Published by Viking on July 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Dogs, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance
National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Meg Rosoff's charming, hilarious new novel about a young New Yorker’s search for happiness and the two dogs who help him find it—the perfect summer read Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him—only richer and with a different sense of humor. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing, back before everyone expected him to act like a grown-up. When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan's world view begins to shift. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly maneuvering on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all. A funny, wise romantic comedy set in Manhattan, Jonathan Unleashed is a story of tangled relationships, friendships, and dogs. Rosoff’s novel is for anyone wondering what to be when they grow up, and how on earth to get there.
Such a charming and perfect summer read!
Jonathan has move to NYC to pursue life and takes in his brother’s two adorable dogs, Sissy (cocker spaniel) and Dante (border collie). His girlfriend of four years gets a chance at her dream job at a wedding website there as well and moves in with him. Julie is not a dog person and the dogs know this. I half expected them to throw her out but when her job offers an all expenses paid wedding, she and Jonathan decide that it is time. The dogs know better. Dante feigns illness setting up a cute meet between Jonathan and a local vet.
As the wedding draws closer and Jonathan is finally making the break for glory in his mundane job as an advertising copywriter, he falters and has a breakdown. Words don’t come out like they should and now when I hear DUCK ZOO, I cannot keep a straight face. The dogs always come to the rescue and I just wished for one moment they could actually speak, but as they say, actions speak louder than words. The humor is just perfect and although this quick read won’t change the world, it does make it a better place.
About the Author
Meg Rosoff grew up in Boston and worked in advertising for fifteen years before writing her first novel, How I Live Now, which has sold more than one million copies in thirty-six territories. It won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Printz Award, was short-listed for the Orange Prize and made into a film. Her subsequent five novels have been awarded or short-listed for, among others, the Carnegie Medal and the National Book Award. The laureate of the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, she lives in London with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
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