Gizelle’s Bucket List – by Lauren Fern Watt

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Gizelle’s Bucket List: My Life with a Very Large Dog by Lauren Fern Watt

Hardcover: 256 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 7, 2017)

ISBN-13: 9781501123658

Synopsis: The playful, epic adventure of a 160-pound English Mastiff and the twenty-something girl who grew up alongside her—Marley & Me for a whole new generation.

Lauren Watt took her 160-pound English Mastiff to college—so of course after graduation, Gizelle followed Lauren to her first, tiny apartment in New York. Because Gizelle wasn’t just a dog; she was a roommate, sister, confidante, dining companion, and everything in between.

Together, Gizelle and Lauren went through boyfriends, first jobs, a mother’s struggle with addiction, and the ups and downs of becoming an adult in the big city. But when Gizelle got sick and Lauren realized her best friend might not be such a constant after all, she designed an epic bucket list to make the absolute most of the time they had left.

Bursting with charm, this unique, coming-of-age story of a girl making her way through life is a testament to the special way pets inspire us to live better, love better, and appreciate the simple pleasures. Gizelle’s Bucket List is the humorous, poignant lesson our pets teach us: to embrace adventure, love unconditionally, and grow into the people we want to be.

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Heartbreaking. That is the only word that keeps coming to my mind as I try to write this review. Beautifully heartbreaking. There. Two words. I can’t do anymore – thinking about the book alone makes me want to cuddle up in my bed with my puppies! Okay fine… I’ll add a few more words.

This book follows Lauren Fern Watt’s journey with her dog; a 160 pound mastiff named Gizelle. Oh and did I mention that Gizelle is dying? Yeah. She is. And I am still crying. Gizelle and Lauren set out to complete Gizelle’s bucket list and make the rest of her life the most amazing ever (crying again, just from writing this).

Gizelle’s Bucket List reminds us that life in general is precious and it is important to enjoy every minute; a very relatable and important underlying theme. It was a beautiful story, but if anyone is sensitive to sad dog stories, this might be one to skip. I am happy I read it, and after I go to the store to replace the 3 boxes of kleenex I just used up, I am going to make my own bucket list!

Rating: 7.5/10 – (because of the sadness)

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Simon & Schuster Canada*

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