Alpha Dog by Jennifer Ziegler

lumos_libros's review against another edition

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What do you get when you have a misbehaving dog and a girl who needs to take control of her life? Answer: This funny self-discovery story.

It was refreshing to see our protagonist, Katie, not be so put together. A lot of the time we encounter girls with lots of sparkly personality that are thrown some serious problems to get a story, not in this case though. Katie didn't have some serious life altering problem (well I guess that is debatable if you consider your boyfriend dumping you on your birthday as a turning point in your life).

Katie is really bummed out and thinks that maybe her summer away at a college might be just the thing to help her get over her humilation of getting dumped. One day when she accompanies her roommate Christine (at first you hate her and then you love her, weird but true) to the pound, without meaning to, she adopts a dog. I really thought it was neat the way she comes about naming the dog Seamus. Having a dog seems like something everybody can do, but throughout this story you learn there is a difference from having a dog and actually owning and taking care of a dog. This was really cool concept. The analogy of being the alpha dog to Seamus and her own life comes through clear in this story and shows how much each individual is in charge of what happens to them.

Of course there is a guy, Matt, and of course his great. I'm beginning to wonder if these kind of guys exsist. Someone should tell me if they do because I'm having major doubts.

I knocked off a star from the book because it seems like the author had Katie have a nervous breakdown every 50 pages or so to make the book dramatic. Nothing wrong with some emotional drama, but it was used a little too much for my liking. It's not heart wrenching or anything but I even felt depleted after her breakdowns. I would have also preferred if we saw how everything worked out after the fact, if she could keep up with her new found confidence. Other than that I throughly enjoyed reading how Katie found her strong self, that was there all along, through a dog named Seamus.

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A very good read. At first Katie seems to be a push over and that was a bit annoying, but as the book progresses she gets a backbone. The dog is a mess but she loves him anyways. The reason why I like the book so much is because the girl changes for the better because of her dog not because of a guy. It was refreshing I guess.

The book has its funny parts and its touching parts too. I would not restrict this book to only dog lovers.

just_kate's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


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funny lighthearted relaxing fast-paced