Review of A Dog’s Purpose

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I think A Dog’s Purpose is a five out of five, the transition from each dog went smoothly and throughout the book the question: what is a dog’s purpose? Remained in my mind throughout the majority of the story.

Throughout the novel, the dog learns something new about people and their relationship with dogs. He learns which ones are good and bad and sometimes how he thinks about himself depends on the person he interacts with. Which I think relates to the real world a lot, dogs will act different based on how they were treated by humans.

His thoughts on what his purpose might be changes throughout the story, which helps to make a more well rounded character. He finds one purpose in caring for “his boy” and in his next life he believes he is to take care of people and not just one person in particular.

One thing I found strange and fascinating was how empty I felt when the dog lost his second life. At first I didn’t understand why I felt it, the dog had lived a good life and had done many things to help people. Then I realized, it wasn’t the life he had lived, it was the thought of not knowing what his next life would be. It seemed no other life he had could met the expectations of the ones he had already experienced.

He seemed empty too at the beginning of his last life in the book. He didn’t want to interact with anyone and he didn’t understand why he was still alive. Then after being dropped in the middle of no where by man that didn’t want to take care of him, he remembered where he was.

It wasn’t the kind of happy ending I was expecting, the boy lived alone and didn’t want to take care of him at first, but then at the last possible moment he changed his mind. The dog then found another purpose, he decided to reunite the boy with a person he had dated in high school, but a while after they married the boy died.

I thought this book took a lot of twists and turns and it wasn’t that cliche. The dog and the boy didn’t exactly live happily ever after, but at least he completed his redefined purpose. Which might change in the next book.

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About W. Bruce Cameron

Dog's purpose project .jpgBruce Cameron is the author of A Dog’s Purpose, a best selling book that was put on the New York Times best seller’s list. He has created a website that showcases A Dog’s Purpose as well as other books he has written.

Throughout his life, Bruce quickly learned that writing wasn’t easy. During the begining of his career he r
eceived a mere fifty dollars for a short story he created, but he didn’t stop there. He did a variety of jobs while he continued to write ranging from selling life insurance to making wine equipment.

Then in 1995 he started to get somewhere, he started an online internet column and soon got as many as 40,000 subscribers. He soon got his columns into the Rocky Mountain News. A column he had made for them, inspired him to write his first book.

It was called Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and that was the beginning of many other books he would start to write. His first book hit 14th on the New York Times Best Sellers list. It began to show up on TV shows such as CNN and ABC. This author went on many radio shows and talk shows, he was told he was “funny and engaging.” By 2011 he was nominated Newspaper Columnist of the Year by NSNC.

He began to write other family oriented books, such as Eight Simple Rules and Eight Simple Rules for Marrying My Teenage Daughter, and A Dad’s Purpose.  How to Remodel a Man on him onto Orpah’s show.

What I really wanted to know was what inspired him to make A Dog’s Purpose?  How many dogs did he have growing up? On his website he claims that it was his love for fiction that movtated him to create this book. He also claims that “dog’s are wonderful creatures,” which might explain why he choose a dog’s perspective specifically.

 

Why I Think People Are Overreacting to the Dog’s Purpose Video

If you don’t already know there is a video that shows a particular moment that happened behind the scenes for the movie, A Dog’s Purpose. In the video a German Sherperd named Hercules is supposed to go into water and save a boy. At that moment the dog didn’t want to go into the water, but he had to for the movie. Then he goes in during the second clip. After watching it I will say they could have done it differently, but I don’t think that’s a reason to not see the movie.

First of all, the trainer probably had no intention of harming the dog in any way. He is most likely needed for multiple scenes and plenty of people were watching over the dog,(including the American Humane Association) so if something bad did happen, they had enough people to help prevent it and they also had people there to make sure the dog wasn’t harmed. Not to mention in the trailer  the dog looked perfectly fine and even in the news they stated that the dog was alright.

I think this is a complete overreaction, there are so many other much worse places animals are in currently and so many people are worried about one moment of this dog’s life. This dog is probably feed every day and given lots of attention. Hercules was given a name too, not all animals get that. This is not a crime against humanity, the people who are creating this movie are not promoting pit bull fights, kicking dogs, or starving animals to death. This movie was made to help promote the adoption of dogs.

Another point I’d like to make is that quite a lot of people don’t remember is that animals are much more forgiving then we are and I don’t this this moment affected the dog’s metal health as much a some people think. There is even another video that explains that the dog might not have even been forced in the water to begin with. This youtube video explains that the clip was made in 2015!   If they really did harm the dog why wait two years later to release it? What happened between the two clips?

What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

Books I want to Read in 2017

1) Life After Life

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On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual.

For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.


I want to read this book because reliving lives is exciting to me. It’s also a plot I don’t see often and I’d like to know how this character changes history.

2)The Cellar

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Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…


I’m already half way through this book and the story is super thrilling. Again, this isn’t a plot I’ve seen too often and I’ve found the way some of the characters act to be crazy, but in this book I’ve gotten to learn why they are crazy.

3)Looking for Alaska

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Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.


I’ve heard quite a bit about books that John Green has written. I wanted to read at least one, and Looking for Alaska seemed like the most appealing one.

4)Twilight

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About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.


I’ll be honest, I haven’t heard good things about this book. I’ve even read an article on this book which convinced me to think poorly of it, but I want to read it for myself and make sure that’s how I really feel about it.

5)The Book Thief

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It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


I’ve heard mostly good things about The Book Thief. The setting doesn’t interest me as stealing books does. I’ve found books on world war two be kind of boring, but maybe this book will change my opinion.

 

Why I Read…

1. It’s relaxing

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Sometimes books can calm me down. It’s nice to read something where I feel like I’m there, ya know? I’m not working my nine to five job, instead I’m fighting imagery people with my imagery best friends and we’re solving real life….

Umm, wait I mean fictional problems.

Books can sometimes take me places, like instead of being in boring old America I’m in Paris or Nazi, wait, just kidding that one wasn’t that relaxing.

But my downright favorite book absolutely has to be The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life. And now I’m 100% convinced that some of us came from dolphins. This book has now put me on such a spiritual..

Okay I literally cannot write that anymore because now it’s just getting ridiculous. On a serious note, I do think that author is probably super smart and has written a lot of cool stuff in that book, but human dolphins? Sorry dude, I need a little more evidence.

2. Empathy

 

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Some books are really good at teaching empathy -others are quite the opposite. Especially if its meant to fuel propaganda… but thats probably a discussion for another day.

I do think Holocaust books, books about racial inequality. Pretty much any book that teaches us about how separating ourselves from others is bad will teach how to have empathy for other people.

3. Imagination

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Sometimes after I read a book, it gives me a creative vibe. Sometimes I’ll even paint after I read and I end up really liking what I made. It helps me think of things I won’t normally think of. Reading helps me to think of new ideas.

4. It’s a movie in your mind

 

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I’ve always liked the book better than the movie, most authors don’t control the exact image you see in your head. If the author says someone looks pretty than you visualizes what you think is pretty, there is no image of picture there to control what the character’s supposed to look like.

To be honest, I’ve found it easier to remember books better than movies. Maybe it’s due to using my own ideas to ‘create’ them in a way. As opposed to other people shoving exactly what they want their ideas to look like in my face.

5. Better discussions

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I think reading books can help to fuel some really good discussions. It helps people think even deeper about life, we start asking some pretty serious questions and figure out what we think works and what doesn’t work in the world. Book discussions can sometimes help us solve real life problems.

I’ve found book discussion to be a lot more meaningful as opposed to the majority of movies. Yes, some movies can be thought provoking. However, I’ve found myself asking more questions after reading a book rather than watching a movie.

6. Last, but not least.. THE SMELL

 

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The smell of a book, new or old, is unique, I think it is one of the most wonderful smells in the world. If frebreze made a scent that smelled like books then I would certainly try it. I remember on of my first books I read was The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. And I read the one my dad had had for years. It had a plain black cover, the pages were yellow from age and it had ink drawings of the story pop up every once in a while. It was a good read, and I loved the old book smell.

Thirteen Reasons Why People Might Want to Die

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I’m not saying suicide isn’t serious, but I do think these aren’t good reasons for someone to want to die. Then again, that could be the reason why the author wrote the book, to show people that logic isn’t a factor in suicide, people kill themselves because they believe it is their only option. After a few years, I’ve come to understand it a little better. However, if you are suicidal please don’t allow the things on this list to be a reason to choose suicide.

1. Blaming others

I was once told a story of two bothers that had a drunk and abusive father. When they grew up, one of the boys ended up a lot like his father and claimed it was his father’s fault that he acted this way. The other grew up to have a successful company and live a happy life. I’m not saying bad things in life aren’t bad, but whether you overcome them or not is your choice and no one else’s.

2. “A lot of you cared, just not enough.”

People do care about you, especially your family, but you should care about yourself more than anyone else. It is your responsibility to make sure no one treats you like a door mat, so many people are using others these days it’s hard enough to get them off our back, let alone someone else’s.

3. She clings to the past

Listen, if you’re a teenager like me remember, we are young, we’re probably making more mistakes than most people and that’s okay. We have little experience with this world and for most of us this is only one sixth of our lives. Give the world a better chance, give yourself a better chance. Eventually people heal and although the scar might still be there it’s still good that it’s over right? Some things that helped me stop clinging to the past were deleting texts from people that were negative. Deleting my facebook account so I didn’t have to deal with all the negative stuff people post.

4. She never got mad

Although the author might have told us when Hannah was mad, I don’t think she ever expressed her anger with other characters in the book. I think had she gotten mad at one of the antagonists at least once, her life might have been completely different. She might have realized she had power, power to let people know the truth, but she never did. I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t give up your fight. If someone has wronged you then let it be known even if you think no one would care. Sometimes all it takes is just to say something.

5. She made others suffer

Clay,- the person who listens to the tapes in the book – forces himself to listen to this tape. Had she forgotten that he was her friend? A friend that clung on to every word on those tapes and stayed awake during the night listening to them. I believe he already cared about her and she made her death even more saddening by sending those tapes to him. If you think others don’t care about you remember, your not in their mind. You might think that they think bad about you, but in reality they might really like and respect you.

6. She let some of this stuff happen…

I won’t spoil exactly what happened, but I will say she allowed some bad things to happen to her to make her hate herself even more. Don’t ever think so negatively about yourself that you just don’t even care what happens to you. You are a human being and don’t deserve to be treated badly.

7. What about her family?

My family cried when my cousin(who was only sixteen at the time) died in a car crash. It still bothers them to this day and they still talk about him a lot. They loved him and cared about him. They kept his room clean for years and had funeral flowers in his room and set his PJs on his bed. When a family member dies young it drives your family mad with sadness. My cousin would be twenty-seven today if it hadn’t been for the crash.

8. She never told anyone straight up, that she was depressed.

Hannah was always subtle when she used her way of ‘telling’ others she thought of suicide. Here’s the problem with this: if you aren’t straightforward with someone they might never know what your thinking. We can’t read minds, if you’re depressed tell someone it doesn’t have to be a therapist, if your too afraid to tell your friends tell a stranger. Strangers have encouraged more people to live than we might think.

Don’t ever let anyone degrade you if you let them know that you’re having negative thoughts. Nobody in this would is happy and giddy all the time. We have our bad times too and sometimes people will even be able to relate to yours well and you can both talk about how unjust it was and comfort each other.

9.“Everything seemed good, but I knew it had the potential to be awful.”

She looked at the glass as half empty and not half full, I know we do think this way every once in a while, but Hannah was diving too deep into this. If she had looked for something positive, even just a little thing, it could have flipped her life around. If things seems really bad then analyze what’s going on in your life. Think: what can I do to change my life to make it better? Should I eat healthier? Should I go for a run or workout? Should I go to an animal rescue and pet some dogs to get some animal therapy?

10. She didn’t have many goals

I’m an ambitious person, and I think Hannah might have had a few goal here and there, but not many. I think goals are important and they help give someone a reason to live no matter how small or big it is. It gives a person something to do other than dwell on their depression. Even if those goals aren’ completed it gets people to think about doing something other than trying to die. Maybe you want to cook something, maybe you want to read a book, or go for a hike some where.

11. She let fear take over her

No one should let fear control them, we are humans, the top of the food chain, one of the most intelligent species on planet earth. What do we have to fear? Sometimes I think it is not fear that controls us, but the power we have within us to do great things.

12. She hung out with the wrong people

Hannah stuck with bad people, people who I would block out of my life and act as though my phone was more interesting than them whenever they got near me. Some of the people Hannah met I would try to block out of my life and make sure they knew it.

13. She… was… LOVED

Not matter how helpless she might have felt, people still love her even though she was fictional. We are not robots, we are people, people who have feelings for others and even things that aren’t our species. We have therapists and doctors and dentists and donors. Why? Because we care about what happens to people. However, it you find yourself surrounded by people who just hate on you then I highly recommend you get out of there -if you can. I think looking into things like emotional intelligence might help to understand why people might act that way.

Please click here for the suicide prevention hotline.