I found this book while bored in the library. Based on the title I convinced myself it involved pets and would be like Amberville. It didn't, and it was not. What it was was a book about a Soviet teen in an after-school arts program who gets pregnant and emigrates to America. Yeah, not really like Amberville at all. But I enjoyed it enough to finish. I liked Ulinich's writing style; it was very poetic without any pretension. If I had known ahead of time what it was about, I probably would have thought, "Oh, that's not for me," but having read it and enjoyed it, I'd tell others to give it a shot.
Rating: 5.5 out of 7 giant inflatable monkeys.