I am really not good at this whole “Catching up” thing. Normally I don’t have quite so much trouble, but unfortunately this time I got distracted by some new amazing shiny-ness, which I will be reviewing soon. Luckily, I haven’t finished any other books yet, so I’m not technically too behind on this, but I need to get caught up. So on to the next review!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by
Published by in 2004
Pages: 268

A murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. he hates the colors yellow and brown and being touched. he has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbor's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

My Review:

This book was hard for me. Not because of the topics or anything, but because of the style. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I like my grammar etc. right. It grates on my nerves when something is out of place, almost like an OCD reaction. I have this innate need to just fix it. On the other hand, I think the style was some of what made this book great. If the grammar and writing style hadn’t been slightly off it wouldn’t have made sense, and in fact would probably have grated on my nerves more.

I am so glad I didn’t read this book sooner. I’ve had it recommended to me, by various people who loved it, since high school. It wasn’t until I finally was given it for my birthday that I decided I would have to, at some point, actually make time to read it, instead of just telling myself that someday I would get around to it. But, by waiting, I ended up being in the right mind-frame to read it. Though I have nothing against people with difficulties, previous to this year, I always found it difficult to deal with them. I never really understood what was going on (and probably still don’t) but now that I’ve gotten to know two young boys with autism (I babysat for them regularly through the year) I have a better perspective. I have learned to remember that they are just people and the rest doesn’t matter. I think I was therefore able to handle the general style etc. better because I had a better idea of what I was dealing with.

But I think the best thing about the book is the way it makes you think. None of us really know what it’s like to live in a world where people don’t understand the way we think and what is important to us. It is much too easy to just ignore it, as well, and this book will not allow you to do that. Instead it forces you into the mind of someone you don’t understand. It puts you on edge. Some wise philosopher (forget his name now, but we learned about him in Sophomore English – thank you Mrs. Dunn!) said that the only way to learn was “Cognitive Dissonance” or basically, things that make your brain hurt. Well this book will make your brain hurt alright. Even though it is not my favorite book, and I will probably never read it again, I would recommend this book to more mature YA readers.

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