Review: The Dog, Ray by Linda Coggin

29092956The 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.

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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.

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