*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a review and participation in the To Night Owl From Dogfish blog tour.
Why hello there! My name is Kendra, I’m That Reader Girl, and today I’m coming at you with a review of To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer.
This review is not organized the way my reviews normally are. Instead there are a few paragraphs on my thought on this book. Of course, these are all my opinions and if you disagree, feel free to tell me! Just please don’t be rude and send hate. I’m trying to radiate positive vibes while sharing my opinion.
Now, NO Spoilers Ahead.
To Night Owl From Dogfish
By Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
Avery Bloom is content to keep a quiet indoor life, studying up on vocabulary terms and worrying incessantly about life’s little things. Bett Devlin is a dare devil, ready to take on any change or challenge that she may face… well, any challenge except for a new dad and sister. When Avery and Bett’s fathers fall in love and they are sent off to a sleepaway camp against their will, they agree to do everything it takes to keep their father’s apart, neither wanting this drastic family change in their lives. But when the two girls become friends and everything falls apart at their feet, they must do anything they can to keep their lives together and pull through on their wild summer adventure.
To Night Owl From Dogfish was an absolutely adorable book. I’ve read middle grade books before, but this one had my attention and kept it throughout every page, making me desperate to keep reading! The characters were perfectly crafted and extremely diverse. I wanted to read about every single detail from every character’s point of view even if it hardly varied. The relationships between characters blew me away and had me rooting for everyone in every situation. The format was very unique and even though I never got to see what seemed like major events, I found I didn’t really want to. Right when I thought everything was going to be okay, everything crashed and burned again, but I was in full support of every wrong twist or turn, always excited for the next moment.
I was absolutely in love with every character. From Bett and Avery to Sam and Marlow to Gaga and Kristina, I wanted every bit of information about every single one of them. Bett was so relatable with her desire to challenge the rules and her extreme passion for every task she was introduced to. Unless it was something “boring” like puppetry. Avery was the character with the biggest character arc to me. She was always worried about what might go wrong in every situation, but she found ways to relax and grow from these fears. I loved the character flaws added to Avery that made her seem so much more real. Whenever I read a letter or email from Sam, Marlow, and Kristina, I felt like I was reading something from my own parent. It was clear they were designed to be familiar and relatable for us out here in the real world, and each added their own layer of love and change to the story. And let’s not forget about Gaga. Bett’s grandmother was such a light, full of love, and sarcasm, and light. Every encounter with Gaga left you feeling slightly better than you had before.
Whether it be the bonds between sisters of the bonds between fathers, every relationship in the story was packed with challenges that perfectly mimicked real-life situations. Bett and Avery’s relationship was the perfect description of two sisters. At first, the idea of becoming sisters wasn’t an option, just like sisters by blood. But the flowering between the two was phenomenal and I felt like I could have gone through these situations with my sister in close to the same way Avery and Bett did. Bett’s rebellious side was perfectly countered with Avery’s anxious side, making the two even more perfect for each other. Also, the relationships between father and daughter was closely viewed. The unconditional love of the two girls’ fathers was beautiful and felt so real and virtuous.
The format of To Night Owl From Dogfish was very unique and I really loved the fact that everything was written in terms of letters, emails, or voicemails. It left a bit of mystery for the reader to get excited about learning and it helped to focus in on the main points of the story: love, relationships, and dealing with change. The letters took away the view of the bigger events like parties or weddings or meetings, and narrowed in on what the characters thought was most important, leading to a deeper connection between the reader and the character. I appreciated that I didn’t hear every detail about the bigger events. Actually, we hardly heard anything from the bigger events, but I knew enough about them to get the point of the scene and take a deeper look into the problem.
I loved To Night Owl From Dogfish. It made me laugh out loud and feel real connections to the characters. When something went wrong, I was just as disappointed as the characters were, and when something worked out, I got so excited for the characters. Overall, I rated this book Four out of Five stars and would highly recommend it to anyone of any age for the overall adorable feel, and the ability to look deeper into such a relatable story.
So thank you all for reading my short review of To Night Owl From Dogfish. This review was written while and after I read the book, so it was all fresh in my mind. If you have any recommendations for how I can improve my reviews, please let me know. I’d love to get better.
After all this, everyone, have a lovely day.
Remember, you are beautifully and wonderfully made.