Waiting for Doggo by Mark Mills
Dan’s live in girlfriend Clara abruptly leaves him without a trace after four years. She leaves her dog, named Doggo, that she rescued from the shelter. Dan is pretty distressed. Doggo is an extremely ugly dog. Dan tries to return the dog the shelter but changes his mind and takes him back home.
Dan is between jobs but his reputation is good and he gets a great offer. He will only accept if he is allowed to bring Doggo to work with him. The boss makes the unpopular decision to allow this as long as Doggo behaves.
Dan is happy in his new job. Doggo seems happy too.
This is a light, funny read with dastardly co-workers, a dog that seems smarter than he looks and enough of a story to satisfy.
99 Flavours of Suck by Tania Hutley
New Zealand author alert!
From the cover: Embarrassed on national tv, freakishly ugly and doomed to a life of itchy shame, Kane is convinced there’s just one person who can save him. If only she didn’t hate his guts…..
Kane is a teenager with a capital T. He has all the insecurities, miscommunications and misunderstandings that come with the territory. When the chips are down, things tend to get worse. The story is filled with humor and all the jokey things that adolescents find funny. It has an unexpected and quirky twist which pokes fun a the current explosion of werewolf genre.
I thought it was well written, had a good pace, lots of laughs and the ending suited the story. Recommended to age 12+