What do we owe to our neighbors, and in particular, to our elderly neighbors? He hardly glanced at me in the hallways of Captain Charles Wilkes Junior High after that. Although Rena seemed believable, her relationship with Chuck seemed to be lacking. Told in the first person, I felt as if I could be telling parts of the story. Rena is so believable that Mary must have formed her after someone she truly knows. She was just casually driving by his new house, taking stock of his new life, when the dog invited himself into her car. Unfortunately, being a dog-napper is the least of Rena's problems. A few months later, I started going out with a guy who came from a family of novelists, editors, magazine writers, and movie makers.
I just didn't feel a connection there and there didn't seem to be any kind of definite closure about what was happening with the two of them. Rena never meant to steal her ex-boyfriend's dog. Gone to the Dogs was a pretty easy read, and at the same time was funny and keep me interested. The difference being that Brian had been her boyfriend for seven years. Her dad is pressuring her to join him in the family plumbing business.
If Saul Bellow and Lucille Ball produced a love child, she would write like Mary Guterson. The pay was terrible, but the experience invaluable. Right now though, being a dog-napper is the least of Rena's problems. Fallen off the face of the earth, only to resurface with a gorgeous, live-in girlfriend and live-in dog? Honestly, a girl can only take so much. Then there's the whole bit where Rena's mom starts dating again and thinks Rena should too, her sister is in crisis, and her job pretty much sucks. Where does responsibility begin and where does it end? If the break-up with Brian wasn't bad enough, Rena's mother is getting serious with a new guy Rena is unsure about, her sister's seemingly happy Orthodox Jewish marriage is in trouble, and her family is on a mission to fix her up with a new man. The main character is Rena, a college-educated waitress with no motivation to live up to the potential everyone else thinks she has.
It should be depressing, but it's really just funny. Rena's fiance together 7 years finds a new love on a trip and doesn't have the decency to break up with her properly, instead allowing his father to tell her. About the Author Tasha is an avid reader of all things fiction. This comic breakup novel will have readers cheering for its loveable, dumped, dog-napping heroine. Rena came across as being just like any other women and not some super beauty who has everything going for her. There are many amusing relationships such as Rena's divorced mother who has fallen in love with a much younger man who may be converting. I will definitely recommend this book to my girl friends.
I also would have liked to see what happened with Rena's sister as well as what happened with her ex, Brian. Definitely a guilty pleasure, about as close to chick lit as I can bring myself, but very snarky and funny in spots, and how can you resist a book where, in the very first chapter, our heroine steals her exe's dog? Rena is the endearing narrator in this wonderful Jewish satire. She was just casually driving by his new house, taking stock of his new life, when the dog invited himself into her car. Her life is chaotic not only with the breakup and now having a dog to take care of, but being a college graduate still living in her college apartment and waiting tables in a diner. Mary Guterson lives on Bainbridge Island. Suggest this one to Jennifer Weiner's many fans and to readers of Julie Powell's nonfiction Julie and Julia 2005 about another young woman struggling to find a life that works.
However,one of these set-ups, Chuck, does interest her. She is a hugely sarcastic, witty, albeit unmotivated and somewhat confused Jewish girl. Like most females at one time or another, Rena gets dumped. It is amazing what the green eyed monster can drive good people to do. Rena, heartbroken, steals the new girlfriend's dog! It was such a fun read, honestly, I don't think I've enjoyed a character this much since Jennifer Weiner's Good In Bed. I don't think you will be disappointed. Will Aviva and Aryeh stay together? Rena is obsessed with the fact that his new relationship seems to be moving faster than the one th This was a very easy and enjoyable book to read.
Fallen off the face of the earth, only to resurface with a gorgeous, live-in girlfriend and live-in dog? And I love it when I can make myself laugh. Suddenly, I knew people who made their living by wielding their pens. However, even tho it was light and fun, it was well written. I haven't had a romantic break up since the 1980s, but for some reason, strongly identified. And she cannot understand how her main supplier of recreational drugs, her older sister, has become an Orthodox Jew, replete with wig and all-things-kosher, at the behest of her husband.
What is your favorite part about writing? Besides, how could a yellow lab as great as this one be happy living with those two very bad people? I loved Rena, the casually Jewish protagonist. I could do something I loved—writing—and, with enough luck, talent, and determination, make a living by doing so. I won this in a First Reads contest in July of 2009. In a mad moment, she steals her ex's dog, and in the process of caring for Big Guy, she starts to recover from her depression and realizes it's time to move on from her college apartment, job, and lifestyle there are many zany and refreshingly realistic characters, from big sister Aviva--a dope dealer turned both stay-at home-mom and Orthodox Jew--to possible love interest and amateur moviemaker Chuck. Rena never meant to steal her ex-boyfriend's dog. If Rena wants to straighten things out, she'll have to face up to the choices she's made, the dreams she's put on hold, and the man who broke her heart.
This book is somewhat funny and Rena is very believable and likable. She was just casually driving by his new house, taking stock of his new life, when the dog invited himself into her car. Overall, the story of Rena's dog the The pages of Gone to the Dogs are dripping with sarcasm thanks to the story's main character, Rena. Fallen off the face of the earth, only to resurface with a gorgeous, live-in girlfriend and live-in dog? Prepare to be totally depressed every single day over your entire lack of talent. She now lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband and two teens. Guterson manages to make Rena's struggle to get over Brian her fiance who moved in with someone else and let his dad break the news in a way the felt very real.