October 2016

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  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon

    • Rating: 8/10
    • Genre: Mystery
    • Pages: around 226
    • Topics: Autism, Murder, Independence, Loss
    • Summary: Christopher Boone is a 15 year old autistic boy who tries to solve the “murder” case of his neighbor’s dog, Wellington. His investigation leads Christopher to unexpected trails, which result in him learning and dealing with his parents’ destructive marriage.

R E V I E W: This book is different from the usual romance novels I like to read and review ((LOL)). Curious Incident is actually an amazing story that provides insight towards the perspective of someone who is autistic. The whole novel is written in first-person, Christopher’s point of view, and it’s really interesting to see how he thinks and reasons with his environment and society. The audience gets to see how Christopher deals with the murder of one of the only things he’s loved: the neighbor’s dog. Mark Haddon does a fantastic job in using specific diction and even images to show the reactions and thought processes of Christopher and how he goes about solving the case of Wellington and dealing with his family. There’s a few plot twists, which the reader may or may not see coming, but nonetheless, it’s all about how Christopher, a boy who loves organization and predictability, deals with these completely chaotic situations. This novel provides a very excellent example as to how people with autism behave and think (I’m a psychology major so I dig anything related to psychology). It’s no surprise that this book has taken its spot on Broadway as a play, due to its successful insight. If you love mystery and short books, I guarantee you will enjoy Curious Incident! Let me know if you have any recommendations or requests 🙂

    ~Sofia

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