3 out of 4 stars
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Millie!: A Love Story by Louis D. Lavalle is a nonfiction book about the author’s dog and the impact she had on his life.
In this book, we follow a married couple, Louis and Roseanne, and their journey as they adopt a Yorkshire terrier. They named her Millie. Later on, the author narrates about their struggles with a puppy and the impact that their beloved pet had on their life. This book spans events that happened in the Lavalle household since Millie was a three-month-old puppy until she turned almost sixteen years in December 2020. Each chapter brings a new insight into the hardships Mille faced. However, joyful and happy moments are plentiful in their little family.
This book focuses on the limitless love a person has for his or her dog. It is apparent how enriched Lavalles’s life was with Millie. The author describes the emotional sentiment very well. A reader has a clear picture of their love for Millie and the joy she brings to their life. In that regard, this is a successful and relatable book. Any pet owner can understand this story on a cellular level. I loved that part of this book.
The narrative is quite contradictory and presumptuous. But I can’t share my critique without revealing some parts of the plotline. When they first brought Millie home, they had issues adjusting, and after only five days, Roseanne brought her back to the store. The author says they loved her more than any parent loved his child. But in the end, they gave her up. When they brought her back, it was never explained how they overcame their initial issues. It was just glossed over and never addressed later on. Miscommunication between Louis and Roseanne is obvious and stays unanswered after being brought up at the beginning of the book.
I would recommend this book to all animal lovers, furthermore to all pet owners. They will enjoy this story the best. Other readers interested in nonfiction books with a happy ending will enjoy this book too. There are several instances of profanity that doesn’t make this book suitable for a younger audience. Otherwise, it is a quick read that you might give a chance.
I noticed five grammatical errors. So, the editing isn’t flawless. Combined with my previously mentioned reasons, I can’t rate this book with the perfect score. However, I can’t rate it lower because this is still an enjoyable read that many readers will find relatable. In conclusion, I will rate this book with three out of four stars.
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