(Spoiler free review!)
It’s rare for me to pick up a book that I haven’t heard much about, so I was surprised yesterday when I picked this up. The only thing I know about this book is that it’s being turned into a movie, the trailer looks good and it was cheap on the iBooks store, but evidentially that’s enough for me to pick it up!
This book tells the story of a homeless man in London who finds a cat in his apartment building that changes his life – it’s a true story, which makes it all the more loveable.
I found the story particularly interesting as I’m sure we all have see a homeless person every now and then and wonder about their story. For me, it’s on my way to school. He has a beautiful black Labrador and I normally feel sorry for him because people give to the dog and not to him. This book has really changed the way I see that relationship, I love books that have the power to do that.
James Bowen has a very interesting story. I love that, from the very beginning, you know exactly how Bob helped him, because you’re reading this book and you’ve seen that trailer and you kinda have an idea how his life turned out. I loved the factual nature of James’ narrative, it’s really very straightforward, he doesn’t overdramatise and try to make everything sound grander than it is, is honest – and that makes the story all the more heart warming.
The writing style is pretty basic. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, it’s very easy to read and really puts all the focus on the story itself, not on any fancy, embellished metaphors. If I had one complaint about the novel, it would be that it’s a little bit repetitive. There are some pages where the same sentence has been repeated several times. Strangely this didn’t annoy me as much as it normally would, for some reason, in this book I felt it made the story all the more endearing.
Then, of course, there’s Bob himself. I think I fell a little bit in love with Bob. I love that he got his own personality and was such a presence in the book, it really helped the beauty of the story. I completely understand why there’s a children’s version of this book, it would make a great kids story (if you lost all the heroin references).
I can see why this is being made into a movie, I can see it being really good – I can’t wait to watch it!
Overall, I gave this a 4/5 stars. It was a beautiful story and a really quick read, it was a little repetitive in places so I don’t think I could give it 5/5, but it’s still highly recommended!
Have you read it? Have you seen the movie? What did you think?