Friday, March 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Rotten by Michael Northrop Review

I am taking part in the Rotten Blog tour today hosted by Books With Bite. On my stop I have my review for you!

  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review/tour
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A troubled teen. A rescued Rottweiler. An unlikely friendship.

Jimmer "JD" Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer "upstate." No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it's pretty clear that he has something to hide. It's also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away---a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (yes, after that guy in the Sex Pistols). Both tough but damaged, JD and Johnny slowly learn to trust each other, but their newfound bond is threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of Johnny's powerful jaws. As the secrets JD has tried so hard to keep under wraps start to unravel, he suddenly has something much bigger to worry about: saving his dog.

My Thoughts

I admit that I was nervous going into this because I was terrified about what might happen to the dog. This story was very hard to read if you are an animal lover. It was emotional, enraging, and hopeful. This was a book that had me feeling irrationally angry at times, close to tears at others, and smiling at other times. This is about a broken boy and a broken dog and how they save each other.  I thought it was wonderful!

JD has been away for the summer and when he comes home his mom has gotten them a dog. JD is beating himself up over the secret that he's hiding, and isn't so sure about the dog, but he slowly opens up to him just as the dog, JR for Johnny Rotten, opens up to him too. JD seems like he might be a troubled boy, but he really is a good kid and he just happened to do some stupid things. Things that are now coming back to bite him as they have to fight to save JR. I thought that JD was insecure, afraid, and most of all, ashamed of himself. I loved the bond that he formed with JR and what he was willing to do to save him.

Now here is where I get a little personal in this review. The whole situation with them just labeling the dog as bad and dismissing him as an object makes me so mad. The fact that they can just dismiss how horrible the other people are because a dog is "just an animal" made me get very worked and angry. I got very emotional reading this book because I know what it's like to lose a dog because of a situation gone wrong. I won't go into my actual situation, but I do know how JD felt so this really hit my emotions hard.

This was a very quick read that was tough on my emotions, but really a fantastic book about friendship and hope. It shows the good and bad of people and what people are willing to do on both sides of the scale whether it be save the ones you care about, or destroy them for selfish reasons. It was about getting a second chance and doing everything you can to make the most of it because that second chance could be gone before you know it. This story was really harsh, but beautiful.


  1. Sounds like a really emotion enducing book! Being a dog lover, I'm a little worried about this book but at the same quite excited! Thanks for sharing and great review! ;)

    1. I'm not going to say that it's not sad and it's not tough to read at times. Being a big animal lover it's hard to read anything negative when it comes to any animal, but it's not going to break you or anything. I think that it was done really well.

  2. Awww...this sounds like a touching story. The puppy in the picture reminds me of my old dog. *wipes tear*

  3. hah omg the first few times I came upon this book I had the same thought about the dog. I can't deal with animals that get abused or hurt so I'm not sure I wanted to even consider reading this one for fear of what I'd find inside. It sounds more hopefuly and positive than I had first thought though so I think I could enjoy it. I did hear good things about this author and this is definitely a genre I love to read. Glad you liked it, Amypoo!

  4. It didn't even occur to me that something bad could happen to the dog until I started reading. And then I was super-worried.

    Loved this book - the guy POV, the dog (who was realistically dog-like IMO) and the relationship between them.

  5. Oh I don't think I can read it. I would be like you - worried about the dog and totally irrational. But it sounds so good. Maybe.

  6. I really liked this one too. I was worried about the outcome but liked how it all went. I definitely got angry at the stupidity of people though!

  7. Thanks so much for being a part of the tour and loved your review! :)

  8. "Harsh but beautiful." Sounds like a tough read, but I'm glad you ended up enjoying the book overall.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden


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