In general, I very much like Meg Rosoff's writing, and have read most everything she's written. This book seems a departure from her previous works, and is more along the lines of Morrow's Towing Jehova or Moore's Lamb. The idea of God as a teenage boy would sure explain a lot, I'll say that much. Still, the conceit to plot seemed to dominate, and curtailed much of what Rosoff does best: develop complex characters and emotional exchanges with a spare prose style. I'll still read her next book, and I appreciate a writer who had the courage to venture away from what surely must've seemed like a constraint of the genre expectations of YA fiction. As an artist, I admire the adventure, even if I wasn't as awed by the journey as I've been in the past.
I think There Is No Dog is a funny, charming book and the best non-scientific, fantasy explanation of why the world is as it is that I have read thus far. I'm not quite sure of its intended readership. I think it would probably embarrass my teenage grandchildren, especially if their grandmother recommended it, so I recommend it to other adults but not the teenagers in my life. Seriously, for all of the books that I read and wonder afterwards why I even bothered, when I think of this one, it always makes me smile!
Oh, my!! What an imagination! Just a super book - funny and profound. I read it in one sitting and never was tempted to leave it to do anything else. Let's see now, what else has Rosoff written?
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