“And maybe life was not just an endless change, as she had though, but also a jumble of pluses and minuses.” – Kristin von Kreisler (Earnest)
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From the author Kristin von Kreisler, “Earnest” is named after the adorable, sweet lab that plays a central role in the lives of the two main characters. This book was bought literally because of the dog on the cover. Considering I’m a sucker for animals (especially dogs), I figured why not add it to my pile.
The book was cute, but it wasn’t quite the need-to-devour kind of story that makes it stay glued to my hands. I could put it down and, while finishing the story didn’t feel quite like a chore, it wasn’t of the highest caliber. In my opinion, the whole conflict of the story could have been avoided if the two main characters — Jeff and Anna — just sat down and talked about what was bothering them like that adults they are supposed to be.
Instead, the pair were stubborn throughout the entire book, constantly thinking about the other in both negative and positive lights. As Jeff and Anna tried to move on from each other after an argument, their lives are constantly reminded of the other, especially since they shared custody of their lab Earnest. With the help of their pup, the ending was wrapped up nicely, even with a compromise for the main conflict appearing too conveniently. Nevertheless, the story was decent and I’m not sorry that I picked it up.
Earnest as a character was adorable. The author was fantastic at writing the dog out, complete with imagined lines contrived from his described body language. The human characters weren’t bad either, although a few of the side characters weren’t as fleshed out as I would have liked. They did their job, yes, but there were a few side characters who probably could have been cut out and not have affected the story at all.
On that note, Earnest does deserve a read if you’re interested in dogs and a light story to breeze through.
“Earnest” gets a 4 out of 5 stars.