Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pug Hill

Just finished the book Pug Hill by Alison Pace. Dog lover Hope, currently without dog, frequently seeks refuge on Pug Hill in Central Park when she is discourage, scared, etc. I found the book title and jacket to be a little misleading. The dogs actually don't play a big part in this book. It's about Hope's break up with her boyfriend, crush on a co-worker, impending speech at her parents' anniversary party and single life in New York City. BTW, she's deathly afraid of public speaking, which is the path the book takes. Be prepared there is a quite lengthy string of obscenities in the first chapter. It is not indicative of the entire book. However, there is language throughout including quite a bit of the "f" word. I personally am put off by a heroine who uses vulgar language. But it doesn't ruin the book. It's not a great read, but it is humorous and easy. Good for a day at the beach or rainy day. It my case, I was sick. I didn't have to think too hard and it was entertaining enough to keep me awake. However, if you're looking for a great dog book, this is not it. But she does have a unique and fun style of writing, sharing the story of how a six week class on overcoming presentation anxiety changes her life.

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