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Hate That Cat: 09/18/10

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Sometimes I just get a hankering to read something at random. I will go through binges where I'll pick a small stacks of books from my library. Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech caught my eye and I brought it home on a complete whim.

Boy am I glad I did. The book made me cry (after putting a half dozen poetry books on my wishlist first).

Jack keeps a poetry diary. He writes it for school but he relates day to day events of his life: the death of his dog, his run-ins with the mean cat up the street, his uncle who doesn't like poetry, his letters with living poets, and the kitten his teacher gives him.

As it's a middle grade book, it's a quick read. I tore through it over my morning coffee and breakfast. It left me feeling a wide range of emotions. When I was done reading it, I actually felt disappointed. If I could give the book a six out of five stars on GoodReads, I would.

Hate That Cat is the sequel to Love That Dog. I have since read Love That Dog and will post a review as soon as I can.

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Comment #1: Sunday, September, 19, 2010 at 08:31:24

Cheryl "Mash"

Please stop by my blog, I have an award for you.


Comment #2: Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 11:20:38


Thank you for the award. I am completely swamped with homework. My blog is pretty much running on autopilot right now.

Comment #3: Sunday, September, 19, 2010 at 14:30:53

Sharon Creech

Nice to come across your comments!

Comment #4: Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 11:29:43


Thank you. I also enjoyed Love that Dog.

Comment #5: Sunday, September, 19, 2010 at 14:53:51


Thanks for reviewing this — it's been on my shelves for a while but I couldn't see what might be appealing about it. Now I have a reason to add to the TBR pile!

Comment #6: Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 11:32:45


You should. It's a lovely and emotional book.

Comment #7: Saturday, September, 25, 2010 at 10:07:21

Reading While Female

I read Love That Dog and thought it was great. I didn't know there was a sequel! I'll have to go check it out right away.

Comment #8: Tuesday, October 19, 22:00:00


Hate That Cat is wonderful, uplifting and heartbreaking all at the same time.

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