Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Doggy Divas: Roxy's Rules

Lauren Brown

From head of the pack to lone, lone wolf!

Roxy Davis is in the dog house.  Big time.  After kissing her BFF's crush over summer break, Roxy finds herself banished to the company of Monroe Middle School misfits Georgia and Kim.  And when things can't get any worse, the town dog walkers go on strike.  Dogs are running wild, giving Roxy the bright idea to recruit her fellow outcasts to start their very own dog walking business.

Roxy soon learns that pampering pooches will not only earn her points for cleaning up the neighborhood, but will also teach her a thing or two about friendship.

My Take:

I really enjoyed this syrupy sweet little book.  The plot focused on the classic "popular girl falls from grace and discovers true friendship with underdogs" storyline that is so common in books of this genre.  But plot isn't everything, the writing is much more important, and this book is very well written.  It is obvious that the author of this book is very in the know on what technology kids are embracing, namely Twitter and Facebook.  The author is also very in tune with tween girls and I felt that the book was quite authentic in the dialogue.  She didn't go overboard with the teenspeak, which is good, because when an author does that, they don't make their book sound younger but instead end up aging themselves.  There were lots of cute things about the book, but my favorite parts were the "Doggy Confessionals" which were featured at the end of each chapter.  The dogs were observant,very insightful and sassy, much more so that their human counterparts.  The Doggy Confessionals are definitely what sets The Doggy Divas: Roxy's Rules apart from other books with similar premises.  Overall I really enjoyed this book, but as with many of the books written for those of a younger demographic, there were definitely some logic leaps where you have to force yourself not to over think.  I don't really mind this, as I believe it to be a perfectly acceptable writing device in a book for a 9 year old girl. I tried not to think too hard on why a dog walker's strike would lead to dogs freely roaming the halls of the local middle school (why not just lock them up in cages and dog runs?), because ultimately, it didn't really matter.  The book isn't meant to be a deep character study into the human condition blah blah blah, its just meant to be fluffy fun, and it absolutely is.  This book is a great price and a good book for a young girl, I'd say, 2 Borders with a Coupon.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I''d love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If Doggy Divas: Roxy's Rules was a movie, it would be rated G, appropriate for all audiences





***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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14 comments:

Hannah @ Every Little Thing said...

Aww!! This book looks soo good! Added to TBR!

Hannah
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Kittie Howard said...

Enjoyed your review...think it's great there are some sugary books out there. Fun fantasy is such a part of being a tween. I sometimes think we just water down plots what we'd like to read, and, in the process put an edge of tweens that they're not quite ready for.

Alena said...

Sounds like a really fun book! :) I am a follower ;)

tanya904 said...

Thanks for the giveaway I tweeted it
http://twitter.com/starryeyed24/status/5474622514405376

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AmberLaShell said...

Okay here we go

1) email address is amberlashell@gmail.com
2) I am now followin you on twitter and tweeted you (mine is @amerlashell)
2) am now folloing @LBAuthor
3) Your button is on my blog (amberlashell.com) on my left sidebar

Love your blog!

fredamans said...

I am a doggy diva and would love to read this story! Sounds fun!

freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

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Jinky said...

Thanks for the chance.
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*my blog sidebar (booksthattugtheheart.blogspot.com)
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Jinky
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Jinky said...

Oh, and I'm following you on Twitter. :)

Deborah~~Your Bookish Dame said...

What a fabulous blog!! I can only aspire to this much awesomeness someday! Thanks for visiting my humble "abookishlibraria" blog. I'm really amazed that you even found me. You've given me so much to think about in developing my own site.
Thanks again, and many wishes for your continued good success!
Hugs,
Your Bookish Dame/Deborah

Zoë said...

this book looks really adorable, I am a follower of the book buff and would love to enter :)

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sablelexi said...

This book looks cute.
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Brenda said...

I am an old follower on GFC. I love doggie stories and this one sounds great! kittycrochettwo at msn dot com.

Cristin Coupon said...

Looks like a fun book; great to read while exercising. I am a new follower of your site.

soulunsung said...

This, to me, looks like it'd be a really fun summer read. Something cute and sassy, ya know. I'll definitely be looking into this one, thank you for the review. :)

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