“The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and–most especially–the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human.”



I picked up The Art of Racing in the Rain in the charity shop a while ago because it had a dog on the cover and looked a little like Marley and Me, but when I got home and realised it was about car racing I popped it on the TBR and promptly forgot about it.

About a year later I dragged it out and started it, fully prepared to put it down with boredom for all the racing and was promptly sucked in and read the entire book in a day!

The Art of Racing in the Rain is told from the perspective of Enzo, the golden retriever on the cover. His adoration for Denny, his human, and his love for racing is clear from page to page, and Enzo is clearly no ordinary dog.

It’s a beautiful story and highly recommended as we see Denny through the eyes of the dog who loves him so much. The entire book left me wishing my own dog could write a book about me, because we all need someone who loves us like Enzo loves Denny.

Parts of the book are incredibly uplifiting, Enzo’s love for television, and his hope to some day be reincarnated as a human is absolutely adorable, but it’s also heartbreaking, in more ways than you would expect.

While writing this I am waiting to watch the movie adaptation and can only hope that the film does the fantastic book justice. Easily one of my favourite reads of all time, highly recommended.


Reviewed by:

Kath Cross

Added 17th August 2019

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