Themes & Genres: Literary Fiction, family, pets, cats
Pet owners know that a cat’s loyalty is not easily earned. Boo, a resourceful young feline with a keen eye and inquiring mind, has nonetheless grown intensely devoted to her human companion, Carrie. Several days ago, Carrie—or Mother, as Boo calls her—suddenly went away, leaving her family, including Boo, in disarray. Carrie’s husband, Tommy, is distant and distracted even as he does his best to care for Boo’s human siblings, especially baby Finn.
Boo worries about who will fill her food dish, and provide a warm lap to nestle into. More pressing still, she’s trying to uncover the complicated truth about why Carrie left. Though frequently mystified by human behavior, Boo is sure that Carrie once cared passionately for Tommy and adores her children, even the non-feline ones. But she also sees it may not be enough to make things right. Perhaps only a cat—a wise, observant, very determined cat—can do that…
What I think of the book:
So, I got a paperback ARC of The Astonishing Thing and the first thing I want to say is: the cover is so pretty with a cute cat and the title is so shiny… This book is different from most of my paperbacks (Fantasy and Paranormal), but I couldn’t wait to find it a place on my bookshelves!
Okay, now that I got that out of my system: the review.
When I found out that the book was narrated by a cat I got pretty excited because one – that’s not something I read every day, and two – in case you haven’t realized by my user name on various social media: I love cats.
However, I was also a little apprehensive.
Pulling off the POV of another creature is a difficult task and there was the possibility that after a while this book would turn into a tedious read.
I’m happy to say that Boo the cat ended up being a wonderful narrator, her remarks adding a bit of humor to a novel centred around a heavy topic like a family falling apart. Boo’s charm is felt throughout the story, along with the strong feelings she has for her human family. In a very touching fashion, the cat is determined to help everyone out the best she can, even though sometimes “helping” actually brings trouble.
The Astonishing Thing may be told from the POV of a pet, but it felt more realistic than a lot of non-Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi books I’ve read that were narrated by humans and truly made me miss some of the cats my family’s had through the years and that are no longer with us. I’ve read a lot of novels this year, but I’m pretty sure this one is going to make its way on my Books I Read and Loved in 2017 list.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend this book to readers who want something a little different in the way of POV and also to people who treat their pets as part of family.
My rating: (5 out of 5 cats)
Would I re-read this book? Probably.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
- amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)
Add The Astonishing Thing to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
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