I'm excited to be part of the Rotten Blog Tour, hosted with Books With Bite!
by Michael Northrop
To be published by Scholastic Books
on April 1, 2013
Source: ARC sent by publisher for blog tour.
Connect with author: website : Twitter.
Blurb (from Goodreads:) Jimmer "JD" Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer "upstate." No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it's pretty clear that he has something to hide. It's also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away---a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (yes, after that guy in the Sex Pistols). Both tough but damaged, JD and Johnny slowly learn to trust each other, but their newfound bond is threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of Johnny's powerful jaws. As the secrets JD has tried so hard to keep under wraps start to unravel, he suddenly has something much bigger to worry about: saving his dog.My take: When I got the invitation for this blog tour, I said yes right away because a) I loved Trapped by Michael Northrop, which was this awesome Breakfast Club-in-a-blizzard book, b) I love dogs and c) I was in the audience for a panel that Michael Northrop was part of and he was very funny. (However, when I went back to check my notes, all I wrote was: "MN likes the randomness of Twitter." I must have been laughing and didn't write the funny stuff down.)
Rotten did not disappoint. It's a story that's deceptively simple at first, then sneaks right up on you with a lot of humor and heart. JD is back in town, just kind of hanging out and reconnecting with his friends. He's very cagey about where he's been, and though his friends try to get him to spill all his secrets, he doesn't. There's Janie, a girl whose relationship with JD seems to have taken an awkward turn. And then there's a dog, a Rottweiler. JD's mom, who adopted the dog while JD was away, says that his name is Jon-Jon, but JD renames him Johnny Rotten.
His head is like a black-and-brown cinder block. The top is all black, except for two little brown dots, one over each eye. They sort of make it look like he's thinking bad thoughts. The muzzle is all brown, except for a black stripe on top, which leads down to his black nose and black mouth. His jaws look insanely powerful, like Mom had adopted an alligator.Johnny Rotten is a rescue dog, and he has some issues. But so does JD. The parallels between the two of them are subtly drawn, but central to the story: JD is a kid who needs a second chance, and Johnny Rotten is a dog who needs one too. The two slowly start to bond and then … something bad happens.
Me (kicking stuff:) Now I remember why I swore never to read a dog book after Old Yeller.
Me: (peeking through fingers at Kindle:) If JD had watched the "Fender Benders" episode of the Brady Bunch instead of watching The Dog Whisperer and eating pizza rolls, he would know how to fix this.
I'm not going to tell you what happened or how things end up, just that I really enjoyed this book. Rotten is a book about trust and friendship and second chances. I love a YA book with a guy's POV, and JD's voice is realistic and funny. He's a teenage boy, preoccupied with food, video games, and how not to look like a fool in front of Janie. I also love a book that shows real friendships between guys. JD may feel there's no one he can count on, but he's wrong.
Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour -- there are giveaway posts and some fun guest posts that I'm certain will prove my assertion that Michael Northrop is, indeed, a funny guy.
Then scroll all the way down for my Favorite Dogs of Page and Screen trivia quiz!
March 11: Books With Bite -- Tour Kickoff
March 12: Supernatural Snark -- Interview
March 14: Candace's Book Blog -- Giveaway
March 18: Books and Things -- Review
March 19: Good Choice Reading -- Guest Post
March 20: Book-Lovers' Review -- Guest Post
March 21: Lisa's Gadgets 'N Book World -- Giveaway
March 22: Book Loving Mom -- Review
March 25: Cari's Book Blog -- Giveaway
March 26: Alli's World -- Interview
March 27: Ren's Rambles -- Guest Post
March 28: Fic Talk Blog -- Interview
March 29: The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia -- Review
April 1: Happy Release Day!
Jen's Famous Dogs of Page and Screen Trivia Quiz: How many of these dogs can you name?
5. This Rottweiler, a recurring character on a former HBO series, was often used to help the show's characters pick up women. Can you name the dog and the show?
Here are the answers:
1. Pilot was the name of Mr. Rochester's dog in Jane Eyre, and also the name of Kyle's tutor's dog in Beastly.
2. Bruiser accompanied Elle Woods to Harvard in Legally Blonde.
3. Cujo terrorized the town of Castle Rock, Maine and was named after one of Patty Hearst's kidnappers.
4. Isis was dognapped by Thomas in Season Two of Downton Abbey.
5. Arnold is the name of Turtle's dog in Entourage.