What is this perfection I just read??? I usually review romance novels. Did I step outside my genre here? Kinda yes and kinda no. Because Atticus is a love story for certain. It’s about a woman and her love for her dog. And in turn how she learns to love herself as well. And it is beautiful!
Hazel was lost. Working part time in a bar, sleeping on her friend’s couch. She had no direction. Until she finds a puppy trapped in mud. In that second Hazel’s life changes forever, as she begins a journey to self acceptance and self love.
Atticus, like so many love stories, is told in dual POV. Half from Hazel’s perspective and half through Atticus’. How many of us haven’t wanted to crawl around inside our pet’s head and know what they’re thinking about?
I know I’m always wondering what these two are thinking – especially when they’re up to no good! Bennett clearly gave this careful consideration because her interpretation of the thoughts of a rascally Bernese Mountain Dog seem pretty spot on!
I should be clear: you do not need to be a dog lover to enjoy Atticus. But if you are a dog lover, I’m 98% certain that you will! There is great humor and great sadness. The book took me through such a roller coaster of emotions, I was enthralled. I just couldn’t put it down.
(My favorite quotes in the book come from Atticus himself. Go figure!)
“Hazel tells me to quiet down but I can’t.
I’m just so excited about our new life it makes me need to pee.
But I hold it.
I’m pretty sure it would be frowned on to piddle in Oley’s car.”
“I live by the motto, ‘I regret nothing.’ I learned that little philosophy when I pooped in Chuck’s shoe, and I knew Hazel respected it.”
I’ve been a fan of Sawyer’s Cold Fury Hockey series for a while now. But she should give some serious consideration to writing more out of genre because this is definitely the best of her works that I have read. I am totally fangirling over her right now!
If you would like to fangirl too, the real life Atticus has his own Instagram! You can follow his adventures here.
What more can I say? I loved this book. I wish I’d finished it before Tuesday because it easily would’ve made my list of top 10 books of 2018. Five PERFECT stars!