Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein

Here's why books deserve second chances: I tried listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein, a while ago and just couldn't get into it. Maybe it was because I was in training for a long-distance walk at the time and wasn't able to concentrate on anything but putting one foot in front of the other. But then I kept reading reviews about how good it was and also noticed my daughter's roommate reading it, and I thought, "maybe I should give this book another try." And I'm glad I did - because I ended up loving it. The Art of Racing in the Rain is told through the eyes of Enzo the dog.

Here's a recap:

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. There have been a lot of uphill battles, not the least of which is the loss of Denny's wife, Eve, and the struggle over who will care for their daughter, Zoe. But Enzo is fiercely loyal to his family and is determined to see them through these losses and emerge the better for them.
I know what you're thinking: does the dog die in the end? I would have to say, "no, Enzo lives on forever." The Art of Racing in the Rain was definitely worth a second chance.