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{Pugs and Kisses: J. J. Howard}Pugs and Kisses by J. J. Howard
Published by Scholastic Press on January 2, 2018
Genres: Childrens, Junior High, Middle School, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Source: Scholastic Press
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{My thoughts} – Ana is a sweet girl. She helps her upstairs neighbor out by walking her dog for her. Her upstairs neighbor is elderly and cannot manage to go up and down five flights of stairs on a regular basis. So, since she can’t do that, she pays Ana to do it for her. Which is a win win situation for Ana. Ana wants a dog but her mom won’t let her have one, so in a way this allows her to have a dog, since she spends so much time with her neighbors dog, Osito.

Once day Ana is out walking Osito at the park and she runs into Calvin and his dog Pancake. Pancake and Osito hit it off as well as Ana and Calvin do. The problem is that Calvin assumes that Osito is Ana’s dog and she does nothing to correct him from thinking it. Instead that little lie ends up festering into bunches of bigger more not so good lies.

When it is time for Ana to finally come clean her and Calvin end up not being on good terms. It does take them a bit, but they do eventually work through all the bad. Ana’s sister and best friend help to ensure that things don’t go too sour when they are working through things.

I really enjoyed this book. I love reading this soft crush books. I can see some of them actually happening in a child’s life and others not so much. But this is one of those where I Can picture the characters and their happy ever after. I really liked how everything was pulled together in the end. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future, there is for sure some incredible talent in her writing!

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.