Monday, 28 November 2011

There Is No Dog * Meg Rosoff

There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

In the beginning there was Bob. And Bob created the heavens and the earth, and the beasts of the field, and the creatures of the sea, and twenty-five million other species, including lots and lots of gorgeous girls.
And all of this in six days. Six Days! Congratulations, Bob. No wonder Earth is such a mess.


Imagine that God is a typical teenage boy. He is lazy, careless, self-obsessed, sex-mad - and about to meet Lucy, the most beautiful girl on earth.

Unfortunately, whenever Bob falls in love, disaster follows.

Let us pray that Bob does not fall in love with Lucy.

Bob is you're typical teenage boy, being lazy and constantly thinking of sex. But when his mother Mona wins a poker game, that soon makes her goddess on the world, she decided she didn't want it and passed the job down towards her son, Bob.


At first Bob is thrilled, and begins to create all the wonders of the world. Such as the animals, humans, the land and seas. The buildings and even different countries! But as he grew older it became as a chore for him and he couldn't be bothered.

And that's when Mr B was hired! To help out with all the mess that Bob had left piling up over the years, to answer every ones prayers, help fix the natural disasters and so forth. But as the papers are piling up on the desk, Mr B can't take it anymore and tries to get Bob to help him. Fat chance of that one happening. 

Down on earth, Lucy is loving her new job at the local Zoo. She loves animals, and wants nothing more to do with anything else but them. Well apart from an attractive man to love and share some time with. But the only one in her life at the moment is her boss, Luke. And even he doesn't give her the time of day to even speak to him, let alone speak to her. 
Lucy just can't see why he acts so strange round her and normal with everyone else. 

As the water levels are rising (Literally) cars are soon washed up in the tide, as they slowly move past Lucy's front window of her flat. The world has gone chaotic, fish flying in the sky, constant downpour for so many months, floods in Africa and a desert in America. What is happening?

But then Bob meets Lucy and all hell breaks lose down on earth, though Lucy and Bob hit it off pretty well for a slight chance to find love. Well, they do for now.

Okay, so in all honesty, I thought the book was okay. When I first saw the book at Waterstones and read the Summary, I was like "Wow, this sound really good" But I was mistaken.

Although there were some really funny parts, and some clever thinking behind the plot (Such as God is a teenage boy and so forth) I still think it lacked in the character department, I thought each character could of had a bit more sparkle to themselves. As they we're a little boring.

I loved the way Meg Rossof thought up the idea of a teenage god, and I think she got it exactly right about how Bob feels with his "Sexual frustration" half the time, and also the character for Mr B was quite alright. I also loved the idea of the Eck, Bob's pet penguin creature.

But I also think that the story dragged on a little and as it got halfway through the book, I found it a chore for myself to read. I know I usually write a much longer book review, but I honestly couldn't think of anything else to write. And also to not give away most of the story line.

Some of the words that were used also were a bit hard, I don't know if that sounds strange, but for me I found myself struggling with some of them, so I don't think people younger than myself will be able to, or even know what they mean, because I didn't. (Or maybe you do, don't get me wrong!)

All in all, I think that the books has it's good and bad points. Possibly a little bit more bad ones. I didn't enjoy the book as I thought I would, and thought it really dragged on, the characters were a bit plain and the book was a bit repetitive about things and sometimes it made no sense.

I recommend this book a bit more older readers such as 16+ and older. But possibly not to anyone younger than this since they may not understand some of the words used. (I didn't!) :)

I'm sorry to say, but I will be giving this book a 3.5/10 :/

Emma
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