The Dog, Ray by Linda Coggin
Published November 8th 2016
When my death came it was swift. Swift as a running horse. It wasted no time.
Daisy, age twelve, has died in a car accident. She finds herself in the afterworld, which resembles nothing more than a job center. Her soul is being returned to Earth, but not as a human being—she’s returning as a dog. A dog who retains Daisy’s thoughts and pluck and is determined to get back to her parents and to get back home. What she doesn’t expect is that life as a dog named Ray would come with such worries—and moments of jubilation—as she grows to care for others in a whole new way. Told in a compelling first-person voice, Linda Coggin’s incredible novel touches on loyalty and freedom, connection and acceptance, and is sure to stay with readers long after the story is done.
This book is very interesting. It’s about a 12 year old girl who dies in a car crash and is reincarnated as a dog. It’s extremely different from anything I’ve read before and I doubt I’ll ever read a book like it again. I did really like this book but the narrative wasn’t quite for me. I had a hard time connecting with Ray because she was so young. I did really like how the author wrote everything so precisely. It really felt like I was reading the thoughts of a 12 year old.
Even though wasn’t really for me, I still think it’s a great book. I think this would be perfect for younger readers who are looking for something contemporary.