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Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning

Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning lived up to its name. The book is the story of a young boy named Benny who dreams of owning a dog and an old lady named Bess who dreams of taking a dog to the Westminster dog show. The two are neighbors and meet because Benny thinks he keeps hearing a puppy and follows the noise to Bess’s kennel.

Benny is a student at a school for kids with issues and spends a lot of time with school’s founder and psychiatrist, Dr. Kate. I read in several other reviews that Benny was autistic. I never got that impression from the book, but I might have missed it. (If you read it, let me know your thoughts.)

It took me a while to get into this book (I was about halfway done, before I wanted to pick it up each time), but I was glad that I finished it. I recommend it, if you like watching The National Dog Show each Thanksgiving. ( Side note: did you see the Min Pin escape artist this year?)

Anyway, would I recommend this book? Probably. Given the right audience (dog lovers or lovers of determined kids) it will be a huge hit. I love dogs, so the dog show aspect was fascinating. I love determined kids and the insight into everything that Benny was trying to overcome was intriguing as well. This story doesn’t have much action and it takes a long time to build to the excitement.

Finally, I was a bit confused by the ending. While I understood what happened, it was like there was chunk of the story missing and I didn’t know how it went from plot point A to B.

This book releases on January 4.

I received an advance copy of the book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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