lily and the octopus // steven rowley

published: 2016
isbn: 978-1-5011-2622-2
pages: 301
read: 9/13-25/ 2016
rating: 1) didn't care for it 2) liked it 3) loved it
(i feel like i should note that i liked it okay but i would have been okay never having read this book. that's what those two ratings together mean for me.)


For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.

Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.


Lily is Ted's or Ed's or whatever his name is, dog who ends up having cancer and unfortunately, ultimately passing away. 
and he's basically 15 ways messed up in his life when it comes to his personal love life and his mother and just his life in general. hes going to therapy to cope with just everything going on but its not til lily's death that he starts to get his shit together. 

he focuses on his relationship with lily as if she were a real human. which i didn't really mind until he takes her out to sea instead of further seeking survival help so to speak and its just one big freaking mess with this whole octopus thing. later on, we realize it was all just made believe, but i felt like that entire make believe crap just stole time from us in regards to what was going in the real life time. 

in the end, a month after she passes, he meets basically, the one. 

(just thoughts on the book itself)

uhm, i wanted to love this book. 
with all the hype it had and the fact that its about a dog (AND I LOVE DOGS) i was expecting to cry and love it and wish it'd never end but realistically, i couldn't get into it. 
i got to page 49 and it hit me in the guts but prior to that and basically after, i had a hard time getting into it. i found myself needing to reread several paragraphs over and over because my mind wandered off and so i had no idea what i had just read. 

its very realistic in the sense that he'd do anything for her which i can 100% vouch for because I've been there myself before. 
i have done anything and everything and i will if i need to again for my babes. 
but the whole deal with the octopus and the way they'd talk, it was like, i don't know....just imagine the too exhausted emoji face (yea, i cant believe i just referenced that either.) 

maybe this will be a book that i further delve into in the future and maybe fall in love with under a new light but for now, i hate that i didn't love it as much as i wanted too. 

but i will leave you with some quotes that i liked. 

"i will not be a coward, i will not be afraid. i will not be someone who can love only so much. i will not be someone who is not whole or fully present when things get tough. i will not let others do the heavy lifting for me. ...." Ted pg 91

"great. fucking Tuesdays." -Ted
"whats wrong with Tuesdays?" - Trent
"Everything. Mondays always Monday, but at least its the start of something new. Wednesday is hump day, Thursdays almost Friday and Friday brings the weekend. But Tuesday? 
- Ted pg 105

"if you spend your entire trying to cheat death, there's no time left over to embrace life. ....Don't be afraid. that's all I'm saying. " 
-Kal pg 181

thanks for reading!

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