Format: Audiobook via BorrowBox
What I liked
– I found the special relationships that people have with their pets very moving, and how deep the grief can be when they die. Nothing makes me feel sadder than when pets die, I get emotional just thinking about it. I don’t know if groups for people grieving over lost pets are real, but I hope they are!
– I thought it was well paced, and has a fun cast of characters who are given depth. I liked that Mia does learn that her initial judgements on the people around her are shown to be shallow, and that everyone has their own problems happened in the behind the scenes, just as she does.
What didn’t work
– Mia’s relationship with her cat is uncomfortably intense and definitely beyond normal! She is also very judgemental and I found her difficult to warm to.
– It got a little too wacky as Mia grows increasingly erratic, which makes for an odd tone when everything that happens is very sad and painful. This is a book that tries humour but its not a funny book because there is too much tragedy behind it.
– The ending was very sweet but could only really have occurred with some kind of divine intervention! It did make me roll my eyes a little bit!
It won’t be for everybody but it might be a good choice if you want something easy to listen to as you do your chores!
It has made me hug my cats a little tighter (which they do not like!).