March 20th, 2020


Book review: Poppy

Poppy (American Dog #2) by Jennifer Li Shotz

Poppy is a sweetie, but she needs training and exercise, and her owner is recovering from an operation and can't cope with her rescued dog, which she loves. However, Hannah who lives next door and recently moved to California from Michigan and has her own problems, volunteers to help so that Poppy won't have to be returned to the shelter.

Hannah misses her friends, who knew and accepted her; the birthmark on her face bothers some people, so Hannah withdraws and wishes she could go back. Her family is supportive, but her parents are busy with work and their other children, especially the twins. Her mother tries to help Hannah find new friends, but they have their own friends--and surfing.

The dog training background is well done; I remember the training classes I took my dogs to--starting with puppy kindergarten--and I love the trainer. Hannah is sometimes on the verge of quitting--training requires patience and perseverance--but she wants to save Poppy. She makes some connections finally with other girls and their dogs, but there are distressing complications--and how can she fit in with the surfing crowd?

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