Saturday, 13 August 2016

Review: Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

Jonathan Unleashed
by Meg Rosoff
Publisher: Viking
Release Date:July 5th, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him—only richer and with a different sense of humor. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing, back before everyone expected him to act like a grown-up.

When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan's world view begins to shift. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly maneuvering on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all.

A funny, wise romantic comedy set in Manhattan, Jonathan Unleashed is a story of tangled relationships, friendships, and dogs. Rosoff’s novel is for anyone wondering what to be when they grow up, and how on earth to get there.

When I first came across Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff, it instantly struck me as a unique kind of read, one unlike any other I've come across from either Meg Rosoff or any other author writing in the adult fiction genre. Featuring a curious male lead, Jonathan Trefoil's life is quite similar to other young adults who are coming to terms with what it means to grow up. His girlfriend wants to move on and get married to someone with money, his boss is a total nightmare, and he finds himself wondering when life decided to become so perplexing. That's when two lovable, mischievous, but loyal dogs stumble into his life and shift his world completely.

"How had he got here? Only a few minutes ago he'd been a kid, riding his bike to school, collecting comics, doing homework and watching TV. Over the years, a few trappings of adulthood had insinuated themselves into his life without making significant inroads. Real adult life seemed to exist over there, somewhere as distant and unreachable as Uranus."

Meg Rosoff's Jonathan Unleashed was the perfect quick read any contemporary reader would enjoy. There isn't much I can divulge about the title without spoiling quite a few plot points, however I will say that Jonathan Unleashed was hilarious, heartwarming, very well-written, and highly addictive to read. It was different from what I usually pick up, but I found it to be unbelievably refreshing from the world of fantasy, which I so often choose to venture. Jonathan Unleashed is the perfect book for teens/young adults just getting out of high school and possibly moving onto college. It asks all the questions we so often do in our early 20's, and Jonathan's perspective and narrative felt completely on point.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Excellent review!

  2. Aw this one sound sliek a quirky, unique contemporary read which is something I always enjoy reading! I love how although it's not my typical read judging by the synopsis I think it's a book I'd fall in love with very quickly. I love how it's got a male POV, DOGS!, humour and great writing!

  3. Sounds like a fantastic coming of age story and I'm so happy dogs are a major part! Jonathon seems like a cool, unique sort of character and his story sounds like something many young adults can find themselves relating to. Great review!