Review: THERE IS NO DOG by Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Putnam Juvenile (first published August 2nd 2011) 
ISBN: 0399257640
Source: Audible
Rating:  ♥♥♥♥

Meet your unforgettable protagonist: God, who, as it turns out, is a 19-year-old boy living in the present-day and sharing an apartment with his long-suffering fifty-something personal assistant. Unfortunately for the planet, God is lazy and, frankly, hopeless. He created all of the world's species in six days because he couldn't summon the energy to work for longer. He gets Africa and America mixed up. And his beleagured assistant has his work cut out for him when God creates a near-apolcalyptic flood, having fallen asleep without turning the bath off.
My Thoughts:  
The idea of teen-aged boy being god was intriguing and since I am a fan of other godly inspired reads a la Christopher Moore style I knew this was must read and I was not disappointed.

I was not quite sure what to expect when I began reading THERE IS NO DOG. I had figured that at best I would get a nice chuckle and would find it amusing. Yet, instead I have had some of the best laughs from unbelievably hysterical moments of pure genius and originality. Why? you may ask? Just imagine the idea that God is a lazy and hormonal teenage boy named bob that when he "falls in love" becomes so distracted that the world gets thrown into a state of chaos and our only saving grace is his faithful assistant whom is disgusted with God's lack of intelligence, compassion and patience. Now God has fallen in love again with the lovely girl named Lucy and he is too preoccupied with her to notice all the damage that his obsession is creating around the globe, but that is the least of his problems. His mom has a gambling problem, his Eck now has an expiration date and his assistant wants to find another job. It is not easy being God.

God aka Bob is well portrayed as the self absorbed teenage boy with hormones and a can't be bothered attitude that is twisted and his tantrums are hysterical and oh so cringe worthy. Despite all his many faults you cannot help but like him while at the same time want to throttle him senseless. It is a most peculiar reaction but it makes this novel endearing along with an amazing cast of characters that are unconventionally fun and twisted. Together they made me laugh out loud and get a little twinge of sadness when the story ended because it was just that good.

THERE IS NO DOG is a perfect read for YA fans of Christopher Moore because it is edgy and outlandish, full of profoundly funny and quirky moments unlike any story you have ever read before. Although it can be considered religiously controversial I perceived it in different manner and truly enjoyed it.


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