The Art of Racing in the Rain: Garth Stein
Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a good week so far. I don’t really know how well known this book is to all of you but if you haven’t heard of it then you need to find it and read it… like, now! This book is from the perspective of a dog named Enzo. This dog is absolutely hilarious; he has an obsession with thumbs, loves the idea of being human and has trained himself to listen to humans speak so he can understand them better. He managed to accomplish this task by watching TV and listening to his owner, Denny speaking. Denny is a race car driver who has all the skills but has yet to get his big break. Through Enzo’s eyes, the reader is able to see deeper into what makes up a human’s characteristics and Enzo learns through race car driving that life isn’t about going fast or winning, it’s about the skill used to navigate through difficult situations and to race the best you can with the tools you have. This book takes place when Enzo is an old dog who is slowing down. Enzo takes the time to look around at the human life he sees through Denny. The book is Enzo’s reflection of what makes up the human condition and while it is sad it also has a fantastic message to readers and touches on different themes of family, love, loyalty and determination. This is an adult book but I think any mature YA reader could handle it. There are a few heavy themes but overall it’s a funny, sad, amazing interpretation of how strong humans are through the point of view of a dog. I would highly, highly recommend this book to anyone!