Best in Show by Kelly Jensen is a paranormal romance story. I finished it in record time: about one week. Considering I was juggling multiple cat jobs at the time, this was impressive. I had to hassle the other cats, shed hair on anything the humans wore, poop in front of the cat box daily, beg under the table, sleep in all the sunspots, and howl at 2 am. A cat’s work is never done. The plot of Best in Show wasn’t always easy to follow, but I licked my way through. Lick, lick, lick. Which reminds me! One of my jobs is licking plastic shopping bags, and I haven’t done it today. Back later to finish this review.
*3 days later*
The characters in this gentle book were named Julian, Macavity, Alicia and Claire. The first protagonist was a very tasty character with prickly fur. I like the way Julian rubbed himself with tuna to be more attractive to felines. I think there was a cat show in here, so it figures. His relationship with the second protagonist reminded me of the movie Beauty and the Beast because of their squeaky feelings for each other and the way they danced around anytime they were faced with danger. I am not sure that the love interest appreciated the tuna rubs the way the cats in the cat show did, but hey, cats come first, am I right? The third character, on the other hand, was a real Jeep. Rugged, gas guzzling, and not the best fit for urban areas. Should that character have been subjected to a trip to a forest, maybe to do some four wheeling, I would have been vividly affectionate. I would have wound around everyone’s legs and rubbed fur on them. This would have made the Jeepy character a lot happier, and I like happy humans. They give me treats.
There was never a moment in this book where I felt exhausted. No, my exhaustion was from my heavy work load of licking and sneaking and pooping. The gingery plot was full of surprises. Not as surprised as the humans are every time they step in poop in the floor, but one day they’ll learn to turn the lights on before they go in the powder room. I’m just doing my part to save cat litter. I rudely continued to turn the pages of the book by swatting the ebook reader when the human was holding it. The conflict was accidentally resolved. When I reached the end, I wanted to swim and drink nutty milk. Which means I was insane, because swim? No. Never. This book will make you want things you didn’t ever want before, but only temporarily. The writing style was worth mentioning, too, since it was gracefully hairy. This made up for the fact I secretly wanted to swim after reading it. I counted sixteen typos to boot. Humans aren’t perfect, but that’s pretty close.
My summation: Best in Show receives a grade of three on a scale of one to a lot. And if that doesn’t sound possible, it’s just because you haven’t yet read this loyal book. I feel like it is dedicated to making you think about things in a different way. Like swimming and licking bags. I wanted to give this book a wet Dame Judy Dench with a side of brown Jake Gyllenhaal.
Also, for the record I would like to often state that cats are the most outstanding animals on earth and dogs are made of pity. I pity the human who likes dogs better than cats, for sure!