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Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

9781408870778

My life is stuck and you’ve just got to do something to get yourself free. Anything.’…..from Jonathan Unleashed.

Jonathan suffers from Weltschmerz and his work and love life cannot be worse than they already are. Add to it the two dogs his brother leashes on to him, and it can only spell a whirlpool (Eddy) of disastrous circumstances. The story starts with Jonathan coming home from work to find the dogs talking about him. He gets the impression that the dogs constantly scrutinise his life and he can sense their disapproval at his choices. In an effort towards making them happy, and simultaneously working on a strong urge to cross the threshold into adulthood, Jonathan finds himself juggling his not-so-happening advertising job and his not-unimpressive girlfriend Julie, with his complicated relationship with his philosophical canine roommates. His childhood friend Max and Comrade Greeley, add spice to the narrative. Whether Jonathan manages to unleash himself is what keeps the reader glued to the book till the end.

Jonathan Unleashed is a delightful tale that is bound to make the reader smile, laugh and introspect at the same time. Very deftly, Meg Rosoff manages to add romance, intrigue and humour to Jonathan’s life story. His dilemmas make this a page-turner. Dante and Sissy, the two four-legged main characters reach out and instantly give a warm fuzzy feeling. Their intelligence and sensitivity shine through the narrative.

A highly recommended book to start the year with. And best read with  your own canine soulmate nicely snuggling next to you!!!!!!

On a personal note….it was an absolute pleasure moderating Meg Rosoff’s session at the Galle Literary Festival 2016.

About the author- Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and worked in publishing and advertising before she moved to London in 1989, where she lives now with her husband and daughter. Formerly a Young Adult author, Meg has earned numerous prizes  for YA fiction. How I Live Now was her first novel. It won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Printz Award for young-adult literature.  Jonathan Unleashed is her first adult novel.

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Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika co-manages thegoodbookcorner.com. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master's degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika's articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror and Daily News and various blogs, such as, talkingcranes.com, sikhchic.com, sikhnet.com. She is actively involved with SAARC Women's Association of Sri Lanka. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. Her short stories have been published online and she is also working on her own novel. Artika has published My Little Sikh Handbook and is currently working on her second children's book, with Sikhism as its central theme. You can reach Artika at bakshiartika@gmail.com .

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This entry was posted on January 23, 2016 by in Book Reviews, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult and tagged , , , .
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