Marley & Me (the book)

Reviewed by Mckayla, age 14, Canada

Imagine having a pet you can't control, one that's so bad it destroys your house, doesn't listen to your orders, and embarrasses you in public. Well, that's what happens to John Grogan in the book Marley & Me.

This memoir tells the real life story of how John Grogan and his family try hard to deal with their uncontrollable yellow lab Marley. It all starts when John and his wife Jenny buy a little puppy to help complete their family. They soon realize his unpreventable fear of thunderstorms that leads to the destruction of their home. As Marley grows older he becomes known to them as the "world's worst dog", but also a joyful part of their lives.

As the years pass the Grogans start building onto to their family, moving from house to house. They're always finding out new things about Marley's not-so-dog-like personality. Marley fills their lives with adventures. With a surprise ending, you will also want to see the movie based on the book.

This book is definitely a "must read". It will have you laughing. It will have you smiling. It will have you crying. John Grogan has put a lot of detail into this book that will make you picture what he went through. You won't be able to put it down. It truly reminds me of the real meaning of bonding with your dog.

"A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his." - John Grogan

I give this book 5 stars (of a possible 5).

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
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- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
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- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
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- Dear John
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- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
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- Starting something new
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