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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Puffy & Blue: The Chronicles of Nine Lives Together by Kayla Fioravanti contains stories from the author’s life during Puffy’s twenty-one-year life span. This book is about Kayla, fondly known as Blue, her family, her furry family members, and their travels. It’s an inspiring true story of a friendship between a cat and her girl, who grew together with laughter and joy as well as grief and hard times. Blue’s mother battles with cancer, their times in Japan, a short-lived rabbit that they never got to name, and other family antics fill the pages.
The story when Puffy had to hang onto the family’s car roof is a comical moment for me – of course I pitied Puffy at the same time. Blue and her family were rushing to pick her father up from the airport and they failed to notice Puffy was sun-bathing and sleeping on their 1972 Plymouth Scamp’s roof. “Outside, the wind whipped Puffy’s face as she clung for life, using up the first of her nine lives. As we came to a stoplight just before my mom pulled onto a busy road, Puffy pulled her body forward, peered her frantic face down to the windshield and let out a loud distinct meow. Once Puffy made her presence known, my mom immediately pulled over and rescued Puffy, placing her into safety on the inside of our car.”
Kayla’s warm, intimate and candid portrayal of her beloved Puffy and her family are written with skill, along with sensitivity. Puffy & Blue is an excellent read and will appeal to all readers, and they don’t need to be cat lovers.