Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: My Boyfriends’ Dogs
Author: Dandi Daley Mackall
Release Date: February 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 14 and up
Year/Setting: Present day, St. Louis area
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Very Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Dandi's Website/Blog: www.dandibooks.com
It’s her prom night, stormy though it may be. So the question Louie, Guy, and Colt want to know is what is this young lady doing in the small, almost deserted, café, her prom dress dripping wet, with her three dogs in tow?
Her story begins in her sophomore year…Bailey Daley wants a boyfriend. A "Mediterranean gecko,", a mate for life. Unfortunately, as the story unfolds of how she came to have Adam, Eve, and Shirley in her care, we find out that some boyfriends, no matter how different in looks, personal goals, and family backgrounds (to name a few), are, in many cases, far from perfect.
Ultimately Bailey lost pieces of herself somewhere along the way. She’s reveled in the fact that she’s had a boyfriend or two and has lost sight of her goals, her dreams, and her ability to think and act on her own perception of life and how it should be. Instead, she conformed herself to all things boyfriend. Until the night of the prom. Perhaps that’s the night of a new beginning for Bailey Daley.
To be honest, I started reading My Boyfriends’ Dogs with the thought that this would be a cute and fun book. Don’t get me wrong, it is. But there are so many other elements woven within the story, too…Bailey’s heartbreaks and how she attempts to pick herself back up and forge on. Unquestionable loyalty and support from her best friend, Amber, and her garage sale-aholic mom. Ah-ha moments are mixed in with moments of uncertainty and confusion.
This was a bright and poignant story. It’s so much more than a tale of girl meets boy(s). It’s a tale of growing and learning and giving, and yes, of loving.
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