Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Lily and the Octopus by Steven RowleyLily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 7, 2016
Genres: Magical Realism
Pages: 320
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review consideration.
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Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.
When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.
The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details.
We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.
For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.
Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.
Remember the last book you told someone they had to read?
Lily and the Octopus is the next one.

Right off the bat, the unique voice of Lily and the Octopus stands up and shines. It’s fantastic—a little quirky, even—and gives a sweet, warm backdrop to the story (without being saccharine).

I laughed, I yelled, I cried. God, I cried so much. Adventure and a bit of magical realism hit a little over halfway through, and from that point on I was racing through the pages. There was a point when I truly could not tell what was real and what wasn’t (in a good way). I quickly learned that I couldn’t make any assumptions about how the story would unfold. This made for an outstanding reading experience.

There is a lot of wisdom in this book. Healing, too. There’s a lot of life. Rowley really nails human emotion, so well that all readers will be able to connect with this book, dog-lover or not.

(Besides, how many books have you read that make you want to google Hermann Rorschach just to see how hot he really was?)

five-stars
  • The little bit about not being able to tell what is real is the final nail in the coffin for me!! Definitely need to read this.

  • Have seen SO MUCH around about this one, but this is the first review that makes me really want to pick it up for real!

  • Amanda

    Laughed, yelled, and cried? I can’t wait to get this on my library list!

  • I’ve had this one on my radar for a few months after seeing it come across in an email. You’ve definitely put this one at the top of my list!

  • I really loved this book as well! I’ve been recommending it left and right!