“I enjoyed this story, narrated by 10 year old Enzo, dog of Denny. Denny goes through terrible experiences (spoiler alert): after his wife's death, her parents demand custody of his 6 year old daughter. When he refuses, he suddenly finds himself charged with the sexual assault of a minor (a 15 year old cousin of Eve's, who made a pass at Denny; he turned her down and sent her packing). The legalities drag on for three years. Denny's in-laws ensure they drain him of his limited resources. If not for Enzo, Denny would have caved in and signed a custody agreement when he was at his lowest point. Enzo saves the day by grabbing the papers and urinating on them. After that, Denny realizes that he agrees with Enzo, and resumes his battle for his daughter. It ends happily, when Denny wins the race by having a heatfelt conversation with his accuser when he spots her at a coffee shop one night. She eventually recants.
The tear jerking part arises when 10 year old Enzo dies. He knows that he will be reincarnated as a human, and he plans to shake hands with Denny and Zoe when he is reborn. Sure enough, he is reincarnated in the body of a little Italian boy, who is a phenomenally talented cart driver for his age. The boy is named Enzo, and Denny promises to help him in the future as he learns to race cars.
I'd give this book a three and a half if it were possible. I loved Enzo, and sympathized with Denny. Some of the minor characters were quite two dimensional. Enzo's onservations on human behaviour were spot on, especially what he had to say about people hijacking each other's conversational directions. Also, I noticed that the author dedicated the book "To Muggs"; how universal is our devotion to our beloved dogs, who touch our hearts forever.”
Ms H wrote this review Monday, October 1, 2012.