A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Street, by James Bowen

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Nonfiction, Animals, Biography

You know what’s missing from this gem? PICTURES! PICTURES OF BOB, TO BE PRECISE. I’m not complaining or anything, but come one, after looking at how handsome he is on the cover, don’t you just wished you would have more pictures of Bob as you read on his journey? I mean, I sure do. Regardless, I still love this book.

I saw some people’s review about this book, they said that this book was choppy and repetitive, not to mention that it’s badly edited. Well, you know what? I don’t care. I think this book was very honest, without even trying to sound all inspirational or preaching about second chance and the whatnot. Come on, the writer is a recovering heroin addict who is getting a second chance in life to be integrated into society after being ‘dehumanised’ just because he is homeless; of course he is no Shakespeare. But like I mention before, that fact about him and the fact that this book was choppy or repetitive, it shows how honest he was about telling his fair share of story.

Of course, one of the main point of this book is about how he felt he was given a second chance by meeting Bob, and in a way he wants to share what it’s like being homeless to raise people’s awareness about it, but never once had I feel that he was blubbering and sounding like he was a know-it-all in terms of second chance or being homeless. He never even sounded like he was pitying himself; if anything he was just being this simple cat guy obsessing about his super intelligent cat, and I like him for that.

True, that the book was choppy, but as I have been mentioning from the beginning, I loved it anyway. I think maybe the choppiness (if that is a word I checked, that’s a valid word) is one of the reason why I loved this book so much. I can’t imagine any other way that this book is supposed to sound, it was already perfect.

I would obviously recommend this to those who is a crazy cat person, but to anyone who loves inspirational stories that doesn’t sound condescending or anything, this is also a good book. This was a perfect book and I’m thinking to read more about Bob, and this time I expect to find more of Bob’s pictures in the book. Amen!


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