Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Review: There Is No Dog

What if God were a feckless teenage boy named Bob?

‘You can’t leave Bob to run the planet on his own.’
‘He is God.’
‘He’s not much of a God.’

In the beginning, Bob created the heaven and the earth and the beasts of the field and the creatures of the sea, and twenty-five million other species (including lots of fanciable girls). But mostly he prefers eating junk food and leaving his dirty clothes in a mouldering heap at the side of his bed. When Bob plays with mortals, millions die. And every time he falls in love, earth erupts in natural disasters. So humankind is going to be very sorry indeed he ever ran into a beautiful, completely irresistible girl called Lucy.

Author: Meg Rosoff
Publisher: Puffin
Date of Publication: August 2011
Pages: 256
Source: Borrowed from library
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The concept dragged me to this book, and I loved it. The concept that God could be a teenage boy, who preferred staring at girls and eating to actually changing the world, really interested me. The book had a mix of modern and old-fashioned bits and pieces, and it worked really well. For instance, the book started with a nature description, but with modern metaphors; "Birds tweet and twitter their social networks".

It showed all the problems with the world, and interpreted that maybe the reason why there are wars, hurricanes etc because of the period of time "creation" happened in; "well, what do you expect when you skip through creation in 6 lousy days?". As an ecletic (non-religious but takes pieces of faiths to make own) person, this is actually partly why I am not a Christian, and I loved this interpretation.

Throughout the book, little chunks of history develop the characters and the backgrounds of the protagonists build all the way through the book. I found it really interesting how Bob's name changed between Bob and God depending on his emotions.

The characters were all introduced at very different points in the book; and the way it was staggered worked very well. I loved all the characters; Lucy, Bob and the secondary character Mr B. He was like a dad-secretary to Bob, and he was always very frustrated but he was a funny character and I could tell how much he cared for Bob.

The book was humourous yet serious, a good balance so that it wasn't too overwhelming but worked really well as a mix. We get lots of emotions and thoughts from Bob subtlety, particularly through descriptions of the weather because it would change to express his mood. It was a good way of showing us his emotion, without it being really plain description of how he felt.

There Is No God was a funny book with a concept of pure gold and an amazing plot-line. I loved it; and I hope I get to read some of Rosoff's other novels soon.

Charli x


  1. This book was very different to the previous Meg Rosoff books I'd read and I didn't connect with this as much as those did but it was very funny and different...

    1. It was the first I'd read, and I loved it... I started her newest, Picture Me Gone, but had to DNF it, it wasn't very good :(



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