Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Publisher:  Berkley
Published:   November 4, 2014
ISBN:  978-0425275047
Genre:   Memoir
Format:  Paperback
Obtained via:  Publisher  (Netgalley)
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina Gina@loveromancesandmorereviews.com


One day a stray kitty, one that many would have passed over or sent on his way, wandered into Paul Magrs’s yard.  He was skinny, covered in flea bites, and missing all but one and a half teeth.  Paul reached out to the black and white kitty and gave him a name—Fester—and a home.  But what Fester gave Paul and his partner was much deeper and far more than a home.  Taken to the vet to get him cleaned up and checked out they learned Fester was an older kitty and ultimately they only had him for several years.  But in those seven all too short years Fester showed his humans how to enjoy life’s simple pleasures and most important, the gift of unconditional love.

As a cat person and one who has been adopted by two strays I couldn’t resist this book.  Fester is the epitome of the grace and unconditional love that cats can bring to a person’s life.  I don’t think anyone could read his story and not be affected. 

THE STORY OF FESTER CAT, as related by Paul Magrs is told in the first person.  While it does show life through Fester’s eyes, it does bog down at times into the I, I, I, I, I, I writing that many first person writers fall into.  There is little reflection on the other characters and little emotion shown by the characters.   It is Fester’s story told through Fester’s eyes—too often told and now shown.

That said, I don’t think there is a cat person out there who will not relate to Fester’s story nor is there someone who has never taken in a stray or rescue that won’t feel a tug in their heart. 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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