As the Stars Fall.
Author: Steve N. Lee
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Apart from animals and writing, Steve Lee’s passion is travel. He’s visited 58 countries and enjoyed some amazing experiences, including cage-diving with great white sharks, sparring with a monk at a Shaolin temple, and watching a turtle lay eggs on a moonlit beach. He’s explored Machu Picchu, Pompeii, and the Great Wall of China, yet for all that, he’s a man of simple tastes — give him an egg sandwich and the TV remote control, and he’ll be happy for hours!
He lives in the North of England with his partner, Ania, and two black cats who graciously allow Steve and Ania to stay in their house.
When a young girl suffering with her own tragedy comes across an injured young dog, she can’t resist helping him. Both having braved the worst the world had to throw at them, the pair quickly form an unbreakable bond. They picture their future as an endless stream of adventures filled with love, laughter, and good times.
But life has one last cruel trick to play…
At one moment heart-warming, the next heart-breaking, this is the story of a devoted dog’s roller coaster journey to be the one thing every good dog dreams of being — a best friend. Through a touching tale, As The Stars Fall explores how compassion can make us whole again and friendship can heal even the most broken of hearts.
The story begins with a scene many of us may have witnessed on our streets, of stray dogs fighting to survive in a world that does not welcome the idea of having these creatures around. A scene that’s sure to bring on the waterworks, if you are an ardent dog lover, like yours truly.
It’s a moving story of a dog, his life on the streets, how it changes when he meets a friend who puts him before everything, and how he touches the life of those he spends his time with.
If you have read and enjoyed books like ‘Marley and Me’, or, ‘The art of racing in the rain’, you will find this book equally fascinating and enjoyable.
There are moments of joy and laughter, and then there are moments when your eyes tear up at the life lead by the hero of this book and his little friend.
In short, this story is a dog’s journey on this planet amid people who love him, hate him, are crazy about him, and also who are disgusted by him. Frankly, though, I will never understand how someone can not like dogs!
WHAT I LIKED:
The story looks at the world through a dog’s eyes. How a dog views the world, its people, the life of these people, and why they do things the way they do.
The words used could very well be those of a dog, that is, if he could talk!
There are moments of hope for the canines; moments when you feel that there are people who may not appear to be so, but who do, indeed, care for animals. It’s just that their way of expressing love is slightly different.
The moments between the little girl and the dog are proof how caring and understanding children are towards animals, how very pure of heart and loving they can be, if given the chance to be so.
In fact, this book would make for an amazing children’s book! Kids in the 9 to 12 age group will love it. The language is easy-to-understand and very relatable for kids. It could, actually, ignite in them a love for, and an understanding about dogs.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE:
There is not much to nitpick about this book, except that the initial chapters seem to ramble on about the everyday life of the dog and his friend. It tends to get a bit tedious and I did skip a few pages every now and then.
And, the chapters that contain the most happening parts are too little. Maybe the author could have done away with the excess elaboration of the dog’s new life after getting adopted. But, that’s my honest opinion; no offence meant.
Being a dog lover, I would give every book on dogs a 5 star rating. However, considering the parts that I found dull and monotonous, I would give this book 3.5 stars.
Having said that, I would urge you to get this book, at least for your little ones. It’s written in a language kids will understand, and will, thus, get them into the habit of reading–which seems to be losing its charm these days. It could also make them aware of how dogs live, think, and feel!