Yay for book talk! We should have an RJ Book Club.
I thought I was going to enjoy The Art of Racing in the Rain, but I absolutely hated this book. The race car passages were tedious and boring, and there were way too many of them. The characters annoyed me to no end... the woman who refused to see a doctor despite debilitating headaches; and the man who just allowed his inlaws to take his wife. I swear I wanted to reach into the pages and slap every one of them!
And the thing that I love about dogs is that they AREN'T human, they just wag their tales or chase the ball without over-analyzing everything. He wrote the dog as if it were a human... the dog had a better vocabulary than most humans I know. And the fact that the dog's whole premise was to be resurrected as a human annoyed me. Dogs are dogs. That's what so great about them.