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"Everything I know about love I learned from dogs."

Jennifer Finney Boylan's latest memoir sets out to tell pieces of her story through her experiences with seven dogs she or her family owned over the course of her life. While I liked the idea of how she was going to tie her life and the lessons she learned to each dog, it felt like the connections were forced most of the time. While overall the book is told in chronological fashion, it still largely jumps around from snippet to snippet; at times there were stories started but not fully finished and then you jump back in at a later chapter/dog and feel like you've missed something. Throughout it all I couldn't find myself connecting with the story as much as I would have liked, especially emotionally, and by the end I was skimming through the chapters to get to the end.

While this didn't work for me, I think it is worth picking up if the author's story is one that interests you, or if you think the writing style will be a better fit with you.

2/5 stars

Thanks to the publisher for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review