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Marley & Me Paperback – 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co., Inc.; Standard print edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739468383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739468388
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carly Gleason on February 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Has anyone ever thought about what it would be like to live with the world's worst dog? By reading this book the reader may just start to be able to understand what it would feel like. I haven't read a book with so much great detail in a long time, and "Marley and Me" by Josh Grogan is just that kind of book. Josh Grogan, born in Motor City, Detroit, Michigan, is also the author of his own memoir, "The Longest Trip" Home, and has loved writing since he was young. As I read, I felt many different emotions that always made me want to keep reading. The story goes through the good, the bad, and the down right crazy things that can happen with the worst dog in the world.

At times, this book reminded me about my own dog and how much trouble she gets into. Dogs, and any animal for that matter, are just so unpredictable and have so much more to them that meets the eye. Josh Grogan does a perfect job of explaining the life of a dog, especially one like Marley. Without the immense attention to detail in the way that Marley acts and the emotions of Jack and Jenny(the couple that owns Marley) the book would not have expressed the same amount of feeling as it does.

By no means am I the big reader type who just loves to read books. When I get assigned to read a book for homework I absolutely dread it and usually wait until the last minute. This time was a little different because the movie had recently come out and I was interested in reading what it was all about. I started reading the book to see if I liked it enough to keep reading it. The first chapter had me hooked and I was excited to read on.
Each time I read another chapter I got more and more attached to the book until I was finished.

This book was a roller coaster of emotions but all in all extremely good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Churchill on April 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I recently read the book, Marley and Me, written by John Grogan, and I believe it to be a most excellent book. This story is about a couple, John and his wife Jenny, and their family's adventures with their new puppy, Marley. What I liked most about this book, was the believability of the story. I also have a dog, and over the twelve years we have had Lady, we have gone through several of those embarrassing situations described in the book. Although, none of our experiences were as extreme as the time Marley dragged the entire table away at the restaurant. Many times our dog has gone crazy and run into the middle of the street, chasing an object that was not there, and dragging whoever was unlucky enough to be holding her leash.

John and Marley develop a strong bond as the years went by. With what I dissected from the story, Marley is the kind of dog that people, once they discover they have pets like that, immediately give up and practically send their pet out into the street. However, John did the opposite. John worked constantly with Marley while he was still a puppy, even after they were expelled from Obedience School, and eventually got Marley to learn the basic commands, (Sit, speak, lie down, roll over, etc.) along with more fun and unusual tricks mentioned in the book, that he would show guests at parties. I believe John wrote this wonderful story not only to show the world the "World's Worst Dog," but to explain honor, friendship, loyalty, and heartache, like when Jenny lost her first child. He accomplished this goal perfectly, explaining each part of the story as it was, and from what I have read, not leaving a single detail unrecorded.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Lavergne on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was awesome! It was so cute, I laughed out loud so many times..... and cried. It was so great, and as another comment said, it IS extremely readable, you will love this story. HIGHLY recommend!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Manufacturing Whiz on November 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
****** Spoiler Warning ******

I loved this book! I shared it with friends that loved it too. I also have a yellow lab that I could write a parallel book about.

The problem I had with it was the ending. Yes, Marley dies, and yes, we love him, but do you have to drag out the heartbreaking details for multiple chapters? I get it - I am not frozed hearted - but at the same time I think the extended ending detracted from the book. I would not want to read that part to my kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By caryn mcardle on February 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
304 pages, The Company that published was Harper Collins, Price on Amazon was $1.94, for ages 6 and older
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2/18/2010
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Marley and Me, is a heartwarming story by John Grogan, involving the true love between man and dog. Jon Grogan and his wife Jen are going through the many struggles of modern newlyweds with the help of their crazy dog, Marley. This rambunctious canine shows through his extreme fear of lightning and his powerful tail that he can ruin just about everything. But when Jen loses her first baby, Marley was right there at her side as her shoulder to cry on.
John Grogan is a newspaper columnist from Detroit, Michigan. He was married to Jenny Grogan and had 3 kids. This story of Marley and Me is based upon his own life. He, himself had this wonderful dog Marley and dealt with all the drama of having an anxious, excited Labrador. This story seems more enriching because the writer had personal experience with a beast of this intensity.
In this piece, John Grogan is attempting to peak the emotions and touch every reader in a different way. His story is filled with tears of joy and despair all within 50 pages. Personally, I sat in my bed reading this story with a smile plastered on my face the majority of the time. He accomplished reaching everyone's emotions by going into specific detail of Marley's effect on the family. There was a clear tie and it draws the reader in to caring for Marley. His descriptive writing brings the reader into the story so it is easy to imagine grabbing that slimy chew toy out of this powerful canine's teeth.
The author is particularly strong when it comes to descriptive writing. His snide comments and visual imagery paints a hilarious picture in the readers mind.
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