19. There is No Dog- Meg Rosoff


Title: There is No Dog

Author: Meg Rosoff


On the Shelves: YA Contemporary, Young-Adult

Meet your unforgettable protagonist: God, who, as it turns out, is a 19-year-old boy living in the present-day and sharing an apartment with his long-suffering fifty-something personal assistant. Unfortunately for the planet, God is lazy and, frankly, hopeless. He created all of the world’s species in six days because he couldn’t summon the energy to work for longer. He gets Africa and America mixed up. And his beleagured assistant has his work cut out for him when God creates a near-apolcalyptic flood, having fallen asleep without turning the bath off. There is No Dog is a darkly funny novel from one of our most delightfully unpredictable writers” (Goodreads 2014)

I’m going to be honest, I went into this book with quite high expectations, expecting hilarity and weirdness and amusing characters. But no, something fell short and I spent most of this book struggling to get the energy up to actually continue reading it. For me, the characters weren’t very memorable at all, the only character I cared about was the endangered lizard named Eck (I found great joy in exclaiming “Oh, Eck!” every time something happened to him- haha!), but otherwise? I don’t really know.

 I also felt that the ending was a bit too…easy. It was too simply and quick and it felt like Rosoff herself didn’t really know how best to end it. I felt no sympathy for any of the main characters, I realise this is possible the point of making God a selfish 15 year old sex driven brat but really? It just didn’t work well for me at all. I want to give Rosoff another chance though and read “Picture Me Gone” after reading some reviews on it around goodreads and wordpress, but I must admit, after reading “There is no DOG”- it won’t be any time soon.


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