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Marley and Me by John Grogan - Review by Ben, Teen Blogger

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Title: Marley and Me

Author: John Grogan


The book I decided to do for my blog is titled Marley and Me. The topics/genres of the book are animals, comedy, and drama. In the book, the main characters are Marley the pet dog, John and Jenny Grogan (Marley’s parents), and their children, Patrick, Conner, and Collette. In Marley and Me, the main settings are the three houses which Marley and his family have lived in.

When John first brought Marley home, Marley was very active and continued to be active throughout the entire book. One of the times Marley was really active was when John and Jenny took Marley for a walk and Marley dragged them across the beach. As Marley began to settle in, John and Jenny began to find out that Marley did not like thunderstorms and when he was left alone, he would eat and destroy objects. As Marley began to get older, he adapted to the kids and then into old dog life when he started to gradually slow down.

Then the day came when Marley finally passed away. Everybody in the family was sad and really missed Marley. As the family reflected on Marley’s life, they all remembered good stories that they had of Marley. I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog.     

Six Word Review: Funny and sad moments throughout book.

How many stars (out of 10) would you give this book & why?

I would give the book 10/10 stars because I love the way John Grogan tells his story. I liked it because it was easy to read and to understand. I could also relate to the stories because of having to help raise my dog Otis and taking care of my cousin when he was a baby.

I started reading it because…

I bought the book at a book sale and I also wanted to read the book because I saw the Marley and Me movie.

I kept reading it because…

I liked the book. I also kept reading because I liked the stories that were told of Marley and the family. 

Gut Reaction:

My gut reaction was that I really liked the book for its humour and touching moments. When I read the book, I felt many feelings. I felt sad when Marley died, I felt happy when Marley was a puppy, and I felt shocked when Marley ate things or destroyed things.  

What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of:

I couldn’t get enough of the book because I liked Marley and what went on in the Grogan’s family life. Near the end, I couldn’t put the book down because of the suspense of if Marley was going to pass away or not.  

If the main character(s) were stuck on a deserted island, they would…

John would panic and then start to figure out what to do. Jenny would have a panic attack and then help John to solve the problem. And Marley, well, Marley would run up and down the beach and would also want to play.

If the main character(s) were in a yearbook, they would be voted…

Worst Dog Handlers. They would be voted that because John and Jenny were not good at training Marley to heel and listen to their commands, partially because Marley was very strong and hard to control.

Anything else your reader should know…

Marley and Me isn’t just a book, there is also a movie. The movie is also very good. Check out both the movie trailer and the book trailer below:

Marley and Me Movie Trailer:

Marley and Me Book Trailer:
[Editor's Note: This is a fan-made book trailer by YouTube user, Gino Isidro.]



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[Editor's Note: This book can be found in the Library's Adult Nonfiction collection.]


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