Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard

Meredith Mancuso is depressed. Ever since the death of her fiancé, she has shrunk from the world. Even with her successful writing career, she's not motivated to work. When her sister, Monica, begs for a favor, Meredith wants nothing more than to say no. But she’s ultimately roped into pet-sitting an orphaned Yorkshire terrier named Prozac. 
Blessed with spiritual wisdom and a high IQ, Prozac is an active pet therapy dog. To heal broken-hearted Meredith, he rallies his fan club at Evergreen Gardens, an independent living facility, where he visits each week. 
Prozac and the community of resilient older folks challenged by losses of their own propel Meredith, often against her will, back into the land of the living. Meredith learns that most people carry some sort of burden, but it's still possible to find meaning, purpose, and joy—and sometimes, even love—along the way.

 Review: I was given an ARC of The Thing Is from NetGalley for an honest review and this is my review.
When I first started reading this book I kept asking myself what was I thinking? I mean a book about a dog named Prozac who is a spirit guide that comes back over and over again as a different dog to help people who are hurting I must be nuts. Well, the only thing that would have been nuts would have been not giving this book a chance because even if it sounds a bit out there it was an excellent read.
Prozac was a loveable dog that had me cracking up with some of his antics and by the end of the book he had me tears with how the book ended. As for Meredith the person that he is with I felt her pain throughout the book and kept hoping Prozac could help her. To loose the person you love the way she lost her fiance was just plain cruel. As for the rest of the characters in the book the were all special in their own way as well because they all had a story to tell that made this book all that more special. Some of those stories were for Prozac to help ease a bit of the pain from others were to help make things a bit easier for Meredith, but whomever the story related to it was beautifully written and added a deeper dimension to this story.
I would highly recommend The Thing Is because is is a beautifully written story about getting over loss and stepping out of your comfort zone. I have no choice but to give this book five out of five stars.

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