Girl meets dog in this effervescent “feel-good debut”(People) from the author of Why Can't I Be You—now celebrating it's 10th Anniversary!
Savannah “Van” Leone has been in love with Peter Clarke since their first day of college. Six years later, Peter is marrying Van's best friend, Janie. Loyal to a fault, Van dons her pumpkin-orange, maid-of- honor gown and stands up for the couple, struggling to hide her true feelings even when she couldn't be more conspicuous. After the wedding, nursing her broken heart with a Rin Tin Tin marathon plus a vodka chaser, Van accidentally orders a German Shepherd puppy over the Internet. When “Joe” turns out to be a hundred-pound beast who only responds to commands in Slovak, Van is at the end of her rope-until she realizes that sometimes life needs to get more complicated before it can get better.
Larkin debuts with a funny and touching story about love, loss, and dog ownership. Twenty-something Van Leone, fresh from serving as maid of honor at the wedding of her childhood best friend and the man Van's been in love with since college, impulsively buys a German shepherd puppy on the Internet while drowning her sorrows in vodka and a late-night Rin Tin Tin marathon. Van's surprised to discover, however, that the "little ball of fuzz" she's expecting is an enormous Slovakian police dog that she names Joe. The expected furniture-destroying and neighbor-terrifying antics ensue, but Joe quickly becomes Van's family, chief confidant, and romantic catalyst. The fresh start Van had envisioned turns out to be more complicated than she'd hoped particularly after the newlyweds return from their honeymoon but Joe nudges her ever forward. Though the support cast could be trimmed and the love interest lacks satisfying depth, Van's conflicts feel authentic, and her emotional frankness is refreshing. Cute story, nicely told.
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I couldn't put it down! I love reading a good new author. Will absolutely read her next book.
Amazing. Fell in love with the characters from page 1.
I cried and laughed out loud my fiancé thought I was going nuts.. Such a great book. I fell in love with the characters and really enjoyed her writing style! Can't wait to read more from her!! Must read
All over the characters grate your nerves one way or the other but thats what makes them characters. Larkin's vocabulary occasionally leaves something to be desired but overall it's a light, easy read for a trip or a visit to the beach.