Saturday, February 7

Book Review: Marley & Me

Title: Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

Author: John Grogan

Pages: 289

Summary: John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.
Marley quickly grew into a barrelling, ninety-seven pound steamroller of a Labrador retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed though screen doors, gouged through drywall, flung drool on guests stole woman’s undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewellery. Obedience school did no good-Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, “Don’t hesitate to use these.”
And yet Marley’s hear was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behaviour, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley shared the couple’s joy of their first pregnancy and their heart break over the miscarriage. He was there when the babies finally arrived and when the screams of a seventeen-year-old stabbing victim pierced through the night. Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things. Though it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was on its wit’s end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.
Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Marley and Me, is one of those books, which every dog lover must read, because I think everyone will see a bit of their own dogs, in Marley, whether it’s his loving heart, or his crazy antics, Marley is one of those characters, who will win your heart first time he emerges onto the pages – even if he’s just a dog. I did find the story to drag, a little, or filled with a lot of unimportant details I didn’t care for as much, but Marley was just so loveable, that you soon forgot about the unwanted parts of the book. One part of the book I hated was the ending, and this may be a bit of a spoiler, but I haven’t cried that hard over a book, since the Time Traveller’s Wife. So if you read this book, make sure you have a lot of tissues for the end. Because you just can’t help but have Marley wiggle into your heart, and stay with you. It’s a light, easy read, but in this light, easy read contains one of the most memorable yellow furry characters you could ever meet.

Would I recommend it to read: Definitely one I would recommend to read, it’s not the most interesting, but it’s one of the most heart warming books. But be warned; be prepared with tissues and to hug your own pets at the end. You’ll need to, trust me.

What to read next: Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2009 Support Your Library Challenge, A - Z Challenge, New Author Challenge.


  1. I do agree. It's a must for dog lovers. Great book!

  2. I also agree...great book for dog lovers. Must read before seeing the movie, too.

  3. I have stayed away from this book because I'd heard the ending was just heartbreaking. Your review does sway me though, I might just have to take the chance on this book