Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

A heart-touching, gut-wrenching story told from the perspective of a dog, Enzo, who is looking back at his life on his last night alive, this book is a beautiful illustration of the true companionship and intelligence of our pets. Enzo loves his master Denny and longs to be able to communicate with him in ways that Denny can understand. So many times our pets know something is wrong before we do, and yet they are limited at the ways in which they can warn us, comfort us, and love us.

We don’t have a dog, but we do have two cats. We like to joke with people that they think they are dogs – they play fetch, they beg for people food from the table, they constantly want our attention, and they love anyone who walks in the door. Most cats keep to themselves – but not ours. They are true companions to us. When we are sick, they cuddle us in an attempt to comfort us. When we are packing to go on a trip, they sit on top of our suitcases so that we can’t put anything in them.

As I read Enzo’s story, I couldn’t help but think about all the animals I’ve had throughout the years. They have made my life better, that’s for sure. There’s no more loyal friend than the pets that we have. They aren’t just pets – they are family.

I found this book trailer on the author’s website. It does more for the book than any words in any review could – so enjoy!

Crystal Rowe

wife to D, mama to A & E, sister, daughter, niece, aunt, follower of Christ, writer, book lover, beloved child of God