Review! Max: Best Friend Hero Marine by Boaz Yakin and Sheldon Lettich

9 Sep

maxMax: Best Friend. Hero. Marine.

Based on the Major Motion Picture

Written by Boaz Yakin and Sheldon Lettich

253 pages – ages 9+

Published by Harper Collins on June 9, 2015

Synopsis- Justin wasn’t sure what to do with his deceased military brother’s dog, Max. Max had been trained as a military dog. He only lets Justin approach it, but Justin wants nothing to do with Max. But what happens when Max and Justin start unearthing secrets involving Justin’s brother’s death? Justin is about to get the adventure of his lifetime!

What I Thought- This was an amazing book! I haven’t seen the movie yet, but this book really draws you in! The authors have a writing style that makes you feel like you are there with Justin and Max. You feel all of their pain and troubles. The book handles it all very well. The story was so compelling I read the whole book in one sitting. The content, while some is slightly mature themes, is still appropriate for a younger audience. This book would be a good companion for the movie, and it could be used in the classroom. Now, I really want to watch the movie! I recommend this book to kids in the 4th grade and above.

I give this book five out of five bookworms.fivebooks


23 Responses to “Review! Max: Best Friend Hero Marine by Boaz Yakin and Sheldon Lettich”

  1. Angela Brown September 9, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    I’ve been interested in seeing the movie so it’s cool to see there is a companion book for it. Thanks for the review. 🙂


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

      No problem! The book is based on the movie, so they should relatively be the same. It’s still a good book. 🙂


  2. LRWLee September 9, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    This lines like an awesome book, Erik. I’ll have to add it to my TBR 🙂


  3. LRWLee September 9, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    Gotta love auto correct – sounds not lines – LOL!


  4. Brenda September 9, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Thank you for the review, it is very timely. I’ve been trying to add some good nonfiction books to a list for my kiddo and this sounds interesting.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 22, 2015 at 7:01 am #

      I think that this is a fiction novel. I don’t it is based on a true story. But, it is very realistic and a good read. 🙂


  5. LovableLobo September 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    I should have figured this was a book first before it made its way to the Silver Screen. I’ll be curious what you think of the movie, because we all know it rarely is as good as the book. I love a good dog book! Great review, Erik!


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 22, 2015 at 7:03 am #

      Actually, the book is based off of the movie. So, [sadly] the book is almost the same as the movie. This book came second in the process. It’s still a great book! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Joanna September 9, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    I am sure I would enjoy this and can think of a few students who would, too. Thanks, Erik.


  7. Dr Niamh September 10, 2015 at 5:37 am #

    Looks brilliant! Great review. Everyone loves a dog story.


  8. Patricia Tilton September 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    I know I would like this story! Look forward to seeing the movie too! Great review, Erik!


  9. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews September 11, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    I’m glad the movie is based on a book. I won’t be able to see the movie but I can read the book. I look forward to it. On my TBR for fun list. I love dog books, especially if true (is this a true story?) Nice review, Erik. 🙂


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 22, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

      Well, the book is based on the movie. Both are good (as in, the book was good, and the movie is getting good reviews), but it means that the book is 96.9% the movie. Not much difference. And, I may be wrong, but I don’t think it’s true (maybe based on the fact that military dogs and PTSD exist), and is just extremely realistic.
      I highly recommend it. 🙂


      • Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews October 12, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

        The commercial for this movie looked fantastic, but a book made AFTER the movie, this is against all logic. Dogs with PTSD is very common, just look at rescue dogs that have suffered extreme abuse. Some take years to recover. Helping these dogs is my passion, so I would like the movie Max (except my favorite Great Dane, now gone, was Max, so that is . . . sad?


      • ThisKidReviewsBooks October 13, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

        If you remember Max the Great Dane with fond memories, than no, it isn’t sad, as Max the movie has a happy ending. 🙂


  10. Darlene September 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

    Ever since reading Old Yeller, I have loved dog books.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 22, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

      Oooo… That was a good book. Very well written.
      You would like this one too. 🙂


  11. Lynn October 8, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

    I’m going to have to look for this book AND the movie.


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