Atticus by S. Bennett
Through the haze of vodka and self-loathing, Hazel Roundtree saw the poor creature lying in a ditch.
One brown eye. One blue.
Covered in mud and crying from pain, the puppy was desperately trying to free itself from a hopeless situation.
She almost kept walking by. She had her own problems and besides… no one had ever stopped to help her.
Who we’re ultimately meant to be is a journey without end, but there’s always a defined start…
Hazel had no idea the dog would be her beginning, her second chance, the miracle she never saw coming. She named him Atticus. He grew up to be a very bad—and completely awesome—dog.
A heart-warming and deliciously funny story about the world’s worst behaved dog and how he taught his human how to love again. Atticus will take the reader on a wild romp of mischievous misadventures in search of a much needed happily ever after.
It’s almost silly how much I liked this book. Especially since it’s kind of an unexpected gut punch.
If you’re going into this book expecting a romance, you’re going to be a little bit disappointed. I’m not saying one doesn’t happen, but it doesn’t happen when or how you’d expect it to.
Hazel started out as an unlikeable individual. She was one of those women who blamed everything that was wrong in her life on other people. She had no drive and she was content with floating through life and just getting by.
When she finds the puppy, that she later names Atticus, she begins to make small, incremental changes to her life and how she views herself. It’s a slow progression, there aren’t any monumental changes that stand out. Hazel just continues to grow emotionally from beginning to end, and if pressed, I couldn’t point at one specific thing that I could say was the turning point. It happened so gradually, you almost won’t notice it.
But, the true star of this book is the titled character, Atticus. I think authors walk a fine line, in books that feature an animal, between what is believable and what is way beyond what is realistic. I could see every single one of the things that Atticus did as plausible. And Atticus’ chapters made me laugh out loud in a lot of places. He was a great balance to some of the incredibly heavy subject matter in the story.
I was sad to see the book end, because I would have loved to see how Atticus lived out the rest of his life with Hazel.