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A troubled teen. A rescued Rottweiler. An unlikely friendship.Jimmer "JD" Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer "upstate." No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it's pretty clear that he has something to hide. It's also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away---a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (A troubled teen. A rescued Rottweiler. An unlikely friendship.Jimmer "JD" Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer "upstate." No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it's pretty clear that he has something to hide. It's also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away---a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (yes, after that guy in the Sex Pistols). Both tough but damaged, JD and Johnny slowly learn to trust each other, but their newfound bond is threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of Johnny's powerful jaws. As the secrets JD has tried so hard to keep under wraps start to unravel, he suddenly has something much bigger to worry about: saving his dog....

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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Rotten Reviews

  • Jessica
    2019-01-16 15:06

    Originally posted in Teacher's ChoiceI came across this title as I was clicking through NetGalley. The cover had me immediately as I am a HUGE fan of dogs. Anyone who knows me can tell you that. The idea of the main character connected to a rescue dog pulled me in. I put in a request, got my approval, and started reading.Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a pretty quick read. It is clear that JD did not stay with his aunt and I felt like his friends, wanting to know how he really spent his summer. JD did not seem like a “bad boy” at all, so I really wondered what he could have done. I also loved Johnny Rotten as a character in the book. He went through quite a bit – being chained and beat – before JD’s mom rescued him from the shelter. I really liked watching Johnny and JD’s relationship blossom as they learned to trust each other and JD learned there was more to Johnny than his tough outside. I feared for Johnny’s fate after one of JD’s friends, Mars, claimed Johnny bit him unprovoked and his family sues JD and his mom. As JD fights for his dog, we see the many sides of JD as he learns to come to terms with his past and his present.One thing I really liked about this book is how it hit on the issue of stereotypes against “bully breeds.” Johnny is a Rottweiler, one of the most misunderstood of dog breeds, probably after Pit Bulls. Being a proud Pit Bull owner and lover of all dogs, I appreciate how Northrop addresses this issue as JD fights for Johnny. Many dogs have a lot stacked against them just because of the misconceptions that are out there. Johnny had some growing to do in order to trust people, especially males. But at his heart, he was a sweet dog that was just looking for companionship. I’m glad to see a book for teens that brings this up for teens to think about.This is an enjoyable book and one I look forward to adding to my classroom. I can see reluctant drawn to this and enjoying it. Overall – 3/5 stars.

  • Kelly
    2018-12-30 20:00

    You know how in YA there are 16-year-old boys and they have really mature voices and really deep story lines? A lot of times they're really good and they are so spot on. But other times you start to wonder what about those 16-year-old boys in the world who are kind of goofy and do really dumb things and yet are lovable and likable despite that? Rotten is about the somewhat immature but really likable 16-year-old boy who is just kinda goofy. When Jimmer Dobbs -- JD -- returns home from a "summer at his aunt's house," he discovers that his mom has a new roommate. No, it's not another person. It's a giant and intimidating dog. JD is skeptical and not into the idea, but once he names the dog -- Johnny Rotten or JR for short -- suddenly the dog feels a lot more like his dog. JR damn well becomes a friend, especially as the guys that JD hangs out with become more and more suspicious of his story about spending the summer at his aunt's house. There is, of course, more to the story. But it doesn't pop up until an incident with JR and one of JD's friends. An incident which puts the fate of JR into the hands of someone else. Suddenly, JD wants nothing more than to prove how innocent and misunderstood JR is.What I love about Northrop's writing is that it's humorous. Yes, there are some real issues at the heart of the story, but none of them are so supremely serious that JD cannot be funny. And he has some brilliant one-liners in the story that are so 16-year-old dorky boy it's impossible not to laugh out loud. They're not cheap shots, either. It's in a true-to-teen voice that's observant as much as it's spur-of-the-moment. JR and JD have so much in common, especially as it comes to the things that brought them together. What happened for JR to end up "at his aunt's house" mirrors in many ways what causes JR to end up as a new family member. The severity is different, but they parallel one another such that they understand each other.Pass this off to readers looking for a story about friendship and about relationships, especially of the human-animal kind. Because I know the question on a lot of people's minds will be "what happens to the dog?," you should know in advance that (view spoiler)[ the dog doesn't die. And for that I applaud Northrop because there is absolutely no emotional manipulation toward the reader.(hide spoiler)]Longer review to come.

  • Evie
    2019-01-18 19:03

    Emotionally affecting and thematically poignant, Rotten is a great, deliciously readable story. Despite the serious (often heartbreaking) subject matter, the overall tone of the book is light and easy to digest. Meaningful, but not heavy. This heartfelt and insightful tale teaches us about the importance of love, trust and friendship (whether it's between two people or a man and man's best friend), and that everyone deserves a second chance. A really heart-warming, deep and honest story, capable of being both funny and moving. Books like this one get my tail wagging! JR isn't even technically my dog. He's half my dog, and it wasn't that long ago that he felt like even less than that. But now that he's in trouble? Now that he gets taken away first thing in the morning and I don't even know if he's coming back? Now he feels like my dog. Because I know what that feels like. He's had it tough, and he didn't even mean it anyway, and no one really has a clue about him. So, yeah. Sounds like my dog to me.When JD comes home after spending his summer "upstate" supposedly visiting his aunt, he finds a surprise waiting for him. A black, furry surprise with a sweet tooth for biscuits. JR (Johnny Rotten, like the lead singer of the Sex Pistols) is a big and dangerous-looking Rottweiler who is afraid of his own shadow. He's a rescue dog with abuse-filled past. JD's mom adopted him while JD was away. Of course, not one of JD's friends knows where he really spent his summer, though they all seem to agree on one thing: it wasn't with his aunt. When JR gets in trouble for biting one of JD's friends, the secret that JD is so determined to protect is about to be unveiled. JD might lose a whole lot more than just his face, though. He might lose his new-found friend.Rotten is both very entertaining and thought-provoking. I especially loved the conversational tone of the narrative and the sparkly dialogues. The back and forth between JD and his friends is strikingly realistic and delightfully hilarious. I thought Michael Northrop did a fantastic job portraying teenage interactions! They're quirky, laugh-out-loud funny and painfully honest. I loved all the jokes and punch lines, and thought the dynamics of their relationships were very believable. The characters felt real, and that's what made this book shine in my eyes.I really liked the lead character, JD. He is pretty much a regular guy, with a regular personality, but there was something about him that really made it easy for me to warm up to him. He's suspicious by nature, he doesn't trust easily and he often has a hard time opening to people. In that sense, he's a lot like JR, and that's probably why they connected so well. At the same time, he's very loyal and protective of both his mom and JR, which really made me love him a lot! He's been through some rough times himself, and so he understands and feels for JR. And he's determined to create a good, warm and loving home for him. He's definitely a good kid and a great protagonist!Rotten is a book that really speaks to your heart. In my opinion, it's a story that can be enjoyed by both girls and boys, teens and adults alike. Animal lovers and realistic fiction fans will definitely love this one! I highly recommend it!___Review also posted at:

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-10 14:05

    JD, somewhat of a troubled youth, returns home from a summer-long trip to an unexplained location, only to find his mother has rescued a dog. Shortly after returning home, a friendship blossoms between a misunderstood teenage boy and a misunderstood dog. JD's three friends are both desperate to discover JD's summer whereabouts as well as acquaint themselves with the dog, JR (Johnny Rotten). When Mars, one of JD's friends, gets bit by JR, drama ensues with a lawsuit and the strong potential that JR will be put down. This novel captivated me from the start. I wanted to know where JR had been, how the relationships with JR, his mother, his friends, and a former girlfriend would either deteriorate or flourish. I found myself quickly reading through the pages for more of the story. I experienced JD's emotions first hand, close to tears during the last few chapters. For teachers and librarians out there, this book is an excellent "quick pick" book for your reluctant male readers. Be cautioned that the books does contain a few curse words, but no worse and quite possible less frequently than what you would hear in the halls at any high school.

  • Jen Ryland
    2019-01-19 17:57

    Rotten is a story that's deceptively simple at first, then sneaks right up on you with a lot of humor and heart. Johnny Rotten is a rescue dog, and he has some issues. But so does JD. The parallels between the two of them are subtly drawn, but central to the story: JD is a kid who needs a second chance, and Johnny Rotten is a dog who needs one too. The two slowly start to bond and then … something bad happens.I'm not going to tell you what happened or how things end up, just that I really enjoyed this book. Rotten is a book about trust and friendship and second chances. I love a YA book with a guy's POV, and JD's voice is realistic and funny. He's a teenage boy, preoccupied with food, video games, and how not to look like a fool in front of Janie. I also love a book that shows real friendships between guys. JD may feel there's no one he can count on, but he's wrong.Read this review and more on my blog, YA Romantics

  • Brad Sells
    2018-12-27 19:51

    This review is spoiler free. Rotten is a wonderful story about bonding love and friendship. This book is outstanding!I am a huge lover of dogs (I have two myself), so when I found out that this book was about a dog, I was all over this one. I was so happy I read it! The friendship that grows between JD and Johnny Rotten was amazing to read. They truly connected to each other as best friends, and I was rooting for both of them during the entire book. Plus, who doesn't love a story about dogs? My only complaint about Rotten was that it took a bit for me to connect to JD - I'm not sure why I didn't like his character in the beginning, but I didn't. He felt a bit self-centered and uncaring. But trust me when I say that he grows out of that, thanks to Johnny, which I truly loved and appreciated. Looking back now, I can totally see what Johnny represents. He represents Johnny learning true friendship and caring about something so extremely. And I love that Michael Northrop put that element into Rotten!And I was honestly scared at how the book was going to end. I couldn't see how Johnny and JD could get out of the situation they were in, but Northrop did a seamlessly job at making that ending so surprising and wonderful. It was one of my favorite parts of the entire book!Overall, Rotten is a great story that is a must-read animal lovers and non-animal lovers!

  • Shelley
    2018-12-22 12:58

    One troubled teen and one damaged dog just might be the perfect mix to get them both out of the doghouse. JD arrives home from being "away" for the summer to discover that his mother has added a monstrous Rottweiler to their family. Johnny Rotten (the dog) was a rescue who is leery of men because he was chained up outside for his entire life. But some how he and JD form a bond until Johnny bites one of JD's friends. But JD can't help but wonder if the bite wasn't provoked. The more he starts to question, the more he realizes that Johnny is getting a rotten deal and he will do anything to set the record straight and save his dog.As a pet owner it is nice to see a book written from this side of the story. Sure no one wants their pet to bite someone but you also don't want someone to provoke your pet to bite them just to get a nice payout either and let's face it, there are people out there willing to do just that. This is also a case of showing that rescue dogs aren't for everyone and they do come with their own baggage so be prepared for this going in instead of being shocked that you are going to have to do the extra work.A great story for all ages! A little language in this one but that is it and nothing over the top! A must have book!

  • Randi
    2019-01-01 15:50

    Pretty predictable, and it lacks a lot of the emotion it feels like it should have. I feel I need to stop reading books with a dog as the main character because they always turn out super flat. Disappointing.

  • Kelly Hager
    2018-12-25 15:05

    I loved this book so much! I immediately sympathized with JD and obviously with his dog, Johnny Rotten. It's probably a good thing I read this on my Kindle so that I couldn't skip ahead. As a result, I spent most of the book worried that Johnny would have to be put down (obviously I won't tell you what happens; you'll have to read the book). It was wonderful seeing a bond develop between JD and Johnny. Obviously, JD didn't have that many relationships he could really count on in his life, and Johnny had even fewer. Watching Johnny learn to trust JD was a really awesome thing. (Yes, I'm a sap but I never pretended otherwise.)I also spent the book in complete disbelief over the behavior of JD's friend, Mars. (The one Johnny bit and who is now reacting in a completely awful way.) Yes, I know there are people like that but it's still unsettling to run across one. I was hoping that he would realize what he was doing and what the potential repercussions were, but well, we know better, don't we? (And again, not telling you the ending.)Highly recommended.

  • Brandi Rae
    2019-01-04 16:51

    Good for Gordon Korman fans.

  • Heidi
    2019-01-10 16:08

    It's good.

  • Liz Friend
    2019-01-21 15:16

    The story: this is the story of a boy and his dog. But he's not just any boy, and it's not just any dog. JD has just finished up a stint in Juvie, and his mom hopes a dog will help him move past a really rotten time in his life--because JD's not the only one who's had a rotten time. Johnny Rotten is a shelter dog, abused by his former master, and this seems like a chance for both of them to move on...until the rescued Rottweiler is provoked into biting someone. Now it looks like he's going to be put down, right before JD and his mom lose everything in the accompanying lawsuit. How can a former juvenile delinquent talk the rest of the world into trusting him--and his dog?June Cleaver's bloom ratings: Violence PG; language PG-13; Sexual Content PG-13 (nothing close to explicit, but lots of jokes with innuendo); nudity G; Magic and the Occult G; LGBT content PG; Substance Abuse PG-13 (underage kids don't actually score any liquor, but they do their best trying); Overall Rating: PG-13.Liz's comments: don't hand this one to a sixth grader--they'll get all these kinds of ideas on their own in a couple of years, and there's no use getting them started early! In all, I'd review this for 8th and up, mostly because although the boys talk all bad, they don't actually get very far with it. And there's significant hope for JD to turn over a new leaf by the end of the book, under the influence of both Johnny Rotten and the girl who almost gets away.Annotation with spoilers: JD is getting home from his summer-long stint at Juvie, although he's been telling everyone, including his three best friends, that he was visiting Aunt Judy upstate. No one quite believes it, but he's not about to come out with the truth. His mom, wanting him to move on, surprises him with a dog...but not just any dog. She's sprung Jon-Jon from the Humane Society's death row and brought him home. The dog is very wary of JD at first, and downright ugly to grown men, but eventually he and JD come to a understanding involving dog biscuits and pizza rolls.There's one week of summer vacation left before school starts, and he and his three friends drive to the next town to try to score some booze using a fake ID. On the way home, he tells his buddies about the dog, but says they need to wait to see him until he's a little more settled. (He's always been best friends with Rudy, and Aaron and Mars form another duo of best friends in their quartet). When Aaron comes over a little later to try to meet the dog, JD sends him away.But he's not able to keep Mars from jumping the back fence later on when Johnny is in the yard. Mars, disregarding or misreading the signals from the dog, gets himself bitten on the hand. JD brings him into the house, bandages what is obviously just a flesh wound, and generously gives Mars a gauze wrapping to go home in. Going out to the backyard to investigate, he sees a footprint from the other boy's AirJordan shoe that proves he was actually in the yard and approaching the dog, rather than that the dog jumped up on the fence and biting him, as Mars claims. The next thing JD knows, his mother is calling him with the news that Mars has been taken to the hospital for his wound--and later, that they've gotten a lawyer. It makes JD crazy that Mars's hillbilly family is milking this for all it's worth, but talking to The other boy does him no good.In the meantime, JD is trying to reconnect with Janie, his girlfriend from before Juvie. But when he goes to her house, her dad essentially slams the door in his face. He has a little better luck with a short bit of chat on Facebook, but then bumbles a chance of talking to her at the gardening store where she works. In the meantime, it looks like Aaron is going to take Mars's side in the thing, and that Rudy is pretty much the only buddy JD has left.School starts, and Mars shows up in a splint, claiming he has nerve damage. When JD gets him alone in the bathroom, Mars agrees to do a deal: he'll ask his parents to back off on the suit if JD will tell him where he was all summer. JD, seeing this as his only bargaining chip, agrees, but then knows he's going to have to tell both Rudy and Janie before anyone else. This goes about as well as expected, especially when Rudy hears that JD got busted for stealing a bottle of perfume to give his mom for Mother's Day. Even worse, the next day, it becomes obvious after he tells Mars the truth that the other kid had never really intended to keep his part of the deal, and the story is all over school by that afternoon.JD's uncle Greg, a lawyer, is working for them, but JD thinks he's taking the easy way out by trying to get Mars's family to settle out of court for damages (most of which, but not all, will be paid by their homeowners' insurance--but enough will be leftover that JD and his mom will probably lose the house). In addition, because of mounting evidence against Johnny (from his former owner, and the shelter where mom adopted him) it looks like the dog--who is doing better and better each day--will end up being put down for sure.Angry, JD and Rudy ditch school, overdose on donuts and caffeine, and decide to go snooping around Mars's house to see if they can find some blackmail-worthy item to use against HIM. All they find at the house is a hillbilly cousin with a shotgun, so after high tailing it out of there, they decide to listen to Janie's suggestion instead. The three of them, accompanied by Johnny, go to Aaron's house to ask him to put a little pressure on Mars to back down. The meeting doesn't go very well, Aaron won't agree to do anything, and JD is angry and depressed that his dog is going down because of Mars's lie.But unexpectedly, Aaron shows up the next day with a telephone recording of both Mars admitting that he was over the fence in the backyard, and that his parents were pushing him to commit fraud. Aaron explains how his dog got sick when the boy was 9 years old, and when the animal was taken to the vet for medicine, he ended up never coming home. Aaron is still mad and a little angry about it. He doesn't think it's fair for JD to have to lose his dog too (although he does point out that JD could be nicer and less condescending to Mars in the future). With the evidence in hand, uncle Greg is able to get the DiMartino family to back down, and it appears that maybe Janie and JD will work out, and even that the four boys will be able to be friends again.

  • Ben. R
    2019-01-03 12:05

    Review: The life of a beloved dog hanging in the balance, a court case, and conflict between friends make Rotten by Michael Northrop a must read! This book takes in a small town in New England . The protagonist is Jimmer Dobbs (JD), an outgoing, likable character. Johnny Rotten, Jimmer’s dog in the book, is also an important character. The antagonist of the story is Mars, who was once JD’s good friend, but turned against him for money. I bought this book at a book fair. I was intrigued by the book because there was a dog on the cover and I like dogs, so I gave it a try and took the book to read during SSR.The conflict begins when Mars hops JD's fence hoping to see him, but instead he corners JD's dog, Johnny Rotten. He purposefully antagonizes the dog and makes Johnny Rotten bite him. Mars goes and tells his parents that he was attacked. They claim he has nerve issues because of the bite just so they can file a lawsuit against JD's family. To make matters worse, if Mars wins the case, they will have to put the dog down. JD tries to get evidence that Mars made JR bite him but he cannot find any. After the incident, it rained and Mars' shoe prints were washed away. At the end of the book, when JD thinks all hope is lost, he finds proof that Mars corned JR which caused him bite Mars. Then Mars' good friend Aaron takes a video of him admitting cornered Johnny Rotten, shining more light on the truth. JD and his family win the case and JR can live. The ending of the book was undoubtedly the best part because the dog gets to live. JD deserved to keep his dog, and his family deserved to keep their money. Throughout the book, Mars was an unlikable character, so it was satisfying to see him get what was coming to him. My favorite part was when Mars’ plan failed. In my opinion this book s a fantastic. It portrayed a great storyline that made me love all the protagonists. This is a book had me on the edge of my seat.If you are a person who enjoys mystery books and suspenseful novels you will enjoy this book. The relationship between Jimmer and his dog adds a heartwarming element to the story. This book is a great read, and it doesn't matter what type of books you enjoy it! I give it a 10/10

  • Corinne
    2019-01-05 15:00

    Saw him at a This is Teen discussion panel. His advice to his teenage age self won me over. Funny guy.He and the dog signed the book :)--------------------------I've finished the book now. It's realistic fiction and non-adult. Since it's not a favorite genre of mine nor my age group I don't want to judge it to harshly. I feel like the hero of the story should of gotten more attention. His choice is what made the outcome of the book. The main characters were headed for a certain outcome and he changed it. What teen makes the same choice he did when they find themselves in a similar situation? I don't know but I think it would be good for the audience to read about someone making that choice and the consequences they deal with because of it. Having it all happen "off page" made it feel too deus ex machine to me.

  • Tori
    2018-12-30 19:07

    I was really hoping the whole time that the narrator would improve by the end of the story but I was very disappointed. Do teenage boys really talk like this?? Or is the author just imagining that's what they talk like now? Can they really be that awful and obnoxious? Also JD's 'secret' was probably just about the stupidest reveal I've ever read in a book. Add in a sprinkle or two of homophobia and you've got what adds up to a truly terrible book. Spoiler alert: the dog doesn't die so I guess that's what the one star is for.

  • Max Rueckert
    2019-01-05 13:55

    I liked the book but in the book the town felt small, I think the author could have added more characters that would have some role in the book or place the characters in a more populated place like a city.

  • Mikail
    2019-01-22 18:19

    It was a good book.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-20 16:06

    This book feels like it really is geared toward boys, but I do think that girls would also like it as well. But then again, I'm an unusual girl who loves big puppies... ;) It's also written simply so that MG readers wouldn't have problems with it, but it does depict boys 16 years and they do talk about sex and alcohol. So, it would depend on the kid. I would suggest parents read it first for younger YA kids. However, for the older kids, it's fine. Nothing graphic, just boys being boys. It's also a quick read and I also think that would appeal to those that may be otherwise reluctant to read (not that we can understand anything about that... LOL).In a way this is a story about secrets and relationships. Not in a major philosophical way, but in a relatable down to earth kind of way. The plot is predictable, but still entertaining. JD, the main character has a major secret that he is keeping from his friends and even though he catches hell for revealing that secret, it is also freeing. It's also a relationship of a boy and his dog. Both reluctant to trust each other, but extreme circumstances slowly bring them together. Yes, you can safely say I loved that dog as well. :)The secondary characters were also well drawn. There was even an urge to see the traitorous friend in a compassionate light. Although, I admit, at 16 I would be hard pressed to so easily forgive even knowing the circumstances. I should also mention something about that... reading the blurb and knowing that many of you feel the same way I did about animal books... here is a spoiler: *spoiler* After a bite and a law suit, Johnny Rotten (the rottie) is being threatened to be "put down". He isn't... and all turns out well. *end spoiler* Yea, I did flip to the end of the book to know that. :DThere were just a few things that bugged me in the story which may be more specific to me personally (warning it's about dog training... non-doggy peeps might want to skip this):*The dog needed training and I would have liked to have seen the novice dog owners (his mom and JD) get some professional help from a positive dog trainer. Positive training because the dog had fear agression which can also be quite serious. Also, at one time the mom and JD both grab Johnny's collar when he is upset at a new person in his area. That one bugged me the most because it's a good way for JD or his mom to get bit and kids could emulate it. They needed to learn specific techniques to calm the dog and I don't think it realistically could have happened in the way it was presented. *There was a scene in which JD growled at Johnny to get him to pay attention. If a fearful dog doesn't take it as agression and want to defend himself, he might also take it as a play growl and you'd still get overexcited behavior. Neither is acceptable while trying to calm him down. However, despite those problems, I did LOVE that the author took so much time to try to demystify the "bully" breed a bit. Loved that JD took the time to research how people and the courts often sentence a dog without knowing the circumstances.I give this book 3 1/2 stars. I really think it is a good book for teen boys especially. The problems I had really run secondary to the story and if you aren't into dog training, it would not bother you in the least. It also has a cute puppy (yes, I said puppy... they are all puppies to me!) what more do you want? :)

  • Vivien Keiling
    2019-01-14 20:12

    Alright, so I need to preface this review with the reason I picked this book up in the first place.There's a Rottweiler on the cover. This made me pick the book up and take a look to see what it was about. The next thing was that it featured a rescued Rottweiler.Annnnd, sold! To me at least, but that's because I have a rescued Rottie at home and so I felt I had to read this book and see if it did the breed justice.So, the Gist:This is somewhat of a coming-of-age story about a 16 year old guy from NoWheresville, USA who lives alone with his mother in a just-making-ends-meet kind of way. The story begins at the end of August and JD has just returned to his hometown after spending the summer upstate at "his aunt's house" - or so he's been telling his friends.When he arrives home his mother has a surprise for him, they now have a dog. While he was away, his mom rescued a great big Rottweiler that JD quickly renames Johnny Rotten (after the lead singer from the Sex Pistols). And Johnny has some issues - as many rescues can have - he was abused and neglected by his previous owner and now has a fear of men.At first JD thinks that his mom must have been crazy for bringing Johnny home, but quickly JD starts to accept and care for Johnny...sympathizing with the dog who never was taught right from wrong and has been scared his whole life. Just as Johnny and JD start to bond an accident happens and JD's whole world is about to come crashing down.Vopinion: This was actually quite interesting, beyond the dog factor that pulled me in. We have a book that has a very strong teenage guy voice that I think a lot of teens will pick up on. It deals about very real, everyday (as well as extreme) situations that readers will relate to - friendships (the good, the bad, and the ugly), relationships, school, life, the whole shebang.On the topic of Rottweilers, or just rescued dogs that have a bad rap, I really appreciated the book putting some information out there. However, I felt that the way the caring and upkeep for Johnny by his new owners was poorly done. While I wouldn't say that the characters were bad owners, if you have made the decision to rescue an animal that's coming with baggage, you need to be more conscious of all the issues that you're going to have to work with...the training that needs to happen (for both the dog and whoever lives with the dog), just so much more than I really want to start venting about here..suffice it to say, it was missing A LOT!I think this issue would have been slightly less bothersome for me if the author had included a note at the end with some additional information either about rescue dogs or Rottweilers, or just anything that could help clear up the air and lay out some solid information on this topic so that teens reading the book don't just take that characters' decisions and actions as a model.Anywho, back to the book. I'm definitely going to keep this one in mind for those reluctant readers who have to choose their own book for a book report. It's not that long, easy language - almost high-lo, I'd say - and still has a strong story with characters that teens could relate to. I think the book does a good job of showing a clear distinction of right and wrong...good for those tough ones out there.

  • Devon
    2018-12-28 15:06

    I enjoyed the book Rotten. Its was an ok book. JD just got back to his home town after being gone over the summer. His mom got a dog. It was beaten and taught to fight. They tame him but he has some problems. JD has a friend Mars that got into a problem with JR the dog. Mars end up blowing the problem way out of proportion to were JR mit get put down. So JD stoppped mars in the bathroom and talked to him. He was going to keep the act up. So they had to find another way. JD, Rudy, and Janie devise a plan to get Mars to fess up.In the end they save JR and he doesn't get put down and JD get the girl again.

  • Jamie (The Title Page)
    2018-12-23 19:11

    Before I start this review, I want to tell you a bit about myself.A few years back I adopted this dog, Maddie. She was a doberman/lab/hound mix and absolutely adored me, and I adored her. She was fear aggressive, which means she will attack someone who is attacking her, or someone who she thinks is going to attack her.Let me digress a bit to explain one other thing; There is no such thing as self-defense in the dog world. If a dog bites you, regardless of whether or not you deserve the bite, the dog is at fault. It's unfair, I know. It's disgusting, I know. It's why so many people abuse their pets and why it's so hard to stop it from happening.Back to my thing. Maddie was fear aggressive. Unless she knew and trusted you, she wasn't going near you. If you cornered her, she growled. If you kept pushing it, she attacked.I was studying animal care at the time and had a class for dog training. We'd bring her in and she started improving over the course of the semester. She stopped growling at people she didn't know, she was still scared and you couldn't get too close, but we'd made sufficient progress.Near the end of the semester, Maddie got out of the house. She ran across the street and into a neighbors lawn to see the neighbors dog. The neighbor got between the two and Maddie bit her. It was a small bite, nothing too damaging, the woman didn't even go to the hospital. Just brought Maddie back home and explained what happened.And this is the part where I'm going to explain why I have such a messed up relationship with my mother.As soon as we got Maddie back, my mother insisted she had to be put down. My father disagreed, my sister disagreed, I disagreed. The neighbor who got bit even called and begged her not to do it. She did it anyways. She called the vet that night and brought Maddie in the next morning and effectively murdered my dog.Now you may be wondering why I'm telling you all of this. The reason for this story and the reason that this entire review is marked as a spoiler is because this is the plot line of this book.JD comes home from being away all summer and his mother has adopted a rescue dog. He falls in love with the dog in just the short time he's had it, just like I did with Maddie. It is fear aggressive, just like Maddie. It bites someone out of fear, just like Maddie. And the subject of putting an aggressive dog down is a huge focus in the novel.I'm not going to lie, this novel brought back a lot of memories. Memories I've pushed back and repressed for years, trying my hardest not to blame my mother for Maddie's death. In this novel, it's not the dog's fault that they were put down (or almost put down). It rarely is. And that is an awful show of how little we respect the animals in this world. If I bit someone (and in my younger years, I was known to do exactly that) all I got was a bad taste in my mouth. These animals get killed.Hardly seems fair, does it?It's not the most well-written book, but it touches your heart. And that's what you want when you write a book, to touch someone's heart.

  • Bailee
    2019-01-18 13:16

    After a summer away from his friends and his mom, JD is finally coming home but to a place that is not entirely the same as when he left it. His friends have bounded with different people, his girlfriend is somewhat of a sour note, and his mom adopted this dog that seems to hate all men. Welcome home? I've spent three or four weeks away from home and come home to a completely different place than the one I left behind. My friends are suddenly more busy than when I left, my parents have made plans that I had no idea about, and my dog isn't nearly as excited to see me as she used to be. The first thought that crosses any person's mind is, "What happened? Where is my real friends - my real family?" I liked the whole concept of the story which is very simple. There isn't a ton of subplots going on in the background. I know that compared to perhaps the concept of most other YA novels this one is pretty simple but it works for the plot line.I prefer the shortened version of the main character's name, JD, far more than his actual name, which is honestly surprising because most of the time I like the full name more than the nickname. He is the rebellious guy that has a fun loving personality. He prefers to keep to himself in his room if he isn't hanging out with his friends. It takes some time for this rescued puppy that his mom adopted to warm up to him and a friendship sparks between the two of them. I wasn't extremely enchanted with him in the beginning because he honestly seemed a little boring, especially with the simple plot. I slowly started to warm up to him as his affections toward the dog grew and so on.His mom is someone that I feel bad for. She is trying to have a good relationship with her son and keep their family together in a tight knit way. After sending him away, she hopes to protect him from his past mistakes but when she has to work a lot, it is hard to follow through. I admire her choices and the choices she wishes her son wouldn't make. I can sense a lot of my mom in this character because it was the same situation with her and my brother.Johnny Rotten, oh how I despise this name for a dog despite how he may think it fits. I prefer the idea of calling him JR instead like JD. I adore dogs. I have a yellow lab that is my best friend, in fact she is more frequently by my side than not. So, of course, I was thrilled with the concept of this whole novel in general. The author really captured how an abused dog would act and how a dog in general is during the moments when JR is in the scene.I am always cautious when friends take such a large role in the plot of the story because it can be either a very good thing or a very bad thing. More often than not, friends betray friends and that is what makes it hard. His friends are no different. Rudy is perhaps his best friend and I was thrilled that he stayed by JD's side throughout the story. I was worried that he would be the one that ends up hurting him the most. I was pleased to see it was not the case. I enjoyed the story, it wasn't my most favorite story but it was a good read anyway.

  • Olivia Hennis
    2019-01-08 12:03

    The plot and characters really sucked me in: after the first 50 pages, I read the rest all in one night. The 1st person narrative from Jimmer is very laid back, realistic. In general, all the characters come across as very much like regular teenagers. Johnny Rotten is a doof, so lovable that you're rooting for everything to work out for him and his boy the whole time. Tight, straightforward plot.If you were drawn in by the cover, stuck around for the synopsis, and are considering reading it? Do so. You're probably who this book is aimed at. I'll definitely be adding this to my collection.--------------SNAPSHOT:Narrated in JD’s conversational first person point of view, this tale of loyalty and redemption is refreshingly poignant. The straightforward plot packs a lot of emotional punch, while still allowing plenty of time to appreciate the small cast of characters and their motivations.The light humor throughout, necessary for the weighty topic at the center of the action, is especially realistic when JD is with his buddies. The believable portrayal of regular teenagers dealing with everyday situations is among the novel’s major strengths. Even the adults in JD’s world come to life as fully sympathetic—his mother is a standout as that rare creature of YA: a positive and involved parent figure.A compulsively readable story that can be gobbled up in one long sitting or savored over several. Either way, Jimmer and Johnny Rotten are sure to stick with their audience long after the pages close.Appropriate for ages 13+. Some mild language, talk of past petty crimes/fights, minors attempting to purchase alcohol, and emotionally difficult situations involving pets.Deals with second chances, misunderstood bully-type dogs and kids, and the love we feel for our pets. The parallels between Jimmer and his doggy pal Johnny Rotten are certainly worth further discussion and exploration by readers.GET IT ON YOUR SHELF:If you…– Love stories about “a boy and his dog”– Have done things in your past that people judge you unfairly over– Want to spend time with flawed-but-loveable characters– Need a good book about realistic, relatable male friendships– Ever had a pet steal its way into your heart[[Review originally featured at ]]

  • Alise(Readers in Wonderland)
    2019-01-03 13:16

    _________________________________Rotten Review_________________________________Full formatting of this review at link above. When I saw this on Netgalley, I knew I had to request it because of my own little Rottweiler sitting right in front of me. I even broke my "no books about animals" rule to read this, and I am glad I did!JD comes home from his summer stay at his "aunt's house" to a surprise. His mom adopted an abused Rottweiler dog, which JD names Johnny Rotten. Their relationships starts out rocky, but they learn trust each other. JD sees that Johnny isn't aggressive, and Johnny sees that JD won't treat him like his old owner. Unfortunately, the peace doesn't last very long, and JD's friend gets bitten by Johnny, and he wants compensation, but might end up taking more than that. They might end up taking Johnny's life. His second chance.After Old Yeller, Where The Red Fern Grows, Wild Animals I Have Known, Black Beauty, Marley and Me, etc; I had promised not to read any books or watch any movies about animals. Why can't there be a Happily Ever After? I'm not saying whether or not ROTTEN has one, but I had to read this regardless of the promise I made to myself.I did not connect to JD's character at first, he was somewhat rude, vile, and gross: a teenage boy. Once I got used to his voice, I really saw that underneath he was a great person. He goes through some intense rounds of character development as well. Mr. Northtrop can write a believable male protagonist, something that is refreshing and unique. He also knows Rottweilers, I found that the behaviorisms and actions were spot on with how my own Rottweiler acts. This is so much more than just a "boy and his dog" story. There are many different elements that make this a good novel, especially the relationships. JD and his mom, JD and his friends, and most importantly-JD and Johnny. They all are written excellently: they are realistic and relatable. You find out that everyone has their own story, and own reasons for behaving the way they do. If you like a great novel with strong male protagonist, this is one for you!

  • Richa
    2019-01-13 20:08

    Originally posted on City of BooksRotten is a book that would appeal to dog lovers everywhere, as well as adolescent readers. It's an interesting story, and I loved the growing affection between JD and Johnny Rotten. There's also a mystery aspect that we don't get to find out much about until later.JD spent the summer somewhere upstate, no one really knows where. Or what he was doing there. He's actually really mysterious about it all. When he gets back, there are only a few days left for school to begin, and he gets a surprise when he enters the house - his mom got a dog! Johnny Rotten (a.k.a. JR) is a rescue dog, which means he's been treated pretty badly in the past and had to be taken out of that hostile environment. So it's hard for JR to trust people, especially males. But JD and JR soon take to each other, and it's cute to see that. Until of course, something has to go wrong, and JD has to figure out how to save his dog before it's too late.I really liked the way this book was written - it totally felt like a genuine teenage boy's thoughts. JD's interactions with his friends were especially amusing and pretty awesome, because these guys are legit and realistic teenage boys (despite their reputation). None of that annoyingly perfect/sexy/romantic attitudes that male YA characters all have now. I guess most people would call this a guy book, but really it's a dog book. If you love dogs, you'll love JR.I wish we'd got to know some things closer to the beginning of the book, though. Maybe a little more information about JD's summer, or how he fell out with his girlfriend. JD and his friends also seem really immature, though maybe that's just to authenticate the teenage guy POV. I did find their jokes and conversations pretty funny, though!There's a lot here about friendship and compassion, both human and with Johnny Rotten. I really felt for JR, and for JD as well when everything started going wrong. I adore dogs (though I sadly don't have one of my own), and it was cool reading about an adorable misunderstood dog like JR.*Thank you to Michael Northrop for sending an ARC for review*

  • Danielle
    2019-01-11 17:03

    Review originally appeared on my blog, Mercurial MusingsIn high school, I had a dog named Abi. She was the sweetest, smartest, most well-behaved dog I've ever known. And she was a Rottweiler. Now, I have a rescue dog named Samwise and she is every bit as kind, well-behaved, and gentle as Abi was, though Sam is only half rottie. It's fair to say I have a soft spot for the breed, so when I saw JR's drooly, smiley face on the cover of a book, I knew it was a must read. Thanks to the amazing people at Scholastic and NetGalley, I didn't have to wait to devour this gem.Rotten follows teenage (sort of) delinquent JD's homecoming after having been "upstate" for a while. After a long bus ride and a tense car ride with his mom, JD arrives back home to find a large, skittish, and intimidating dog in his house. The descriptions of the dog (who will later be dubbed Johnny Rotten, or JR) are so vivid that readers will have no problem seeing his big dopey Rottweiler head cock to the side while he raises his eyebrows hoping for a snack.Both JD and JR are in need of rehabilitation and friendship and they find both in each other. Those of us who are dog people already know the power dogs can have in our lives. JD sees much of himself in JR who was abandoned, given up on, and misunderstood. The two form a powerful bond that is threatened when JD's friends decide to stir up trouble.And this leads me to my only complaint about the book: the ending. I tore through Rotten at break-neck pace, truly invested in the characters (especially JR) and their story. The writing is vivid and realistic. And then the last few chapters happened. It's not that it's a terrible ending, it's just that it's too tidy, too convenient And while this is a common occurrence in YA, I think it is just a disservice to readers. Though there are certainly other endings that would have made me even angrier, so I won't complain too much.In all, this was a sweet read, full of hope and redemption (and even a little romance). It's a great weekend read and would appeal to anyone who has ever loved a dog, anyone who's ever felt misunderstood, or anyone who enjoys a good story. Definitely check it out, and then come back and tell me what you thought of the ending.

  • Candace
    2018-12-30 15:16

    I loved that this book is narrated by a boy. And I think that it was a realistic portrayal of a teenage boy (which isn't always the case) as JD is a character that we see his flaws, but we also see the good in him. He may not be so great at communication, but he's not a bad kid. He's made some mistakes though and we know that from the beginning, but we don't know what he did. That's part of the urgency to keep reading, because we know something happened and we want to know more.Dog books are always a little scary to read because almost always something sad happens. When I was reading I was SO tempted to skip to the end just to make sure that the dog lived. But I didn't and I'm glad I didn't because I enjoyed watching things unfold and seeing where they went. While I got extremely angry about how some people behaved I never actually cried. So that's all I'm going to say about that.This doesn't have a ton going on. It's about JD who meets Johnny Rotten when he returns from a summer away and Johnny Rotten is a rescue. He's been badly abused and is terrified of men. But JD sees the good in Johnny and watches the healing happen as Johnny starts to discover that there are people he can trust and love. Watching the affection grow between JD and Johnny was fantastic and made me think of the pit bull we use to have. She wasn't a rescue or anything, but she had so many of the same traits as Johnny. As for JD we see him as a normal teen boy who just wants to hang with his friends and avoid trouble. He also has some girlfriend issues which we also see unravel. While this appears to be a book that could be for middle grade boys it is definitely YA.I wasn't real sure about this one going in, but I found myself thoroughly enjoying it and I read it almost straight through one night before bed. I definitely recommend it though I would say that it's one that more boys will like. Girls who enjoy 'boy' books will likely enjoy it and dog lovers will certainly connect to it as well.You can find this review, and others like it, on my blog at

  • Amy Fournier
    2019-01-22 20:17

    I admit that I was nervous going into this because I was terrified about what might happen to the dog. This story was very hard to read if you are an animal lover. It was emotional, enraging, and hopeful. This was a book that had me feeling irrationally angry at times, close to tears at others, and smiling at other times. This is about a broken boy and a broken dog and how they save each other. I thought it was wonderful!JD has been away for the summer and when he comes home his mom has gotten them a dog. JD is beating himself up over the secret that he's hiding, and isn't so sure about the dog, but he slowly opens up to him just as the dog, JR for Johnny Rotten, opens up to him too. JD seems like he might be a troubled boy, but he really is a good kid and he just happened to do some stupid things. Things that are now coming back to bite him as they have to fight to save JR. I thought that JD was insecure, afraid, and most of all, ashamed of himself. I loved the bond that he formed with JR and what he was willing to do to save him.Now here is where I get a little personal in this review. The whole situation with them just labeling the dog as bad and dismissing him as an object makes me so mad. The fact that they can just dismiss how horrible the other people are because a dog is "just an animal" made me get very worked and angry. I got very emotional reading this book because I know what it's like to lose a dog because of a situation gone wrong. I won't go into my actual situation, but I do know how JD felt so this really hit my emotions hard.This was a very quick read that was tough on my emotions, but really a fantastic book about friendship and hope. It shows the good and bad of people and what people are willing to do on both sides of the scale whether it be save the ones you care about, or destroy them for selfish reasons. It was about getting a second chance and doing everything you can to make the most of it because that second chance could be gone before you know it. This story was really harsh, but beautiful.

  • Annette
    2018-12-23 13:53

    Rotten is a heartfelt story about a teens trying to do the right things, and not always succeeding.JD is returning home at the end of the summer. Presumably, he's been at his aunt's house for the entire summer, with no internet, phones, or any other way to contact the outside world. His friends don't really buy this story, but JD isn't talking. His mother has adopted a rescued dog -- a huge rottweiler, that JD names "Johnny Rotten" (he's a Sex Pistols fan.) Johnny has problems of his own. He doesn't trust most people, and especially not adult males.Johnny bites one of JD's friends while no one is home, and all of a sudden JD's mother is being sued, and Johnny's very existence is in danger. JD knows that his friend is lying about the bite, but there's nothing he can do.Through most of Rotten, we are wondering why JD was away for the summer. We are also worried about Johnny, as JD and Johnny begin to bond, and Johnny becomes a more well-behaved pet.Once JD's secret is revealed, I was king of underwhelmed. I didn't understand why it was such a big deal, and so necessary for no one to know. He made a mistake and had to pay for it, but I think most kids would be OK with telling people -- especially their best friends. This revelation just didn't have the impact I think it was meant to have.Rotten is a touching, quick story about the difficulties of friendship. The hierarchy of friendship is an interesting concept, and how these dynamics change over time as kids grow up is very realistic and not always explored as in Rotten. These interactions play an important role in the resolution of the plot. Sometimes parents get in the way, sometimes money can really stress out not only the parents, but their children. And, being a dog person, I loved reading a book about how the love between a kid and a dog can make a difference.Teens and preteens who like "issue" novels, and especially animal lovers, will want to check out Rotten.

  • Miriam Matthews
    2019-01-19 20:17

    Rotten, a book named after a Rottweiler named Johnny Rotten, though the Rotten could also refer to the treatment that J.D. (Johnny's owner) gets from someone who he thought was a good friend (a boy of the same age called Mars). Johnny is a rescue dog, gotten by J.D's mother just before his return home, and is at first very mistrustful of males. When provoked he bites Mars and J.D, knowing that there was a reason why, attempts to save Johnny.The characters are pretty run of the mill. J.D is a slightly troubled teen who doesn't want anyone to know where he really was during the summer. His mates are what you would expect as his friends. His mother is stressed and trying hard to keep thing going even with the threat of courts looming and J.D's love interest is also what you would expect.Of course the real star of the book is Johnny, who was written so well that, if you like dogs, you can't help but fall in love with. He's written really wonderfully and you can easily picture this poor, mistreated dog who wants to trust and love but has nothing to base it upon having grown-up being unloved and hated. You get closer to the end really hoping that you do get the happy ending and that Johnny gets to live a nice and long life.This was a really nice and easy book to read and I managed to do so in less than three hours. Nothing I didn't expect to happen happened, and I did find it rather predictable. "You won't tell anyone will you" of course has everyone finding out, the characters were very 2D and you knew how the characters were going to act and react. The reason for J.D's summer absence was quite a let down even for this story as I did expect something a little more/different.Whilst the book was a simple read, it was a nice enough read, nothing you couldn't predict but the writing was good enough and a sincere enough main character that you want to read it just to make sure that you get the happy ending. A nice story.