Review: Animal Attraction by Anna David
I recently got my first Kindle, and not surprisingly, the first few books I downloaded were all cat books. After downloading my own Buckley’s Story, which I had never seen on a Kindle, Animal Attraction was next. I had already started a wish list of books that were only available on Kindle even before I bought one, and David’s book was at the top of that list. The totally adorable cover alone would have sold me on it even before I read the description!
From the publisher:
Anna David never expected to end up a crazy cat lady. A successful author (Party Girl, Bought, Reality Matters, Falling For Me) and dating expert for numerous television shows (including The Today Show, The CBS Morning Show and G4’s Attack of the Show), David had every reason to imagine that at this point in her life, she’d be sharing her bed with a man and not two four-legged furballs. In Animal Attraction, the author that The New York Post credits with creating the subgenre “Chick Lit With a Message,” shares the unusual journey she took from fun-loving party gal to obsessive cat mom. The result is an uproarious, poignant, and painfully honest tribute that’s sure appeal to pet (and people) lovers everywhere.
I love stories in which cats change their humans’ life. The author’s struggle with and ultimate recovery from a serious drug problem is made all the more poignant by the role her two cats play in helping her through those dark days.
In addition to sharing her personal journey, David also explores what it means to be a cat lady. I was particulary touched by this passage: “What is life like with cats? Well, the truth is, I didn’t really know until I got sober because I didn’t know what anything was really like until then.” She goes on to say “Although I was happier than I’d been in a long time, I was more terrified and I had nothing to numb that terror. The girls (her cats), and sobriety, became my twin obsessions.” Those of us who have been helped through tough times by our cats will not find this surprising, but to Anna, it was a revelation.
This little book is both poignant and witty, thought provoking and funny, and above all, heart touching. I thoroughly enjoyed Animal Attraction, and I only have one complaint: I wished it was longer.
You can download Animal Attraction from Amazon for only $1.99, and free if you’re an Amazon Prime member. You do not need a Kindle to read this book. You can download a free reading app to read this and other Kindle books on your PC, Mac, iPad, Android tablet and smartphone.
Anna David is the author of the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007), Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), and Falling for Me (William Morrow 2011). She has appeared repeatedly on the Today Show, Red Eye (Fox News), CNN’s Showbiz Tonight, and various other programs. Please visit AnnaDavid.com for more information.