on Aug. 26, 2012 :
A great read if you like dogs or if you were (or are) an insecure teen. It shows how Riley Case began to learn to trust people as well as her animals.
(reviewed 71 days after purchase)
on Dec. 11, 2011 :
Love animals? Love reading? Love Young Adult books? Even if you answered just one yes, you will love DOGGIRL by the wonderful Robin Brande. Part Dog Whisperer (Cesar Millan, not Pet Psychic), part High School Drama Department, and a pinch of Mean Girls, DOGGIRL showcases the magic that happens when a young girl finds her niche in high school, and the rough road she took to get there.
DOGGIRL captures all the coming-of-age ups and downs, from the anxiety and depression from not fitting in and getting bullied, to the triumphant joy of finding that special group, and even that one cute guy, who likes you just the way you are. I adored it and especially appreciated that while true to the high school experience, its also something that all my kids can read. (no explicit profanity or sex, thank you very much!) Highly, highly recommend - a wonderful read!
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on June 10, 2011 :
Another great novel by Robin Brande. I was so excited to hear that this was coming out. I loved "Doggirl" as much as I loved "Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature" and "Fat Cat" (which is A LOT). Robin's ability to create characters that are real, and likable, and relatable is what makes her books as wonderful as they are. I completely connected with Riley and her insecurities, and her dogs, Fig, Jack, and Heidi, were just as lovable as the human characters in "Doggirl." A sweet and fun read, perfect for summer.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
Gerald M. Weinberg
on June 1, 2011 :
I read Doggirl because I've read other books by Robin Brande, and loved them all. My love of dogs was just a bonus, but a huge bonus. Without the slightest doubt, I know that if you love dogs, too, you're going to adore this book.
Doggirl is certainly a winner among dog books, but it's much, much more than that. It's also a touching story of a young girl growing up and coming to terms with feeling like an unappreciated stranger among her contemporaries. I'm sure there are thousands of teenagers out there who can identify with Doggirl's feelings.
But there's more. Doggirl's story is not just for young adults. It's for Doggirl's parents as well as the those of us adults who can remember those feelings when they were the "strange" one growing up. I'd definitely one of them, so thank you, Robin Brande.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Ashley @ Book Labyrinth
on May 14, 2011 :
If you like dogs at all (even a tiny bit) stop what you're doing and buy this eBook. Seriously, if you have a soft spot for animals you are going to want to read this book. Robin Brande has written a story that will pull on your heartstrings. This is a sweet story about a girl named Riley who slowly overcomes her social anxieties, letting go of past hurts as she learns to fit in and trust people, instead of just relying on her dogs.
Riley's understanding of, and love for, her dogs is really special. If you believe in human-animal connections you will love reading about how much Riley cares for her animals and how well she knows them. The animal training aspect of the book is amazing. It is so cool what animals can do when they work with a trainer, and all the tricks described in the book sound amazing. It made me wish I could see the play performed in real life.
This is a great book for younger YAs because Riley is a younger teenage character, and the message her story presents is a great one. I think we can all relate to feeling like we don't fit in at one point or another, and Robin Brande addresses that issue in this book. Riley learns to accept herself and trust other people, and it is really lovely seeing such a sweet girl get her chance to shine. With Robin Brande's awesome conversational writing style I really felt like Riley was talking to me and telling me her story. This is just a really great heartwarming story, and it's definitely one to pick up if you're looking for something which addresses more serious issues like bullying and social anxiety while still remaining sweet and light.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on May 1, 2011 :
Told from the point of view of Riley, a freshman who is good with animals but not with people. After being tormented by friends in middle school, Riley decided that the only friends she needed were her parents and her 3 dogs. She keeps a low, lonely profile in high school until she volunteers her amazing trained dogs for a drama production. Will Riley be able to let people get to know her, or is the risk too great? Likable characters, witty and intelligent dialogue, a little romance, and lovable dogs all come together to make a wonderful book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)