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Print Length: 150 pages
Publisher: AK Communications (November 27, 2013)
Publication Date: November 27, 2013
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Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) #276 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Pets & Animal Care > Pet Loss #1656 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Death & Grief #2806 in Books > Self-Help > Relationships > Love & Loss
After searching for months on end for a book on pet loss that I could really connect with and find comfort in, I finally found my way to this wonderful volume. I honestly didn’t know what to expect after reading the book’s description, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Brandon Casteline offers a unique spin on coping with loss in a way that I haven’t found in any other book in this category, and you can tell from the very first chapter that this definitely isn’t a typical style of writing. Rather than being written by some doctor with the usual credentials, the author seems to be just an average guy who’s been through life and wants to share what he’s learned.Obviously focused on helping those who are dealing with the loss of a pet, the book uses an interesting approach you probably won’t find in a standard “self-help” book. Instead of filling the entire book with advice, the author chooses to also include his own experiences as a pet owner, almost ‘hiding’ the lessons throughout the book (especially in the later chapters). What I really enjoyed about this choice is that besides being a ‘non-boring’ way of offering this material, he does make certain to clearly spell out the lesson before the book is complete, so the reader doesn’t walk away without getting what they came for.I’ve never read anything by Casteline before, but he definitely doesn’t seem like an industry-standard author. This can be good or bad depending on what you’re used to reading, and this style actually influenced what I liked AND didn’t like about the book. Here are my thoughts on this:What I liked:-Compelling content. This book started slow, but picked up out of nowhere without me even realizing where it happened.
This book came at the perfect time for me, as I’ve really been working through the loss of my cat Flash very recently. Flash was a lot like the author’s cat Mikey actually, and I don’t think the author meant to do it, but it was almost like reading a story about my own cat that I didn’t live through myself.The book follows the author’s own experiences as a loving pet owner who suffered the losses of pets throughout his life, and slips in lessons on how to cope with these losses without the reader even realizing it half the time. Brandon Casteline ties everything up toward the end in what I think is his own way of making sure this ‘how-to’ book actually includes the ‘how-to’ part of things.The concept of this book seems to be about offering advice in a non-preachy way. At no point did I feel like I was being talked down to, which for me is tough to find in books that give advice. I searched for Brandon Casteline in the store after reading the book, and I think this is his very first book, so that’s probably why he doesn’t give off that “polished” kind of feel to his writing, although the introduction and conclusion are both more formal, leading me to believe that this mismatch of content style was definitely on purpose.For the most part, I really enjoyed this, but it was far from perfect. Another review mentioned that the book didn’t pick up immediately, and I wholeheartedly agree with that judgment. But this book has so much going for it, I’m willing to overlook that one minor flaw. There’s a real comforting feel to the book that I can only describe as ‘warm’. But most importantly, the book delivers on its promise.
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