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My Boyfriends' Dogs
ISBN: 9780142417775
Author: Mackall, Dandi Daley
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Published: February 2011
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: When Bailey Daley shows up at a St. Louis diner soaking wet in the middle of a rainy night, wearing her prom dress and leading three dogs, the owner invites her in to tell her story of searching in vain for the perfect boyfriend.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Middle School, High School
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
Boyfriend-obsessed Bailey tells three strangers the story of how she came to own her three ex-boyfriends' dogs. She chronicles her time with ladies' man Went, brooding film student Mitch, and perfect but bland Eric. Bailey initially comes off as eccentric and witty, wooing Went with zippy repartee, but her character gets lost as Mackall allows Bailey's boyfriends to define her. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 February)

Gr 9 Up—Just before midnight, Bailey Daley and her three dogs are allowed inside a closed-up cafe to shelter from the driving rain. The proprietor, an employee, and the last customer eye her curiously, wondering what she's doing there in a prom dress and with her pets. Bailey explains that each animal belonged to a different ex-boyfriend. By night's end, she has gained a better understanding of what she requires in a Perfect Boyfriend and that she needs to be honest about who she is in order to land him. Up till now, she has been so desperate for a boyfriend that she's been blind to his flaws, and she has changed to accommodate these character defects. Her shallow need to be partnered is her defining character trait; readers get little sense of her otherwise. The only message readers can take away from this novel is that the way to be happy is to date someone who meets every criterion on Bailey's "Perfect Boyfriend" list. While Mackall follows the teen from her sophomore through senior years, Bailey sounds like someone in her 30s.—Brandy Danner, Wilmington Memorial Library, MA

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