breeder immediately offers to reduce the cost of him, and so they adopt him calling him a 'clearance puppy'. Immediately the puppy starts causing havoc in the Grogan household causing you to both laugh and cringe as you identify with them the frustrations and joys of having an energetic, clumsy over zealous large dog. Whilst the story is all about Marley, its also the story of his life with his family, and so their life. We hear how Marley was with them as they tried for kids, miscarried, moved house, moved again, changed jobs, get promoted, have more children etc. Grogans style of writing is so quick and fluid moving you cant put the book down for fear of missing something, even though its not going anywhere. The end just had me in bits! Cannot recommend enough! It just emphasises how a dog really is for life!
I am new to dog ownership. We have had our crossbreed doggy for just over 8 months, and what an 8 months it has been! I have become a confirmed dog lover, and so when I heard mention of Marley and Me on a doggy forum I knew I had to read it. I started it on a wet Friday afternoon. Immediately I was hooked in a way I hadn't expected. John Grogan the author writes with such warmth and honesty that you can't help but be drawn into the story from the outset. The start of the adventure, when they go to buy Marley, and meet his parents, sets the scene for the rest of the tale. There is Marley's mum; calm, sweet, loving, affectionate - the perfect dog. And then there is little Marley, the cute, confident inquisitive little puppy. All seems good. They pay the deposit and are on there way back to their car. Then they glimpse a huge, mad slobbering Labrador dash past them...yep you guessed it -Marley's dad! What follows is a wonderful story of the adventures-good and bad that Marley gets on during his life with his new family. At times I cried with laughter, as his antics were just so believable. The style of writing is brilliant. Warm and honest, you can't hello but be drawn into the tale. At times there are tears of sadness as John Grogan poignantly shares some his families trials and small tragedies on their way along life's journey. Very soon you feel at one with Marley and his family and just have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. The author is frank and honest about the mistakes they made along the way, and this helps to keep the whole story refreshingly realistic. There are times when you just want to give Marley a big hug, and there are times you totally empathise with Marley's owner's despair and frustration. I don't believe in telling you what happens in a book in my reviews- that is what reading the book is before. I really don't like it when endings are given away. But suffice it to say thereafter you have travelled with Marley and his family throughout the book, after you have laughed and cried with them, you will need to keep a big box of tissues for the ending! All in all this is a brilliant book. It may not be award winning literature, but it is warm, sad and oh so funny! If you have ever owned a dog you have to read this book. And of you haven't then read it anyway!
I read Marley and me a while back before the film came out because i love comedys and thought this would be a good read. Turns out that this book is one of the funniest yet moving books i have read. John Grogan is such a brilliant writer, balancing the funny moments and tying it up at the end with a real tear jerker! The story is about a young couple called John and Jennifer who are both journalists. Jenny feels that she has no maternial thoughts and that she cant even look after plants without killing them. In a bid to cheer Jenny up, John buys her a dog. However, Marley is a lot more hassel then they first think. Lots of hilarious events happen throughout the book for instance taking Marley to dog classes in which he is classed as the naughtest dog there. As the family develop and the stess of family life dawn on the couple, they soon realise dispite Marley's naughty behavior that he has always been there to cheer them up in their hardest times. A really funny and moving book, a must read and not only for animal lovers. I really would say read the book because it had me in stiches throughout it. Also i would highly reccommend watching the film to bring those hilarious moments to life! The book can be found in most book shops, and is a very reasonable price, and how can you not fall in love with the dog on the front?
After a few friends insisted that I read this, I decided to go ahead and borrow it from one of them - I am an animal lover, but I guess it's just not a book I'd usually pick up or choose. If you haven't read this, please be warned that there may be spoilers - sorry! The book is about a couple, John and Jenny, who are enjoying a really nice, perfect life and they decide to get a new puppy - Marley. He is a lovely little puppy, perfect for their family life, but as he grows up he becomes very big, strong, heavy - and naughty! The couple both try many classes and techniques to cure their dogs bad behaviour, and his fear of thunder storms which causes much disruption - but nothing seems to work. At times they seem to feel so hopeless and come close to giving him up, but every time you see the love between them - it really is a sense of unconditional love for this dog, who no matter what he does, although causes upset and stress, is still loved dearly. Unfortunately as he grows older, he really starts to slow down and they all fear the worse. After some vet trips, a lot of money and tears, not everything has a good ending.. It's a very moving story - it had me laughing on many pages, but so many tears were shed during this too! I'd recommend it.