BOOK REVIEW: The Confessions of a Catnip Junkie PLUS BONUS GIVEAWAY

Tue, Sep 21, 2010


Guest book review by Peter J Wolf

There are, it seems to me, two approaches to writing a good adventure story. A writer can either draw the reader anxiously along toward an uncertain ending, or disclose the outcome up front and let the reader settle into the adventure itself. I don’t imagine either approach is easy, but the writer who gives away the ending, does, I think, take on some particularly daunting challenges. To do it well—to produce a page-turner—as Allan Goldstein has done with The Confessions of a Catnip Junkie, is therefore commendable.

Catnip Junkie is the story of two-year-old Doo Doo, a restless orange tabby whose curiosity takes him coast-to-coast and back again, told from the perspective of an older, much wiser cat. “I am two cats,” he says. “The Doo Doo who was born of this story and the Doo Doo who lived it, fourteen years ago.”

Perhaps it’s this dual role that makes Doo Doo such a charismatic narrator, his confessions so compelling. Speaking of which, I have a confession of my own: I was a little hesitant to delve into Catnip Junkie. Four-hundred pages of cat-speak? Really? (Confession #2: I do talk to my cats, and more often than not reply—a different voice for each of them—on their behalf. Still, I do my best to spare others.) Once I picked it up, though, I found the book difficult to put down—due, in no small part, to the numerous scrapes recounted by a feline protagonist once “full of lust, mostly wanderlust.”

“I have dreams of that used-to-be-me cat being trapped all the time. He was always plotting an escape, making an escape, escaping. I wonder, how could a cat get himself stuck so often? Fourteen years later that is still a marvel to me, even more than his whiskersbreadth escapes. He still brags about those, the cat-who-used-to-be-me thought he was pretty slick. He was, but he was also an idiot. I can see that now, but he couldn’t.”

But Catnip Junkie is surprisingly touching, too—more so, I suppose, for anybody who’s ever had a cat go missing. In the end, the need to be with his people proves more powerful than the catnip that lured him away. “Having loving humans,” confesses Doo Doo, is “like the late-morning sun on your back, a belly full of food, and a head floating in the bright clouds of nipland, only better.”

With motivation like that, it’s no wonder this hero’s journey is such a delight to settle into.


One lucky reader is going to receive a copy of The Confessions of a Catnip Junkie. To enter, please leave a comment on this post. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on September 29. One entry per person. This giveaway includes free shipping to addresses in the US and Canada.

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479 Responses to “BOOK REVIEW: The Confessions of a Catnip Junkie PLUS BONUS GIVEAWAY”

  1. 301

    This isn’t that much of a stretch. My Bengal cats talk to me all the time!!! ;O) Looking forward to reading this!

  2. 302

    Would love to read this one to my cats. :)

  3. 303

    Sounds like a fun book; would like a copy!

  4. 304

    Sounds like a good book!

  5. 305

    Would love to get my paws on this book!

  6. 306
    Susan Roragen

    Yep, sounds like a book worth reading!

  7. 307

    This sounds like a great read.

  8. 308

    What a wonderfully original idea for a novel – I can’t wait to read it!

  9. 309

    Sounds lovely.It would be great to read this book with my orangie in my lap.

  10. 310
    Kim I

    I love to read stories about animals. I would love to read this one.

  11. 311
    Tanya B.

    So funny! I consider myself a kind of cat-book collector. I love to read books that involve cats, their adventures, triumphs, etc. Mostly fantasy, but I started reading non-fiction recently. Love ‘em all ^_^. My favorite is Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams. Great story! I might have to pick “Confesssions” up!!! :D <3

  12. 312

    Kitty adventure and kitty wisdom. What a wonderful combination! I would love to read this book.

  13. 313

    I will definitely buy the book if I don’t win it. Thanks for the review and heads up.

  14. 314

    As an elementary school librarian and devoted mother to my two “boys” Caesar and Cicero it is such a juggling act to find something that I can read to them that will keep them engaged during story time without wandering off to chew on their cat nip or go prowling for the next adventure. “Confessions of a Catnip Junkie” sounds like the perfect read that will keep all three of us at the edge of our seats (mine because they are pushing their momma off the sofa as they stretch out to get comfortable!(

  15. 315

    Would LOVE to win this one, a combination of my two loves: CATS and BOOKS.

  16. 316

    Sounds like a fabulous story. I am looking forward to reading it!

  17. 317

    I can just hear George Clooney doing the vocal work for the movie version now…

  18. 318

    Sounds like a perfect winters day book to read and snuggle with my cuddly cat.

  19. 319

    I love when my kitty talks to me…Siamese…it’s in their blood! I love to read this book :)

  20. 320

    I am bilingual, I speak both tabby and siamese. When I speak to them, they talk back to me. You haven’t lived until you have had a argument with a mad siamese.
    I would love to read this.

  21. 321

    This book sounds like just my cup of (catnip) tea!! Hope I win!

  22. 322

    I would really love to read that book.
    (and it would also help me then while talking to the kitties about the danger of a little ‘nip)

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  24. 324

    Cute book!

  25. 325
    Eric Seberg

    Kallie wants us to read this book.

  26. 326

    I love reading cat books! Let me win!

  27. 327
    Ann Rochelle

    This sounds like a great book, I am a junkie for cat-related fiction and nonfiction, and this sounds like a purrfect addition to my library. I talk to my cats as well, and they talk back to me, but so far I haven’t been able to translate…

  28. 328

    Sounds like a fun read!

  29. 329

    I waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant. Seems like a good reason to procastinate =)

  30. 330

    I love reading books from a cat’s perspective. This looks like it will be a fun read!!

  31. 331

    Would love to read this to Muffin!

  32. 332

    If I don’t win it, I will certainly buy it!

  33. 333

    It’s sometimes difficult for me to find the time to read but this sounds like a book I would make time for. Maybe it’ll give me some insights on what my kitty is thinking. :)

  34. 334
    Stephanie G

    I will have to add this to my list of books to read, win or not!

  35. 335

    Any cat named Doo Doo is a cat I need to know.

  36. 336

    Sounds like a great concept to me! Yes, please, I’d love a good read!!!

  37. 337

    I would love to read a book that gets me more into the mind of a cat.

  38. 338
    Edward Sonnenschein

    This is definitely something that would make a wonderful addition to my library.

  39. 339
    sean Sonnenschein

    what a great holiday gift this would make for my GF.

  40. 340
    Janet K

    Sounds like another charming cat book. A must read.

  41. 341
    Pamela Howden

    I love books in “catspeak”, and my cat Sir loves to be read too, but he doesn’t like alllll, books. I have a feeling he’ll like listening to fellow travler, and his adventers.

  42. 342

    I’m hooked already just by reading that little excerpt.

  43. 343
    Gail (catsmom)

    I would read it to the kittyboys, but they might get ideas. It might be a warning as to the dangers of nip.

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  45. 345

    This looks like a fun read- I have some friends who I think would want to borrow it, too!

  46. 346
    Kimberley Jumper

    I can’t wait to read this!

  47. 347

    This sounds cute! I will have to add to my book list. Can’t wait to read it.

  48. 348
    Johannah B

    Yup… I think my cats qualify.

  49. 349
    Cheryl Gillaspy

    I’m a voracious reader and I guess my kitty, Stocks, is too since she’s always curled up next to me. My husband received a copy of “Making Rounds with Oscar” for his birthday, which we both enjoyed. Mine is coming up in a couple weeks. “Confessions” would make a great B-day present!

  50. 350

    would love to read it!

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