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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
I wanted to read Mexico Got Lucky by Rico Austin simply because it was about a dog that was lost in Mexico. Having visited Mexico and seeing how most dogs are not treated properly, I was amazed at how much support Jim received from people there in assisting him to find Lucky. This story restored my faith in humanity.
I really enjoyed Mexico Got Lucky. Austin has shown me that there are still good people in the world. It was so obvious that Jim loved Lucky. He spent a ton of money and resources just to find Lucky. I would not do even half of what he did for some people in my life. Jim is an amazing person and I wish that I was a dog so he could own me. I would have lost faith after a month of not finding my dog, but Jim kept his faith for over seventy days.
This story is just not about finding a beloved, lost pet. It also is a history lesson. Austin has little bits of historical facts scattered throughout the book. I never knew that the Chow Chow is believed to be a model for the Foo dog. Of course, after reading this information, I do see the resemblance. The majority of Mexico Got Lucky is written as if you are reading in a chat room. This is because this is how people got involved in helping Jim find Lucky.
By writing the story like this, Austin gives the reader a front row seat of what is going on. It made me wish I had a keyboard so I could also type words of encouragement to Jim. From the very beginning I knew how the story was going to end, but the book held my attention. I needed to see what happened to Lucky and where he was. While reading Mexico Got Lucky, my neighbor’s dog went missing. This book gave me several ideas on how to assist in finding the dog. For that I want to thank Austin. I recommend this book for anyone who has ever had a pet.