Book Review: There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

There Is No Dog is a contemporary YA novel by Meg Rosoff. It was published by Puffin of 4th August and the book is 256 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy for review.

Plot
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.

What I thought
When the email came about this book, I immediately thought the idea was interesting and it sounded like a book that I would really enjoy. I decided to start reading it the very day that it came. The excitement surrounding this book was extremely short lived unfortunately. Only a couple of pages in, I already disliked what I was reading. This is never a good start to a book but I decided to stick it out in the hopes that it would get better and more enjoyable as the story went along. It didn’t. I really don’t want to sound extremely harsh as there have been good reviews for this book but I guess it just wasn’t a book for me.

The idea behind this book was brilliant. God has been portrayed in many different ways over the years but to my knowledge, never as a lazy 19 year old boy. As soon as I read the synopsis, I had all of these ideas running through my head about what a teenage God would do and how he would go about doing things. Some of these ideas were entertained in this book but really, the author could have gone a lot further with what Bob thought and what he got up to. This was quite a big problem for me because I thought that if done a different way, the book as a whole would have been a lot better and more entertaining. 19 year old boys do get up to a whole range of things but this one was slightly boring.

My main problem with this book was how disjointed it felt. The tense was changed every so often for no apparent reason and it made the book feel as though different stories were being told at the same time. One minute I was feeling quite into the story but then all of a sudden, something would change and it was like I was reading a completely different story. It was really hard for me to get through the book because of this and I had to put it down several times. More than anything, I was getting extremely frustrated at the writing style because I didn’t understand why the changes kept happening.

Overall, the characters lacked a lot of depth. There are quite a lot of characters in this book and because it isn’t very long, none of them, even Bob, have much time to develop. I didn’t feel connected with any of them and just didn’t really understand why they were doing and saying certain things because I didn’t know them well enough. Had this book had less characters and a more simple storyline, I think I would have been able to get on with the characters a lot more. The amount of characters confused me most of the time which ties in with how disjointed the story felt. I think I would have much preferred for this book to focus mainly on Bob, his love interest and maybe one or two secondary characters because it would have given them a lot of time to develop and for me to get what they were really about.

I am really sad to say that I hated this book because I wanted to like it so much. While it has an interesting idea behind it, it wasn’t pulled off as well as it could have been.

3 comments:

  1. i like this book cause its a weird topic

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  2. Wow, you hated it. Reading your review just makes me more excited to read the book of course, just to see if I'll like it or not.

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  3. Oh no sad to see you hated this one! I plan to read it next so I'm interested to see whether I'll like it or not...

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