A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

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 A Street Cat Named Bob is the true story of a young man who is a recovering heroin addict who was homeless in London. He became part of a government program that found him an apartment and started him in a rehab program. Then he met Bob, the orange street cat who became attached to him and refused to leave the apartment’s hallway for weeks. James finally let Bob into his apartment, and they developed a fast friendship that benefited both of them. 

Bob traveled with James on the subway sitting on his shoulder, and when James performed on the street corners of London, Bob sat beside him as he sang and played his guitar. James soon discovered that when Bob was sitting beside him he got three times the donations as when he sung alone.

One very touching thought that James conveyed is that when he was a homeless heroin addict he was invisible to everyone and so was Bob as a street cat. When they are together they are no longer invisible. People recognize them and come over to chat with James. People on the street began to care about both James and Bob. 

Something that I loved about this book is that James seems to write the way he talks. By the end, you feel as though you know him. Indeed, I felt as though if I met him on the streets of London, I would greet him the way I would greet a friend. As the book goes on, James realizes that he has to stop taking drugs for Bob’s sake. James is all Bob has to keep him from being a street cat again, so he has to pull himself together and get off drugs.

James and Bob also have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StreetCatBob), and it looks like they are still doing great.