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A Dog's Journey: A Novel (A Dog's Purpose series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

W. Bruce Cameron
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Book Description

Direct sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Buddy is a good dog.

After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own.

When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs--who will take care of his girl?

A charming and heartwarming story of hope, love, and unending devotion, A Dog's Journey asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us? More than just another endearing dog tale, A Dog's Journey is the moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers.

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Introduced in Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose (2010), good dog Buddy finds a new role in life after his beloved master, Ethan, dies when he rescues Ethan’s toddler granddaughter, Clarity, from a near-fatal accident. When Clarity’s self-absorbed and dog-hating mother whisks her away, Buddy wonders if he’ll ever see her again. Buddy doesn’t, but Molly does. As all good dogs must, Buddy dies, but his spirit and mission live on in Molly, a dog the now-teenage Clarity adopts at a time when she battles her mother’s psychological abuse and a violent ex-boyfriend’s threats. In the years ahead, a self-destructive and emotionally fragile Clarity will manage to find her own purpose, but only with the help of Max, a spitfire chihuahua, and a gentle beagle named Toby, who carry on Buddy’s protective devotion. Once again endearing himself to animal lovers, Cameron explores the concept of canine karma with acute sensitivity and exhibits cunning insight into life from a dog’s perspective. --Carol Haggas


Praise for A Dog's Purpose

“An amazing book. I laughed and smiled and cried. Wise…and sure to open the hearts of all who read it. Bailey has much to teach us about a dog’s love of liberty."
—Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Color Purple

"I loved the book and I could not put it down. It really made me think about the purpose of life. At the end, I cried."
—Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

"Marley & Me combined with Tuesdays With Morrie."  —Kirkus Reviews

“Funny, heartwarming, and touching.”  —Library Journal (starred review)


Product Details

  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071NOIWU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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150 of 157 people found the following review helpful
When I reviewed W. Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose I said that it is one of the top 3 or 4 books I've ever read in my over fifty years of being an avid reader -- and possibly my all-time favorite! So, just prior to starting A Dog's Journey, Cameron's sequel to A Dog's Purpose, I was concerned about being disappointed because I didn't see how it could come close to being as good.

Then, I read the book, which took me a while to finish since the water build-up in my eyes got heavier and heavier the closer I came to the end. Could that water build-up have been tears? I don't know what it was but all I know is that I wished my glasses had wipers attached to them.

My bottom line opinion of A Dog's Journey is that, as hard as it may seem to believe, it is even better than A Dog's Purpose! I can't recommend this book highly enough to all dog lovers or anyone who will allow themselves to feel all of the emotions associated with life (and death). Do yourself a favor and consider A Dog's Journey a MUST read. However, if you haven't already read A Dog's Purpose, I'd highly recommend you read it before A Dog's Journey in order to get the maximum enjoyment from the latter.

Just as in my review of A Dog's Purpose, I won't summarize the plot even a little bit because the potential reader will want to experience every aspect of this terrific book without any advance information of what you will experience as you read it. I think the following information from the jacket cover pertaining to the essence of A Dog's Journey should suffice. This is a charming and heartwarming story of hope, love and unending devotion. It asks the question: Do we take care of our pets, or do they take care of us?
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is a Journey July 5, 2012
What a rare treat this book is for sure.
I was coerced into reading another heartwarming story about dogs.
Bruce Cameron has me hook, line, and sinker!
Have mercy on me sir.
I beg of you!

"A Dog's Journey" takes you inside the dog's thoughts, hopes, and dreams.
As it says in this book, "My Cj. She taught me that it was a good thing to
love more than just my boy Ethan, opening my eyes to the fact that I'd
actually loved many people in my lives, that loving humans was my purpose."

That says it all to me.
Dogs are here to be loved and appreciated.
This book has us realize how special these creatures really are, no matter
what shape, size, or breed they come to us in.
I can recommend this book whole heartedly, just keep two boxes of
tissues next to you.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must read' sequel to "A Dog's Purpose" September 7, 2012
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Having read and thoroughly enjoyed "A Dog's Purpose", I was hopeful that this sequel would be equal to the first book. I was not disappointed, as "A Dog's Journey" picks up where "A Dog's Purpose" leaves off, and follows "our dog" after Ethan leaves him/her. This book introduces other humans to our dog, who continues to ponder their purpose, and leads us along the next "legs" of their journey. I won't post any 'spoilers', but if you enjoyed "A Dog's Purpose", you will NOT be disappointed with the natural progression along "A Dog's Journey". Caution: If you are a pet owner/lover, get your tissues ready for the ending!! Thanks, W. Bruce Cameron! If you were a canine, you would be "a good dog"!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!!! August 8, 2012
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This book and the one before it (A Dog's Purpose) really helped me come to terms with losing my beloved dogs. I can't think of a better way to describe the love between a person and their dog than in this book. Dogs are amazing creatures, and I feel that this book really captures that. They love us unconditionally. For example, A Dog's Journey illustrates that you can close a door on a dog, but they will never close their heart on you. You belong to them; you are their purpose. This is a truly beautiful book. If you have ever loved and/or lost a dog, this is a must-read. I cried, I laughed. And I believe that's what makes it a good book.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dog's Journey June 5, 2012
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I read A Dog's Purpose and loved every minute of it. Preordered A Dog's Journey and couldn't wait until it was delivered. Once it "popped" into my Kindle I couldn't put it down. Loved it even more than A Dog's Purpose which I didn't think was possible. Keep um coming J. Bruce Cameron.!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Despite the fact that my tear ducts got quite a workout, I absolutely loved W. Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Journey, the sequel to A Dog's Purpose. The first book was fresh and unique in its way of allowing a dog (well, technically, a series of reincarnated dogs) to tell a heart-warming story of a dog's love and dedication to his humans.

A Dog's Journey attempts to carry on that story; but in adhereing too closely to the format established by the first book, Journey loses it's ability to surprise readers. As the story of the dog progresses, were are again treated to tales of multiple reincarnations. The major difference is that in Purpose, some of those lives didn't involve the boy Ethan. In Journey, all the dog's lives revolve around Clarity, the granddaughter of Ethan's widow, Hannah. After saving Clarity from a fall into the pond, the dog believes Ethan would want him to stick around an protect the girl. If Buddy/Molly/Max/Toby can chose whose dog he'll be in the next life, why didn't he do so in the first book? That struck me as a major inconsistency.

The aspect of Journey that bothered me the most, however, were the irritating characters of Clarity and her mother, Gloria. Geez, if I had been their dog I would have ran off and hoped I had better luck in the reincarnation lottery the next time around. Gloria is an utterly unredeemable narcissist while Clarity, or CJ as she comes to be known, is a troubled teen with an eating disorder who rejects the nice guy who secretly loves her for the abusive, manipulative bad boy. Yes, I know these things happen out in the real world, but the problems of these two characters read more like a script for an after-school special. Perhaps the problem I had with all this dysfunction is that it was presented through a dog's-eye view ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Will tug at any dog lover's heart.
Published 2 days ago by Loralie A Cuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog story
Incredible but emotional story written entirely from the dogs perspective. Gut wrenching but still uplifting and ultimately a beautiful story that completely changed my... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Derek J. Cusworth
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This is a wonderful book. I would highly recommend it to everyone. Especially dog lovers.

Please keep these coming sir!
Published 5 days ago by Patricia Retherford
5.0 out of 5 stars I cried in the first chapter and hated that my friend encouraged me to...
I had just lost a cherished dog when I read this book. I cried in the first chapter and hated that my friend encouraged me to read it so soon after Killian had died. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Gloria
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 7 days ago by Kay Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDing
This was outstanding. Very good. You should read the first book "A Dog's Purpose" in order to understand this book, which was a very good book also.
Published 8 days ago by Ann
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read for someone with a particular purpose in mind - caution,...
This book is what Bill Watterson (of Calvin and Hobbes fame) would call "mowing the lawn" - going over the same stuff. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars All dog lovers should read this book!
I am such a dog lover and I love the way the author gives the dogs such personality. This is a must read for dog lovers!
Published 11 days ago by Loves to Read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the first one!
Amazing! Flawless! This book is just as magnificent as the first book, and is simply one of the best books I've ever read.
Published 13 days ago by sheyanne
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional roller coaster!
An easy read that I couldn't put down. I definitely went through a lot of tissues... And made me look at my dogs in a whole new light!
Published 13 days ago by Lola
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