Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Genre: Literary Fiction (YA?)
For: The TBR Challenge
From: I bought it ages ago!
Yes, I've had this book forever, heard people talking about it forever, put it on my TBR Challenge list which I don't seem to be reading from, but now finally have! And what a quick read this was. Doesn't it make you wonder why we wait so long to read books like this when it only takes a day or so?
This is the story of Christopher, a 15 year old autistic boy, who, with the suggestion of his teacher at school, has to decided to write about his investigation into the death of his neighbor's dog. His investigation (which he insists on pursuing despite being forbidden to by his dad) leads him to discover many surprising things, most importantly what really happened to his mom.
I loved being in the head of an autistic person, and I'm assuming this book comes pretty close to portraying what that must really feel like. I loved how normal he thought, but how we could still see how abnormal he acted to the outside world. I loved knowing his motivations for doing certain things and how observant he was about everything. It was great.
The story itself is really heart wrenching and sad. It makes you think about how you treat kids with mental issues and that they need to know how things really are even if you think they can't handle it.
Anyway, I'm glad I finally got to this book. Now, let's see if I can manage any other books on my official TBR Challenge list!
Bottom line: I loved it.
For more about author Mark Haddon check out his blog here.
Maw Books Blog
The Book Lady's Blog
Miss Remmer's Review
... and many many others!