“[A] comic masterpiece.” —People magazine’s “Book of the Week”
“A charming comedy on love, friendship, and the surprising influence of man’s best friend.” —Harper’s Bazaar
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book! Downloaded it as reading material for two three hour flights and boy, did this make the plane ride go by! I had to keep myself from laughing out loud at the dialogue on nearly every page. Rosoff's characters are relatable yet simultaneously outrageous, making me want more of their crazy shenanigans. The dogs in the story possess an admirably subtle ingenuity in their interaction with the main character; marvelously well written. Great read for anyone who agrees that dogs are good judges of character.
The star of this book is weak and wimpy so feeling sympathetic to all his whining was difficult. It made me want to shake him and tell him to get his s*** together. Why would two cool women find that so attractive was anybody's guess. The dogs were amazing so maybe they loved him for his dogs who possessed most of the common sense and focused purpose, finding him a wife. So the dogs starred in the book and he was just a poor pathetic two legged sad sack of potatoes!
Stumble upon this book by chance and loved it. Captured very well the dynamics, thoughts, anguishes and yearnings of the single dog owner, looking for romance. The romantic twists in the book are rather cliche, yet don't take away anything from the overall quality and entertainment element of the book.
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