Marley & Me

Marley & Me

Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

Book - 2005
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This No.1 Sunday Times bestseller tells the heart-warming tale of how a wiggly yellow fur ball of a puppy could grow into a barrelling, ninety-seven pound stramroller of a Labrador retriever who would prove that unconditional love comes in many forms.

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Along comes Marley, mischievous, hyperactive and so unruly he is expelled from obedience school. How could they possibly know that this incorrigible dog could teach them more about love for life than they could hope to teach him?

Since becoming a major motion picture, starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, this heart-warming and unforgettable story of a family and their haphazard dog has become a timeless family favourite.

Publisher: New York : Morrow, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780340922095
Characteristics: xi, 291 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Marley and me


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DBRL_KrisA Nov 07, 2017

To say that I have mixed feelings about this book would be an understatement. When I read Cesar Millan's "Be the Pack Leader", he mentioned that he had visited the Grogans in Pennsylvania, well after Marley had died. (Millan visits them in a segment of his show, The Dog Whisperer, to help them get a handle on their new Lab, Gracie.) Anyhow, reading "Marley & Me", I was constantly seeing examples of the behaviors Millan cautions owners against - inconsistent enforcement of rules, allowing the dog to assert dominance, etc. And I was also recognizing things that even I, as an "amateur dog owner", knew were not helping their relationship with Marley. And that was making me feel not very kindly toward the author.

But then I read the section of the book that covers Marley's "golden years" and the end of his life. And I made the mistake of reading part of this section in the middle of a Wendy's burger joint, at lunchtime rush hour. And I ugly cried in the middle of Wendy's at rush hour.

And yet, I think about the fact that the family never made an honest effort to figure out why Marley behaved the way he did - why he destroyed furniture, or went absolutely neurotic over a thunderstorm. Brogan mentions the thousands of dollars they spent in replacing things and repairing walls that Marley tore up, and the money spent on regular visits to the vet, but they never spent any money on a professional trainer like Millan.

One of the worst parts of the book is toward the end. Marley's old, in poor health, and has recently had a health event that lets the Grogans know he's not long for this world. So what do they do? Leave him with the vet, pack up the kids and go to Disney World. If a cherished member of your family is literally at death's door, you don't take a vacation.

I remember when I was in seventh grade, this movie came out. I saw it once, and then all I know is something too summarized and condensed I'm like "Where did the time went by so quickly?" We all wanted to at least forget about it at the end and let it slip aside, yet I was very curious to find out more once when I'm older. I never forgot not all endings are full of fluff with happily-ever-afters. One presidency had passed, my time came to finally read a book when all of a sudden Roxie had around a few months left to live and that Zellie was gonna die anytime soon. Their days of expiration were alooming us, but we'll never know for sure.

This book was indeed a more specific "true story" version of "Saying Goodbye to Lulu" except... most of the story took place as the prequel for twenty-four chapters straight - in other words, the entire life of a dog - before coming to the last few chapters.

On the guest star note, the current president we have today was on pages 130-131. I never forgot to write it down in one of my journals in mid-February.

Eight years have I forgotten most of the names of the people before my initial read as a college student. This book literally related to my life sometimes, but on the contrast: the author was the columnist whereas I am going to be a journalist. Can't wait to see "The Last Home Run" on Netflix!

If you want some serious fun with this book, go for it like I did!

Aug 26, 2016

A wonderful story, full of humor, loved it!

Aug 03, 2015

This book is all around amazing. Its funny but has its seriousness. I love it

Jun 07, 2014


Aug 16, 2013

So sad.. but a beautiful story.. It really pulls at your heart's strings! I get choked up, that's how good it is! Again, so beautifully written!

midnightvupecula Jul 19, 2013

This is a really adorable and funny book. I found myself snickering aloud at parts and my heart wept at some sad places.

Nov 11, 2012

It me took a while to get into, BUT once I got about halfway... IT WAS SOOOO GOOD!!!!

Sep 27, 2012

Fantastic and heartbreaking story about Marley life. Easy to read and can't put down. Was recommended by friend.

Faeron1 Sep 04, 2012

I thought it really showed how much people are willing to sacrafice.

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Madymino Jul 13, 2012

Sexual Content: There are detailed intercourse scenes of the author and his wife.

Madymino Jul 13, 2012

Coarse Language: There are some actual swear words.


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Oct 25, 2010

"Aw, he's clearance dog!"


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