Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan || Book Review

“Goodnight, boy. I love you. Goodnight.”


A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy.

The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family; the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away.

When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.


There isn’t much to say about this book, apart from the fact that it was a very quick read and about some very interesting topics. Although, I know there are other books kind of like it (someone said it is similar to the Room by Emma Donoghue but for a younger audience, but I haven’t read it so I wouldn’t really know.), for me this book was original.

I loved having the “flash backs” throughout this novel. This story is told through the main character, JC, as he speaks to his dog, boy. He believes his dog can hear his thoughts and whenever something goes wrong, he tells boy a story from his past (although it’s not outloud).

One of the other main characters, is JC’s adoptive father, who does not particularly want him as a son. I found the creepiness of his father to be well creepy as heck. But also fairly interesting as none of my other books have really had a character similar to him. However, the majority of the time I wanted claw at his throat because he is EVIL.

I flew through this book because of the writing style which consisted of short sentences. And by short, I mean really short. As in this short. The entire time. But I loved it. Because I didn’t get bored. Although, there are like no chapters.

Although it was quick, I did find it hard to give it all of my attention and because of that I only gave this book a three out of five. It was good… but I didn’t particularly feel attached to the story line.


What I liked:

  • Quick read
  • Different to the other books I read
  • Friendship with a dog
  • The flash backs

Until next time.

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