My Boyfriends’ Dogs by Dandi Daley Mackall (February 4th 2010—Dutton)
Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Summary: “If only boys were more like dogs.
On a stormy night in St. Louis, Bailey Daley finds refuge in an after-hours diner. Bailey, a girl with three dogs in tow, wearing a soaking-wet prom dress, obviously has a story to tell. See, she wants what every girl wants from her boyfriend: enthusiasm, loyalty, and unconditional love. And Bailey is always falling in love—with boys, and with their dogs. And each of her dogs came from a relationship that didn’t quite work out. But don’t worry: in this fun, clean romance, true love is never far away—it just waits until you stop looking for it.”
Review: My Boyfriends’ Dogs relives the experience of first love three times. I know, I know, with your first love it can only happen once, but with Bailey it’s an exception. See the first was just for practice, the second was a case of mistaken identity, and the third was a fluke. What these three boyfriends had in common was the extreme high Bailey felt and the adorable dogs that own.
With My Boyfriends’ Dogs I expected a very cute, highly dramatizes, sqee-y book, but it had a much different approach. It was slightly saddening but enlightening tale. Each recap of these three boyfriends are very brief—there aren’t many swooning happening ladies—just a basic ‘how they met’, ‘dog dates’, and ‘the letdown’. In fact the entire novel is very brief when considering what it covers,
The book includes 4 POVs with 3 of them only lasting a chapter. I thought it was insightful for the author to describe how this drenched prom-dressed girl affected their lives and could have easily read more.
Overall: If the stories were stretch a bit longer I might have enjoyed it a bit more. The mother-daughter bonding and friendship were a nice touch that brought humor and depth.
I love the concept of it and the back helped so much when the narrator described the dogs.