This week’s book won the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year and the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Wikipedia)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by Mark Haddon

Book Review in one sentence:

A funny, sad, and unique insight into the life of a teenage boy living with Autism and his relationship with his family.

My analysis:

This book is easy to read, simply written, and a fast read. The true heart of the book is the teenage autistic boy named Christopher who serves as narrator. Through his story you see the struggles people with Autism face day-to-day. Even something as simple as sitting down to eat a meal is a struggle for Christopher as he will only eat certain foods, and he will not eat food if it is touching a different type of food.

The story starts with a mystery, but the book itself is really about Christopher’s relationships with the people and the world around him. Haddock really gets you into Christopher’s mind by showing his genius with math problems, and explaining the analytical way Christopher see’s things.

I would recommend that everyone read this book because our society needs to have a better understanding of people with Autism.

Themes Explored in this Book:  Autism, Family Relationships, Teenage Angst, Divorce 

Related reading:

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopman

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