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. 401

    Buffy & Spike would like me to read this to them.

  2. 402

    I love a good page turner and this sounds like one Fauve would love to have me read out loud as she basks in her favorite sunspot.

  3. 403
    peggy w

    Sound interesting!

  4. 404

    Sounds like just the book for me to read to my cat Lola, now that we’ve finished A Tail of Two Kitties. She loves feline lit!

  5. 405

    Looks like a fun read!

  6. 406

    THis book sounds heart-warming. A must read!


  7. 407

    Great review – makes me want to read the book.

  8. 408

    sounds like a fun read

  9. 409

    Sounds like a wonderful adventure! :)

  10. 410
    Regina K

    I also think it sounds like a fun read. Would make a nice gift for my cat-loving friends as well.

  11. 411

    always looking for new reading material, so thanks for the description. The title is also very fitting for my little kitty!

  12. 412
    Alexandra Zeevy

    Intriguing! The title certainly made me smile!

  13. 413

    Yes, I must confess, I had the same reaction when I saw this post. A cat-speak novel??? But with the excerpts and your review of it, I’m now very intrigued. :)

  14. 414

    Great review! I look forward to reading it!

  15. 415

    Doo Doo looks almost identical to my Alan Jackson at home. He was my moms and came to live with us b/4 she passed. We were so attached to him by then we could not bear to find a new home for him so he has stayed and is the best cat EVER! He would sit on my lap with his head on my hand and listen to this book for sure!

  16. 416

    What a wonderful way to imagine and capture what our furry friends think and say if they could only speak to us.

  17. 417

    Sounds like a fun read! I’ll keep an eye out for this at the bookstore or library.

  18. 418

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  19. 419

    I Just About done reading my Very Heavy trilogy series right now. I am DUE for some FUN reading!

  20. 420
    Jessica S

    What a neat sounding book!

  21. 421

    sounds like a fun book to read

  22. 422

    How fun!!!!!!

  23. 423

    catnip can get the best of us all; my kitties are looking forward to eating…i mean reading the book.

  24. 424

    Great title! Sounds like it would be a great read. I know Louie would like to hear it.

  25. 425

    I have never read a book written from that perspective.

  26. 426

    What an interesting story this must be.

  27. 427
    Laura in AL

    This looks like a wonderful book! I would love to win a copy and read it.

  28. 428
    Save Moki

    Would love a good book to read that isn’t another textbook…lol!

  29. 429
    Jennifer Simpson

    Will have to check this book out, sounds interesting!

  30. 430
    kathy johnson

    fun reading and great coffee table book

  31. 431

    I’m not much of a reader, but this book has my attention. Would love to win & read it. And maybe pass on to another cat-person to enjoy. Who would do the same. And so on and so on…. :)

  32. 432
    10 cat Mom

    Sounds like a neat book and fun too.

  33. 433

    we luvs our catnip…meow

  34. 434
    Tami Berry

    This book sounds very interesting. I love the title! I have a couple of catnip junkies :)

  35. 435

    I am one who judges a book by its cover, and I love the cover pic of that cat! Looks like a good story!

  36. 436

    This sounds like a great read! It sounds intriguing.

  37. 437
    Donna Geiler

    My cat Raji & I can’t wait to cuddle by the fireplace and read this book!

  38. 438

    a must read!! got to get it!

  39. 439

    Wow, I’d love to have this book. I had a runaway once, and he never came back… =( Reading this history with my hubby and our 2 baby cats will be an awesome time together!

  40. 440

    Sounds like a good book! I’d love to read it :)

  41. 441
    Darrell Becker

    Sounds interesting, my wife and I would both read this one.

  42. 442

    What a charming idea for a plot. I suppose most of us who post on this site hope that our own furry friends will care more for their humans than for freedom & wanderlust.

  43. 443

    That sounds fantastic!

  44. 444
    Miko S

    I am going to read this book no matter what:)

  45. 445

    My husband would chuckle at me for reading this, and then read it himself.

  46. 446

    This is a must have for my library and is going on my Christmas wish list.

  47. 447

    We confess! We’re junkies too! – Max, Zeke, Gwynyth and Le’alani

  48. 448

    Sounds like alotta fun, I would have to read it out loud to both mine and hope they get no big ideas themselves !

  49. 449

    love the title!

  50. 450

    My catnip junkie and I would love to read this book together!

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