Recently,my Young Adult Literature professor has been raving about this book, The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, by Mark Haddon. He constantly mentioned it, so finally I decided to pick it up from the library and try it out (I wasn’t going to buy it, because what if my professor had terrible tastes in books and I ended up hating it).
Any how, I read it in a couple days, it’s kind of a short book, and I thought it was really interesting. The story certainly captured my attention, but I’m just not sure if I actually liked it.
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, is about an 15-year-old boy who is autistic. The whole book is this autistic main character (Christopher) telling the story about trying to find the killer of a neighbor’s dog. But really, it’s more about him learning of his parents’ break-up and him dealing with a home life that was suddenly turned upside down.
For someone that has a condition in which he needs order and consistency in his life, learning about his parents’ break-up was catastrophic to him. In fact, the news actually made him run away from home and travel over 100 miles to London by himself to see his mom. In non-autistic person terms, it would be like swimming across the Atlantic Ocean just to see someone. At one point, he was even nearly killed!
The book definitely had lots of action in it, and the main character was surprisingly likable, but by the end of the book I didn’t really feel very good. I think a big problem for me was that there wasn’t any happy ending. It’s not like a fairy godmother showed up, waved her magic wand, and made all Christopher’s emotional/developmental problems go away. His family was still broken up. Nothing seemed to get any better in the main character’s life, if anything, things seemed to be a little worse for him. It just kind of made me depressed at the end of the book.
Note to self, don’t listen to any professor’s book recommendations!