Think A Dog’s Purpose (W. Bruce Cameron) only with a cat … kind of.

Boo, a resourceful young feline, is intensely devoted to her human companion, Carrie. However, Carrie—or Mother, as Boo calls her—suddenly leaves her family. Boo worries about who will fill her food dish and provide a warm lap to nestle into. More pressing still, trying to uncover the truth about why Carrie left.

I’m a cat person, so the cover of this book immediately grabbed my attention when I was searching NetGalley. My first impression of this book when I read the description was that it would be somewhat like Cameron’s book. A book with a cat as a narrator … I was in! I hoped this book would be as great. However, it didn’t live up to the expectations I had. Unfair expectations perhaps because I LOVED A Dog’s Purpose.

The Astonishing Thing didn’t bring forth any emotions at all. I found that I cared about the characters but I wasn’t totally invested in their story. There were some interesting points that I wanted the answers to and those points are what kept me turning the pages. However, none of these points were all that intriguing.

In the end, I enjoyed this book though I probably wouldn’t read it again. If you’re a cat person like me, give it try.

Advanced copy of The Astonishing Thing provided by NetGalley.


Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Astonishing Thing

Author: Sandi Ward

Release Date: October 31, 2017

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