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Men and Dogs Paperback – April 7, 2011
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I also felt that some of the characters weren't sufficiently developed. Hannah's mom, and Hannah's relationship with her were only superficially examined. And, I also felt that Jon's character wasn't adequately explored. I understand that this book is about Hannah, and her 'search', but if these other characters are a part of the book, they should be more than just caricatures.
And so, unwittingly, Hannah leaves behind her life in San Francisco to live in Charleston, South Carolina with her mother and wealthy stepfather Will DeWitt. Complicating matters is Hannah's past, which she now has to face. Her father Buzz Legare, disappeared in a boating accident when Hannah was eleven. The boat was found whole but empty. Buzz's body was never found. Hannah's family believes he died, while Hannah believes he ran away. Now, back to where it all started, Hannah becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of her father's disappearance--and finding out whether Daisy's romance with her stepfather played a role.
Interwoven with Hannah's story is the story of her gay brother Palmer, who, despite the stable nature of his life, seems to lack the very thing that would give his life meaning--happiness. His boyfriend Tom seems amicable enough, until he suggests they adopt a child. The conflict eats away at their relationship until Palmer seeks to find solace in his profession as a vet, working with Jenny White, the wife of Hannah's ex-boyfriend Warren Meyers. Of course he's unaware that Hannah seeks to re-kindle her relationship with Warren, much to the displeasure of Jenny.Read more ›
In terms of the story, it's not wholly original, and I felt that Crouch made stereotypical assumptions about "the South", etc.
I like her writing style, it's an easy read.
The books come to an end rather quickly, and I'm not fully convinced that the issues could be resolved that quickly so it seems like a rushed ending.
Overall, there is not a close attachment to the characters. I understand the issues of the characters being emotionally crippled after having their father disappear 20 years earlier, leaving some of the family to question if he was alive, and others to be convinced he'd died. However, some of the central characters are selfish, and it hindered my ability somewhat to care about whether or not they found what they were looking for.
Crouch should consider these things when developing characters. Not all characters have to be likeable, but if you care about their journey and the resolution of their problems, you should.
Crouch does have little gems within this book, she has a good writing style. I would not recommend this book, or read it a second time, but it's still a pretty good book.
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I found multiple copies of this novel at my Dollar Store in Stow, OH. Even though it would only cost me a buck, I hesitated. How good could it be for $1.00, right? Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rhonda Filipan
The writing was descriptive and captivating, allowing the reader to imagine the characters, scenery and plot for themselves. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tallena03
The book Men and Dogs is not what I expected. I would not recommend this book. It was really a strange story about a woman that had many problems.Published 18 months ago by T. Moscatelli
All the characters were interesting and the writing was great. Hannah is very different from me and I liked seeing the world from her point of view. Read morePublished 20 months ago by peggy cocoahut
What unlikeable characters. I have never found protagonists (I cannot see Hannah as a "pro-" anything, she is just too negative and nasty) I disliked... Read more