Alright, so I need to preface this review with the reason I picked this book up in the first place.
There’s a Rottweiler on the cover.
The next thing was that it featured a rescued Rottweiler. Annnnd, sold! To me at least, but that’s because I have a rescued Rottie at home and so I felt I had to read this book and see if it did the breed justice.
Rotten by Michael Northrop.
This is somewhat of a coming-of-age story about a 16 year old guy from NoWheresville, USA who lives alone with his mother in a just-making-ends-meet kind of way. The story begins at the end of August and JD has just returned to his hometown after spending the summer upstate at “his aunt’s house” – or so he’s been telling his friends.
When he arrives home his mother has a surprise for him, they now have a dog. While he was away, his mom rescued a great big Rottweiler that JD quickly renames Johnny Rotten (after the lead singer from the Sex Pistols). And Johnny has some issues – as many rescues can have – he was abused and neglected by his previous owner and now has a fear of men.
At first JD thinks that his mom must have been crazy for bringing Johnny home, but quickly JD starts to accept and care for Johnny…sympathizing with the dog who never was taught right from wrong and has been scared his whole life.
Just as Johnny and JD start to bond an accident happens and JD’s whole world is about to come crashing down.
Vopinion: This was actually quite interesting, beyond the dog factor that pulled me in. We have a book that has a very strong teenage guy voice that I think a lot of guys will pick up on. It deals about very real, everyday (as well as extreme) situations that readers will relate to – friendships (the good, the bad, and the ugly), relationships, school, life, the whole shebang.
I’m definitely going to keep this one in mind for those readers who have to choose their own book for a book report and just don’t really want to read.
It’s not that long, easy language, and still has a strong story with characters that are easy to relate to. I think the book does a good job of showing a clear distinction of right and wrong…
And on the topic of Rottweilers, or just rescued dogs that have a bad rap, I really appreciated the book putting some information out there.
However, while I wouldn’t say that the characters were bad owners, if you have made the decision to rescue an animal that’s coming with baggage, you need to be more conscious of all the issues that you’re going to have to work with…suffice it to say, the book was missing A LOT!
Anywho, if anyone out there is looking at rescuing an animal that’s coming with baggage, make sure you get some professional help, but it’s worth it!! =)