Review: Fender by Brent Jones

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Date of Publication: 21st August 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction

Pages: 174

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

How far must we travel to find our way home?

Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender—the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash.

Desperate to distance Brennan from tragedy, his two closest friends take him on the cross-country road trip they had always talked about. But what begins as an effort to mend his broken heart ends up unraveling a secret that changes everything he thought he knew about his family. Can a journey of six thousand miles lead Brennan to acceptance and new beginnings?

From finding the good in an often cruel world to learning to say goodbye to those we love most, this sophomore release from author Brent Jones is sure to leave readers longing for home, wherever that may be.


“Sometimes we have to get away from all we know just to find our way home again.”

In short, Fender is a novel about a man (Brennan) who sets out on a road trip with two friends and his dog (Fender) after the sudden death of his wife and daughter.

Fender piqued my interest as soon as I saw the cover. I’m a very visual being, so attractive book covers call to me. Although Fender really does have a beautiful cover and a cover that adds to the story, it wasn’t the cover as a whole that caught my interest… I have a beagle myself, so I’m quite biased when it comes to dog breeds. I like me some beagles! So, I was instantly interested when I saw a beagle on the cover.

In all honesty, I really didn’t know what to expect from Fender. Which is truly the best way to start any novel really. I had no expectations whilst reading Fender and my mind was blown. Fender is easy to read and completely unputdownable. I say, “easy to read” in the sense that it was well written and descriptive and the characters are great. But it was by no means easy to read in terms of my feels. And hot damn! Fender really hit me in the feels. HARD.

One of my favorite aspects of Fender is the relationships between the characters. Brennan, Rocco, and Franky have such a rocky friendship at the start, but as Brennan learns how to cope with the loss of his wife and daughter, his relationship with his friends becomes stronger too.

Brennan and Fender’s relationship was most noteworthy to me though. This is the best story about a man and his dog that I’ve ever encountered. Brennan saves Fender’s life by adopting him after he was abandoned, and in return Fender saves Brennan’s life at the worst times of Brennan’s life. The love that Brennan has for Fender chokes me up even now when I think about it.

Another thing that really impressed me while reading Fender: A Novel, was the detail in which the road trip was described. I feel that it could’ve been so easy to overlook the fact that the characters were traveling across America and focus more on the emotional aspects of the story. That did not happen, however, and as a result, we now have a novel that takes us on a road trip along with its characters. I really enjoyed that.  

Fender: A Novel is all about grief, acceptance, and healing. I truly enjoyed this novel so much. I even enjoyed the Afterword!


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1 Comment

  1. What an awesome review, Ilona! Thank you so much. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Fender. I shared a snippet of your review on my website and on social media, and I’ve linked to this review from my “As Seen On” page.

    I hope you’ll consider reading some of my future (and past) releases.

    Best wishes,


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