Basic info. Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook was published in 2000. A movie of the same title came out in 2005 with Diane Lane, John Cusack, Dermot Mulroney, and a bunch of other great actors.
What’s the story? It’s about a new thirty-something divorcee named Sarah and her dating adventures. Sarah’s family is very supportive and keeps encouraging her to start dating. Her two sisters sign her up on an online dating site and she meets several men, including John Cusack’s character, also a recently divorced man.
Which one did I experience first? I saw the movie first some time after it came out. I didn’t even realize it was based on a book. I read the book in December of 2012. The Kindle version was free on Amazon for a time and I decided to get it. If it wasn’t free, I don’t think I would’ve downloaded it. Hah.
Can’t remember anything about the book right now other than the usual thing – it’s not entirely the same as the book. I mean, seriously can’t remember anything specific that I felt while reading it. Hah. This is a useless pseudo review, I am so sorry. Must be because I kept picturing the actors in my head while reading it and the book just didn’t leave a mark.
The movie on the other hand is pretty nice. I mean, it isn’t life changing or anything, but it’s still entertaining. I love Diane Lane (love her in Under the Tuscan Sun!) and she plays the ‘sad divorcee turned happy independent woman’ character very well. John Cusack is, well, John Cusack. He has a way of acting that, you know, is very John Cusack. I also love the supporting actors in this movie – Elizabeth Perkins, Christopher Plummer, Stockard Channing.
Book vs. Movie. I have to say I liked the movie more. I’m sorry but Diane Lane and John Cusack won me over long before I even read a page of the book. Haha.