You Lucky Dog by Debra Finerman
Order: USA Can
Self, 2018 (2018)
Reviewed by Rheta Van Winkle
You Lucky Dog, by Debra Finerman, tells the story of Emma and Jake, a happily married couple, who live in sunny Southern California, both working at their dream jobs.
When Emma begs Jake to take their Westie, also called Jake, to the vet for treatment of an infection, he drives off in her small car, holding the dog against his chest. He becomes distracted, pulls into traffic without looking, and has a horrible accident, which kills him.
However, Jake the dog survives and Jake the man finds out that he is still alive, but in the body of the dog. He quickly discovers that he can still talk, but limits his conversations with people to Emma, because other people who hear him think they're losing their minds.
This is a funny book about what it might be like to be metamorphosed into an animal, and although there are obviously tragic elements, these are dealt with lightly. Jake has many interesting adventures in his new life, and even manages to use his voice on occasion to help Emma or someone else, without letting others know where the voice is coming from.
I enjoyed reading this book and kept wondering how the author was going to end it, but all my possible predictions were false. Finerman managed a believable ending, which increased the fun and for the most part cancelled any sadness that one might have felt for these star-crossed lovers.
Note: Opinions expressed in reviews and articles on this site are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of BookLoons.
Find more Fantasy books on our Shelves or in our book Reviews
You Lucky Dog by Debra Finerman
A love story with one BIG twist, You Lucky Dog is a great pick for dog lovers looking for a hilarious, romantic and heartwarming beach read. Jake and Emma are in love, but when Jake dies in an accident, it seems like they have lost each other forever. Not so fast! Jake soon returns to life, stuck in the body of the couple’s dog. Will Jake escape his predicament? Pick up a copy of You Lucky Dog to find out!
"You Lucky Dog is a heartfelt romantic comedy that is full of heartbreak and laughter. When Emma loses Jake in a horrific accident little does she know he comes back as their beloved dog. A beautifully written story that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. The perfect read for a lazy day at the beach." –Lovely Loveday
Seaside Book Nook
One (or more) Sentence Summary: You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy You Lucky Dog. What a refreshing story with an unusual take on a husband's death! You Lucky Dog was a very easy, quick and loaded with lots of laughs kind of read.
Right from the beginning I was drawn in to the story. I really liked the scenes where Emma and Jake would eat or she was on a date. Perfect book to read any time of the year!
Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I would read other book by Debra. It was an easy and good read!
The Three Tomatoes
In Debra Finerman’s newest novel, you find out in chapter one that Jake (husband of Emma) has been killed in a car crash. Well not quite. Seems his dog was in the car at the time of the crash and now somehow Jake finds himself alive, but living in the body of his dog. Oh, and he can talk too. So, suspend all disbelief and go with the flow, and you will find this a fun and funny, delightful beach read. And dog lovers will give this an added star.