Book Review: Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern

You meet your person and you connect. You know that you’re meant to be together. Then you learn what that person needs and you do it for them. I can’t imagine anything else quite so fulfilling.

Chester has always wanted to become a service dog. When he fails his certification test, though, it seems like that dream might never come true—until a family adopts him to be a companion for their ten-year-old son, Gus, who has autism.

But Gus acts so differently than anyone Chester has ever met. He never wants to pet Chester, and sometimes he doesn’t even want him in the room. Chester’s not sure how to help Gus since this isn’t exactly the job he trained for—but he’s determined to figure it out and show he’s the right dog for the job. Because after all, Gus is now his person. – Goodreads

Title: Chester and Gus

Author: Cammie McGovern

Format: ARC Paperback

Release Date: April 4th 2017

Publisher: HarperCollins

No. of Pages: 256

Price:  $12.99

Genre: Humor, Fiction


To tell you the truth, I really find it challenging at first imagining the thoughts of a dog but as the story goes on… you could see that it is a very charming story of an autistic kid and a reject service dog. The intended readers for the book is actually for ages 8-12 but even if  I am a twenty-year-old one, I still got swooned by this heartwarming story as I read it.

The characters are very likeable especially the main character, Chester himself. He is an aspiring service dog and his thoughts are actually funny and adorable. I don’t know but as I try to imagine him, on a real life, he’ll be the greatest service dog as I had ever seen. His personality is very remarkable especially on some parts of the book where he stands out and beat his fear just to become a great dog to his people. Gus on the other hand is a ten-year-old boy who is different from other kids, he’s having a hard time to speak out his thoughts and even simple words. Chester doesn’t know if he’s doing the right job since Gus doesn’t pet him, give commands or even wants him on his room but you could see the determination of Chester to overcome it and become the right dog for him.

The plot is quite simple, of course, since it’s intended for kids but it didn’t ruin the greatness of the book. It is somewhat a feel-good book that will make you smile on a bad day or even on a good one. I like the simplicity yet the challenge it gives to me on understanding the thoughts of a kid and a dog.

The writing style used was easy to follow and easy to understand. I love the humor of it and any kid will surely appreciate them. The pacing and ending were just right and neat.

I recommend it to be read because the book gives a lesson to anyone. First is to understand our pets and see that even though we don’t have the same language, they can still understands is. Second, the thought of not giving and up and standing on your own because of your purpose in life. Third, understanding the autistic children and their needs. Fourth, the bond that we have in our family and pets. My list could go on and on but I think, you should just see it for yourself or for your kid because it’s a perfect for those who are looking for a Children Book to read. It doesn’t contain violence but a humor that could fill one’s heart with love and care to anyone.

Favorite quote: “Love is when you get to know each other so well enough to not be scared anymore.”



5 star


4 and half

Writing Style:

4 and half


4 and half

4 and half

Final Rating: 4.5/5 

4 and half

About the Author:

Cammie McGovern

Cammie McGovern was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and received the Nelson Algren Award in short fiction. Her work has been published in Redbook, Seventeen, Glimmer Train, TriQuarterly, and other publications.

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