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.

Blog Widget by LinkWithin



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

  1. 351

    It’s definitely on my list of books to read…and Doo Doo looks just like our Henry…I look forward to the read.

  2. 352
    Janie Harley

    I often look into my cats eyes and wonder what they might be thinking and what they might like to say if I were clever enough to understand them. I guess I am not along in that respect. Looking forward to reading this one.

  3. 353

    Well, now, I’ll certainly read this one. Plus, it sounds suspiciously like THE perfect gift for all my ‘cat people’ friends……

  4. 354
    Renee Unger

    GREAT…ready to read. Send it my way:)

  5. 355

    Looks like a good book. Can’t wait to read it!

  6. 356

    this looks so good! I love novels about cats!

  7. 357

    Oh how exciting, what a beautiful story!

  8. 358
    susan leech

    Love to win this book..I love all cat books. susan Leech

  9. 359

    I’d love the chance to read this book. It sounds delightful.

  10. 360
    Linda Shields

    Were a four cat household, we have many voices. Moms been trying to wright our story for 4 yrs.Taz is our little book cover.Maybe someday but untill then will read others adventures.

  11. 361
    Jeremy Moss

    looks like a great read, i hope i win a free copy! ;)

  12. 362

    Can’t wait to read this one. I must say, I love the cover!!

  13. 363
    Dawn Garlick

    sounds like a great read, would love to win it

  14. 364
    Jen S

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Sounds awesome! What an honor to win and if we did, I would donate it to the gift table to raise money for the rescue kitties!

  15. 365
  16. 366

    A book I would like to read – too many dog-centric bestsellers – about time for the felines!

  17. 367
    Olivia Cuevas

    I, too, wondered at first how good a book with a cat as narrator could be; however, this story sounds very interesting! I’d very much like to read it!

  18. 368

    Our fur mummy has lots of books and we like to lay on her tummy while she reads on the couch – Tiger, Kobe and Swoosh!

  19. 369
    R-Laurraine Tutihasi

    Sounds like my cup of tea. If I don’t win a copy, I’ll be checking my public library.

  20. 370

    sounds like a fun read

  21. 371

    sounds lovely

  22. 372
    Wendy Phillips

    Wow, this sounds like a cool epic journey! I’m up for reading this. Earlier this year, I read White Fang by Jack London; highly recommend reading about the civilized world from a wolf’s perspective.

  23. 373

    How wonderful would this be on the coffee table?! The boys would love it! :D

  24. 374

    Sounds like a great read! I’m not sure if my cat will have the attention span to get through it, but I sure will!

  25. 375
    Sandy Y

    Looks like a fun book for any cat lover! Thanks for the chance!

  26. 376


  27. 377
    Catherine Fleming

    There is nothing better than a good book…unless its a good book about CATS!!

  28. 378

    I’m curious to read what this cat has to say.

  29. 379

    I want to read this to Flip and Stinky.

  30. 380

    Just put this on the must read list – sounds marvelous!

  31. 381
    melanie atwood

    to neat a must read in my book

  32. 382

    I have a cat, a feral named Petey who adopted me, and moved right in to the house. He has turned up missing, 2 days now I call him every day, and look every day, maybe he will come home like the Catnip Junkie did, knowing I love him so..I miss him. But I keep looking, in the meantime, I could be reading the book to get me through until he returns! Love the title and told by a cat, even better!!

  33. 383

    Cats + books = awesomeness.

  34. 384

    sounds interesting! Would love to get a copy :)

  35. 385

    Delighted grin here. I converse with our cats all the time. Between nuance, context and body language (and don’t forget volume!) we understand each other rather well. So the concept of cat narrator – sounds like an enjoyable read.

  36. 386

    I LOVE orange tabbies and am owned by several. I’d like to see if they are as good at writing and storytelling as they are as general loving companions, LOL. :-)

  37. 387
  38. 388
    Linda Becar

    Don’t have much time on my hands but this would a definate must read for me. Maybe it would give me some inside information for the cats at work(25) and my doll babies at home(25). I would love to win this.

  39. 389
    Ingrid King

    I loved this book. Like Peter, I really wasn’t sure about reading an entire book in “cat speak,” and I certainly never expected a page turner. I couldn’t put this one down. Great review! (Don’t enter me in the contest).

  40. 390

    My cat believes she wrote the book!

  41. 391

    Now this is my kind of book! And my cats could add many chapters!

  42. 392

    Always looking for a good story to share with the cats!

  43. 393

    I love books about cats…..and my cats love catnip……the book would be perfect on my coffee table.

  44. 394

    How awesome is this? I say pretty darn awesome!

  45. 395

    Sounds like a great book. I will have to read it.

  46. 396

    Sounds like a good book!! I have to read it!

  47. 397

    Hmm..Should be a good read.

  48. 398
    Lisa V

    I can only imagine this book to be a great read. Your review was great. Thanks.

  49. 399

    Sounds like a great read! And cover photo looks just like my daughter’s cat Five.

  50. 400
    Lana Kipling

    Sounds like a great read. After finishing the book, I will definitely have to share it with my animal-loving friends.

Leave a Reply