Atticus by S. Bennett aka Sawyer Bennett Release Date: June 12, 2018 Publisher: Big Dog Books Standalone Number of pages: 442 Kindle Edition Source: Amazon Pre-Order Contemporary Fiction Rating: PG Read 6/12/18 to 6/13/18
I really thought I’d have to start this review with a disclaimer. Something like “Warning: reader/reviewer is not a dog person. She doesn’t dislike dogs but is weary of them on top of being allergic so cannot be blamed for not thoroughly enjoying this story.” Let me tell you, my lack of a dog loving gene makes no difference with this book. It reeled me in and kept my interest all while tugging at my heartstrings and having me rooting for Hazel every step of the way.
Atticus has so much personality that I couldn’t help but love him. He’s so very smart but really has a stubborn streak. He’s going to do what he wants when he wants, end of story. It’s a good thing Hazel loves him so much.
Hazel really didn’t start off as a sympathetic character for me. Obviously, she had some crap happen to her that was terrible. But she was living under a cloud of doom she put over herself. Part of that is self-esteem issues. But it’s also partly due to laziness and excuses. She wasn’t a bad person, by any means. She seemed to always have a great moral compass and a very deep sense of compassion for those around her. She also made some extremely bad choices in her life that she didn’t seem to want to own up to. She’d rather go around thinking her family didn’t care for her or that she wasn’t worth having good people in her life than admit that she made mistakes and that she was wrong. That all changes once she’s responsible for more than herself. When another living being is relying on her, all of her good qualities shine through and she learns to shed the negativity.
The relationships Hazel forges throughout this story, with the help of Atticus, are truly beautiful. The inner circle she creates has so many facets and so many personalities, but somehow it works. Friendship is really a magnificent thing.
Don’t discount this one if you feel you’re not a “dog person”, like I almost did. Honestly, if this story wasn’t written by Sawyer Bennett, whose writing I really adore, I would have skipped it thinking it wasn’t my cup of tea. I am beyond thankful I decided to give it a go. But be prepared, it will get to your heart. I have to say, the very last line of this story totally destroyed me and I cried like a baby.