A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron review


This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.


I picked up A Dog’s Purpose in anticipation for the movie, I watched the trailer and I immediately knew I wanted to pick up the book.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but at first I found the writing to be very basic and simplistic, and I prefer books that have a bit more of a complicated writing style. But as this book is narrated by a dog, I feel like this writing suits well, it doesn’t hinder of get in the way of the story, rather it complements it quite well. After a few pages I began to forget about the simplicities of the writing as I was soon whisked away into the story. This book is very easy to get into as you’re just swept up into it, i’ve never read a book from a dog’s point of view before and I found it to be quite interesting and unique. This novel is fairly fast paced, and with it being only 319 pages I finished this book in a day. It’s definitely a book that you can sit down and read in one sitting. As a dog lover, there were a lot of adorable feel good moments in this book.

Despite this however, I didn’t fully connect to any of the characters of necessarily feel attached to them, but my favourite character hands down has to be Ethan. Although there are some more mature themes hidden within the book, I found it to still be a little bit juvenile, and I think I would’ve enjoyed it more when I was younger.

Overall, A Dog’s Purpose is an enjoyable fast-paced read. You will enjoy this book if you love dogs, if you detest them maybe stay clear of this book. I’m excited for the movie and i’m definitely going to watch it when it comes out in cinemas.


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