Review of The Art of Racing in the Rain

In keeping with my recent book reviews, I figured I'd share my thoughts about another dog-related book that I recently read. "The Art of Racing in the Rain," was written by Garth Stein. And after being published in 2009, it remained on the New York Times bestsellers list for more than 40 weeks.

Though I do not feel as passionately about this book as I did "A Dog's Purpose" or "A Dog's Journey," I did enjoy reading it. However, for me, there was a little too much mention of racecar driving for my taste.

The book follows the life of one particular dog, Enzo, named after a famous racecar driver that is beloved by the dog's owner, Denny. Denny is also a racecar driver, instructor, and enthusiast, whose personal life suffers some pretty serious blows. Enzo is a remarkably intelligent dog who shares his point-of-view of Denny's issues and plays the role of the faithful sidekick dog throughout it all.

The book is not exactly heartwarming, since Denny's problems are quite sad and you really do feel bad for him. The humor kicks in only when Enzo's point-of-view is voiced and it's a little comical how the author describes how a dog would feel about a scenario. As with the character you follow in "A Dog's Purpose," you really do end up routing for Enzo and his master and for everything to turn out OK for them.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I would suggest it to any dog-lover. I just don't feel like it was as much of a page-turner as "A Dog's Purpose" or its sequel.