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How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get A Life (and a Dog)
by Art Corriveau
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 670L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Amulet Books
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2010
NO. PAGES: 272
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
ISBN: 0810982986
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get A Life (and a Dog)—Book Review

Eleven-year-old Nicki Flynn wants his old life back. After his parents' messy divorce, he has moved with his mom to a little apartment outside of Boston. He misses his friends, his old neighborhood, and his dad, who always seems to be too busy to see Nicki. In an effort to cheer Nicki up, his mom brings home Reggie, an eighty pound retired seeing-eye dog she found at the animal shelter. At first unsure about this clumsy German Shepard, Nicki grows fond of his new friend. With Reggie's help, Nicki sets out to solve the mystery of what a cool canine companion like Reggie was doing at the pound. In the process, Nicki ends up learning a lot about his neighborhood, Reggie's past, his own family, and the true meaning of friendship in the process.
The Scoop
How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get A Life (and a Dog)—Book Review
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This is a fantastic tween read that will appeal to both boys and girls. Its honest portrayal of divorce, especially one that comes as a surprise, will be very relatable to tweens in similar situations. Nicki's mom seems to be battling depression in the first part of the book. The author does not sugar-coat Nicki's bitterness or his anger at his mother's flaws, including her habit of drinking wine every night. Nor does he sugar-coat what Nicki comes to realize about his dad: while he may seem like a great guy, he's a lousy father. Nicki works towards accepting this fact, and begins to appreciate his mom, who, in turn, quits drinking and snaps out of her depression. The two of them bond through their love for their latest family member, Reggie, and end up as a tightly-knit team. Nicki makes some nice and supportive friends in his new neighborhood, including his former bully. You don't have to be a child of divorce to appreciate this well-written read. There is a little mystery, adventure, and funny moments to entertain all types of readers. Language is mild and infrequent (h-ll, d-mn, a-s are each used once).
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