There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

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What if God were a teenaged boy?

In the beginning, Bob created the heavens and the earth and the beasts of the field and the creatures of the sea, and twenty-five million other species (including lots of cute girls). But mostly he prefers eating junk food and leaving his dirty clothes in a heap at the side of his bed.

Every time he falls in love, Earth erupts in natural disasters, and it's usually Bob's beleaguered assistant, Mr. B., who is left cleaning up the mess. So humankind is going to be very sorry indeed that Bob ever ran into a beautiful, completely irresistible girl called Lucy . . .
 

About Meg Rosoff

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MEG ROSOFF was born in Boston and currently lives in London, with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, How I Live Now, won the Michael L. Printz Award and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Her second novel, Just In Case, won the 2007 CILIP Carnegie Medal and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. What I Was, Rosoff's third novel, was shortlisted for the 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal.Meg Rosoff (www.megrosoff.co.uk) was born in Boston and currently lives in London with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, How I Live Now, won the Michael L. Printz Award and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Her second novel, Just in Case, won the 2007 CILIP Carnegie Medal and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. What I Was, Rosoff's third novel, was shortlisted for the 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Puffin. 272 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Bob himself wonders, “if life were without flaws and no one ever changed or died, what role would God have?” A piece of graffiti spurs Bob to get his planet under control, to surprising effect.

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Publishers Weekly

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She takes gleeful pleasure in reducing God to an inept, lovelorn child, her takedowns often delivered through the dry observations of Bob’s industrious assistant, Mr. B., who “marvels that the same God who leaves his dirty clothes in a moldering heap by the side of the bed could have created ...

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The Bookbag

The plot is thin and the narrative is repetitive - there are only so many freak weather incidents and teenage boy tantrums that you really want to read about in one book.

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Teen Reads

Bob is subject to the same teenage angst that so many of us experience on a daily basis, and it’s nice to know that even people with extraordinary capabilities still get nervous when they think they’ve fallen in love.

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City Book Review

Even readers who are able to imagine God as a 19-year-old who doesn’t care will find the rest of the characters and plot odder still, lacking in emotional connection, and they may wonder if there is a hidden meaning or if it’s really just that odd.

Mar 05 2012 | Read Full Review of There Is No Dog

Common Sense Media

The supporting characters -- Mr. B, Estelle, Lucy's bitter co-worker Luke, the discouraged vicar, and the Eck, Bob's hapless pet -- are the real soul of the story, and the ones who's hopes, dreams, and disappointments will linger long after the book is done.

Jan 24 2012 | Read Full Review of There Is No Dog

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Rosoff’s latest novel for teenagers, There Is No Dog, is subtitled What If God Were A Teenage Boy?.

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Gr 7–10—Rosoff offers an intriguing look at what the world would be like if God was actually a horny, hormonal, and self-centered teenage boy named Bob. Whenever Bob falls in love, natural disasters follow, leaving his assistant at his wits' end. Bob's latest love is Lucy, a zoo volunteer hoping ...

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