Jonathan Unleashed

By | February 26, 2016

Jonathan Unleashed promised much from the first few pages, and it delivered. Fans of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, and dog lovers looking for a light and entertaining but wellwritten book, will enjoy reading this new novel by Meg Rosoff.

Jonathan, the main character, lives in a New York apartment with his brother’s two dogs, Dante, a Border Collie, and Sissy, a Spaniel. He has a job as a junior copywriter writing tedious copy for stationery products. Writing and drawing comic books with his childhood buddy Max keep him from losing it at work.

There are many things for Jonathan to be anxious about. There are many laughout-loud scenes in this book as Jonathan becomes more eccentric and anxious in the rarefied world of New York. Whether she is writing about dog walks in Central Park, or office lunches in the advertising agency, or the extent to which a bridal magazine will go to get that feature, Meg Rosoff brings out the humour and sense of place beautifully. Jonathan has important decisions to make in work, life and love and a strange way of thinking, but the journey is ultimately very satisfying. Published by Bloomsbury. RRP: $27.99 REVIEW BY CAROL NOVACEVSKI @ TORQUAY BOOKS