Atticus by S. Bennett (Sawyer Bennett


A heart-warming and deliciously funny story about the world’s worst behaved dog and how he trained his human how to love herself again.

Through the haze of vodka and self-loathing, Hazel Roundtree saw the poor creature lying in a ditch.

One brown eye. One blue.
Covered in mud and crying from pain, the puppy was desperately trying to free itself from a hopeless situation.

She almost kept walking by. She had her own problems and besides… no one had ever stopped to help her.

Who we’re ultimately meant to be is a journey without end, but there’s always a defined start…

Hazel had no idea the dog would be her beginning, her second chance, the miracle she never saw coming. She named him Atticus. He grew up to be a very bad—and completely awesome—dog. He took Hazel on a life-changing journey filled with mischievous adventure and painful heartbreak. In the end, Hazel grew up to be completely awesome, too.

My border collie, Sophie, is almost as ornery as Atticus.


I have read all of Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey books and Atticus is quite different from her others.  That being said, it is a good different as I really enjoyed this book.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Was this book going to be told completely from the dog’s POV?  The book is mostly told from Hazel’s, his rescuer turned owner, POV with some shorter chapters from Atticus’.  I thought it was adorable to see things from the dog’s perspective - picking up emotions, why he pooped in her friends’ boyfriend’s shoe, what possessed him to eat Hazel’s sock, etc.  

This book has the underlying theme of learning to love yourself along with unconditional love.  Hazel has spent her life living for the affection of others.  Her self worth is tied up in if others compliment her or act like they love her.  When her marriage falls apart, she is drifting until she rescues Atticus.  He teaches her about unconditional love. Hazel is struggling to make ends meet and when she takes her new, injured rescue to an elderly, cranky pants vet, he offers to let her work off his vet fees.  I really enjoyed watching Hazel evolve from what I considered to be not a super likeable character in the beginning to a wonderful, strong woman.  Oley, the vet, and Bernard, the wise homeless man, are interesting side characters who really contribute to the storyline.  Atticus, of course, you cannot help, but love. 

This book had an interesting storyline told from unique perspectives and contained good underlying themes.  I went through all the emotions reading this, happiness, humor, and tears. I definitely recommend this book.

I received this book as an ARC and I voluntarily leave this honest review.