Marley and Me reviewed by Tomi Nelson

From: The inside of the book.

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house, and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow fur ball of a puppy. Life would never be quite the same.
Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven pound steamroller of a Labrador retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, flung drool on guests, stole women’s undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good- Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, “Don’t hesitate to use these.”

And yet Marley’s heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless too. Marley shared the couple’s joy at their first pregnancy and their heartbreak over the miscarriage. He was their when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a seventeen-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night. Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning the hearts as he made a mess of things. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit’s end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

So most people have seen this movie right? Yes, but have they read the book? Most likely not, let me ask them this. Do they know the feeling of losing their best friend while watching them suffer after spending being with them their whole life almost? This is the idea put into the awarding winning novel Marley and Me by John Grogan. Well I decided to read it myself and it was one amazingly heartfelt book throughout the interactive characters, amazing plot, and touching conflict.

The interaction of the characters is just so unbelievable. There are so many characters in this book, but the two that really caught my eye was mainly John Grogan and his puppy Marley. John is a journalist that has found deep love and care for Marley even though he goes through many life challenges with him. Marley is one destructive and energetic puppy that grows into an even more destructive dog, but is also very lively and loyal to his owner. He teaches John many life lessons and the value of friendship. Yes I know it’s crazy, but it’s true. I find it hard to believe that anybody wouldn’t fall in love with these two throughout this novel.

The amazing plot is really what got me and led me to keep reading. I didn’t really expect anything that happened in this book, but I liked the way it kept me on the edge and wanting to know. It all started out with the lovely married couple John and Jenny and it was only ten months after their marriage that they decided to little lovable puppy to have as their own. That’s not how it turned out though because not long after they got the puppy that they thought if they should get rid of him or not. Well they decided to keep him even though he was described as the worst dog ever. None of this mattered in the end after having three children and having a family that loved him no matter what happened. I believe if anybody was to read this book that they would fall with the plot as much as I did.

The touching conflict really got ahold of my heart because I had so many ways to connect to it. The way they used the dog in the story made me think of a dog I use to have and all the obstacles we went through together. When Marley becomes very weak and ill I love the way how the whole family sticks by his side. Marley goes through so many obstacles in his life leading up to his illness like getting to mess up things around the house as a puppy, especially when he was alone. John and Kelly along with the three children that come along throughout the story fell in love with this dog at first sight and couldn’t watch him suffer anymore. So I believe who ever reads this book will connect to it just as much as I did.

Overall I thoroughly loved this book and was so heartbroken when I got to the end. So to anyone who has watched the movie or not I really recommend that they read the book because it will get them more than the movie ever will. Also if there are any pet lovers out there I’m sure this book will grad ahold of your heart throughout the interactive characters, amazing plot, and toughing conflict. I would have to say that John Grogan created one amazing award wining novel.



4 responses

  1. Tomi,
    It sounds like you really enjoyed this book, unfortunately for me I have not seen the movie or read the book, but I really want too. I thought that the topics that you discusses throughout your review were really good, they showed that you were very involved in the book. I think that you should be sure and proofread before you submit your were because there were a few sentences that I think did not sound correctly due to the fact that you did not proofread an example, would be in the first paragraph when you said after spending being with… if you wanted to use both words you would need to properly punctuate it. I like how you compared the dog to your own dog. I think that overall your writing is good, I just think that it would be very beneficial for you to proofread sometimes we can just make typos and that makes it look like we did not properly punctuate and use proper verb tenses and such.

    1. Ferguson169,
      I would especially like to thank you on your positive comment and also the negative ones. I always try to proofread my essay myself, but I don’t always catch my mistakes, even the one you pointed out to me in your comment. I’ll be sure to try and proof read my next one so I don’t any problems with this.
      Thanks again,

  2. Tomi!

    Again, great job with your connection with the book. Its very evidence that you really enjoyed it. Reading a review and being able to tell how much the person reviewing it enjoyed it is really refreshing, and a great way to connect with the reader. It makes it a much more meaningful read for the audience. Again, proofreading is the main thing to work on. The content is wonderful but there were many typos or misworded sentences throughout the review. I would just hate for the quality of the content to be overlooked because of minor typos. Usually rereading it before submitting (especially reading it outloud) really helps to catch these things and allows you to fix them. Keep up the hard work!

    1. Elyse,
      Again, I would like to thank you for the positive parts of your comment and how you liked it as a reader. I know I always have grammatical errors in my essay and I even read it out loud to myself, but I don’t catch my mistakes. I will try my best next time so I don’t have this problem again.
      Thanks again,

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