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

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


Categories: Age 9+

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23 replies

  1. 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. 🙂

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

  3. Gotta love auto correct – sounds not lines – LOL!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

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

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

  9. 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. 🙂

    • 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. 🙂

      • 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?

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

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

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