The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time by Mark Haddon


This was an incredible novel from an incredibly unique perspective.

Christopher understands maths; he understands science; but he can never understand humans and why the do the things they do. But one day, he discovers that his neighbor's dog has been murdered--and he wants to find out who did it. But what starts off as search for a dog killer, transforms into different kind of journey; a discovery of the people in Christopher's life. And when long kept secrets are revealed, he feels more confused and afraid than ever.

Before I started reading this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The plot didn't really sound intriguing and I had heard many conflicting opinions about its quality. But from the first page, I was hooked. It was written compellingly, perfectly fitting Christopher as a character. And it was funny as hell! I paused several times in the first 100 pages to read quotes aloud to my boyfriend. It was fun, yet serious, and it possessed an amazing sense of pace and detail.

But without a doubt, Christopher was the best part of this book. He was simply captivating. And though he is so completely different than me--and most people in the world--he is immensely relatable. He said and felt what others hide, unaware of how unprecedentedly unique he was. I don't think I've read a voice so wholly inspiring in my life.

Now I understand why this book is on the BBC Book List. I would recommend it to anyone.

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