[REVIEW] The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Book Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddeon
Series: N/A
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery, Psychological

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally. 

This was a book given to me by a colleague of mine because she wanted to know what I thought about the novel. It has been chosen as the school summer reading book this year, which means the entire school needs to read it. I told her I would be happy to take the book and read it. Who wouldn't love a free book?

Going into this novel I didn't know anything other than what the synopsis said. Initially I thought there were going to be some conflicts with the books because the freshmen that are in general classes may have trouble with some of the topics presented in this novel. Mark Haddon never actually says that Christopher is autistic or has Aspergers but the reader can assume based on Christopher's thinking and actions. After reading the novel I did a little more research and found out that Haddon only read one article about Aspergers to prepare for the novel. He ended up giving Christopher 10 rules that he lived his life by, which I honestly thought was brilliant because it made Christopher's condition believable.

I enjoyed the story well enough but I just wasn't that into the book. Christopher was all over the place narrating the story. I understand why the narration was all over the place but I do not think most high school students would understand. I think they will get angry about how the narration goes all of the place.

I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed the story but it wasn't something that made me want to reread it ever again. 

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