Book Reviews

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Author: Mark Haddon

Age group: Middle school and above (due to language)

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Synopsis: “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. 

This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years“(Amazon.com).

I actually originally got this book for free as part of a book club. My school hosted this club for the past few months, which has been so exciting since we aren’t known as a particularly artistic school. I honestly didn’t care what book was going to be read as long as I could be a part of it.

That’s why this book is something that I normally wouldn’t have picked out by myself. I tend to gravitate toward the fantasy or mystery genres and although there is a mystery involved, it isn’t the main focus all the time in this story.

I think that is why book clubs or reading challenges can be so great: you can read something you might not normally. But even though this book was a little different from my usual stomping ground, I still certainly enjoyed it.

It was particularly cool to experience the unusual writing style and unique perspective. I think the author was very creative to write from the point of view of an autistic boy and it also gave the reader a chance to gain new information (or perhaps see things in a new way). I know everyone in the club agreed together that we got a better understanding of autism and liked seeing what it was like to be inside of Christopher’s head.

The main highlight of this novel for me was definitely the mystery. It was very interesting and also progressed in a fascinating way. I can’t say as much as I would like to about the mystery and its solution or about the ending parts of the book, because of certain spoilers.

However, the one thing I can mention is how the ending made me feel. The solution of the mystery certainly felt wrapped up, but the characters relationships with each other sort of didn’t. Christopher has many complicated relationships and at the end I wasn’t sure how to feel. I was somewhat satisfied, but there were also things left up to interpretation. Now, I’m all for interpretation of a slightly unwrapped ending in theory, but in this particular story I didn’t really embrace the way it left things for the reader to figure out.

Ending aside, I enjoyed reading such a unique story that was outside my normal nook of books! I recommend this book if you want to learn about autism or read something unusual!

Happy reading 2019–Let’s fly together!

Mayah XO

Copyright 2019

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