Review: Waiting For Doggo, Mark Mills

February 6, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★

Review: Waiting For Doggo, Mark MillsWaiting for Doggo by Mark B Mills
Published by Headline Review on November 2014
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 224
Source: Bookworld Reviewer Program
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No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo. So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He's just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that's the plan. Come on...everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend...and an inspiration.

angelyas_reviewDan’s girlfriend Clara actually did him a favour by taking off overseas without telling him, leaving him with their rescue dog in their inner-city London flat. In a short time after that, he not only lands an awesome job at an advertising agency, but he is also introduced to his lovely new colleague, Edie. There’s plenty more going on at the agency than meets the eye, though, and Doggo is going to help them all through it.

Doggo is a charming little dog, even if he is constantly described as “ugly”. He gradually works his way into the hearts of Dan’s whole office and becomes their mascot, as well as helping Dan through a difficult time in his life. Doggo is actually more of a side character in this story, which was a shame – I would have liked to have heard more about what he got up to! His back story is a sad one, and it’s nice that we got to hear about it.

At only 224 pages it’s not a long read, and while there were some very funny moments as well as a couple of touching ones, the story mostly seemed to be filled with witty fluff. It did feel, as I approached the end of the book, that the whole story was written around getting to the eventual tag line for the ugly car. At least, the entire ad agency storyline anyway. Do advertisers really come up with this rubbish? I suppose they do, there are some truly shocking taglines out there.

four-stars – Waiting for Doggo is a heartwarming diversion. If you’re looking for a light, funny read with a witty leading man then look no further. Just don’t expect to discover the meaning of life.

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Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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