I recently started a book challenge list that asked me to read a book with the word “dog” in the title and to my delight when searching the NetGalley list The Dog Walker’s Diary came up first.
Daniel Ashe is a literary agent who has never fell in love and is looking for an awesome story to get his career moving. Oh, and unbeknownst to him, he is looking for a dog walker for his dog’s Sparks and Eddie.
This is one of the most unusual books I have ever read. Though the first chapter was disturbing for a YA book, when you read further it is about a boy named Nobody Jones who learns about friendship, family, revenge and surviving. He just happens to learn these things from ghosts and witches while living in a graveyard.
The Tao Jones (T.J.) is half Japanese, half Black, is adopted, and he lives in a town with bigots and ne’r do wells. However, he tries to make the best of it by finding friends where he least expects it and he has wonderful parents who support his political and moral beliefs. This YA fiction novel explores a young man’s experience with racism, mental illness and child abuse in a way you will never forget. A truly inspirational book!