A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

James is a homeless man living in sheltered accommodation. Everything has gone wrong in his life, and there seems no hope until he meets a stray cat, who he takes in and quickly christens Bob. Bob’s appearance into his life begins to turn it around, at the beginning in a very literal way, as he comes busking with James and attracting a lot of extra attention and money by sitting on his shoulder, but also by being there to support James on his journey to try and stay off the drugs he has depended on for so much of his life. The cat becomes an amazing, strong character in the book but isn’t afraid to remind James he can still fend for himself, even though he will always come back in the end. Along the storyline, there are lots of ups and downs, which can make you grip your seat in anxiety or make tears of happiness run from your eyes, and one of my favourite parts of the story was when James decided to go and visit his mother for the fist time since he moved out, and because this is a true story it just goes to show how people can go right from the edge back onto the right path again. I was given this book by one of my mum’s friends, and at first I thought it wouldn’t be particularly good, because of the title and the cover, but when I started to read, it became one of the best books I have ever read, so I would like to thank her so much for giving it to me. My favourite thing about the book has got to be the fact that it’s true, and the man who started off as a helpless addict living hand-to-mouth has not only got his life back on track, but has now managed to write a brilliant book about everything he went through, which is an incredibly difficult thing to do. I would recommend this book to anyone from around ten to around one hundred, as it is an amazing, moving story that I think both adults and children alike will love.

I think there is a sequel to the book called “The World According To Bob”, so I will definitely be reading that at some point!

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