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  • Fantastic engrossing read

    Meet Christopher John Francis Boone, 15 years old and has Aspergers syndrome. He lives in Wiltshire, England with his father Ed. He doesn’t like loud noises, crowded places, and the colours yellow and brown, as these colours mean that he is going to have a bad day. At 7 minutes past midnight, Christopher finds Mrs Sears’s dog, Wellington, dead in her front garden. He was lay on his side with a garden fork sticking out of him. Everyone suspected that Christopher had killed Wellington, but he loves animals and would never hurt them. He decided that he was going to become a detective, like Sherlock Holmes, and find out who really killed Wellington. He needed somewhere to write down all of his information, so he wrote this book. With a child on the autistic spectrum, I could fully understand Christopher’s behaviour. Mark Haddon had clearly done his research into the condition. From not allowing his food to touch, to not understanding other peoples emotions – all perfect examples of how autism can affect a persons behaviour and actions. The story is narrated from Christopher’s perspective, as this is his book that he wrote about his life. Everything written in it must be true as he doesn’t know how to write fiction! I loved Christopher, and his logical view of the world, and the inability to tell lies, along with the way in which he portrays the world. He is a lovable young man. He tells you exactly what he’s doing and why. I like a character who gets right to the point, rather that skirting around issues. The book is quite an emotional book at times, even-though Christopher doesn’t understand emotions. There are also lots of laugh out loud moments, including times where you probably shouldn’t laugh, but the way they are told by Christopher will have you laughing anyway. What I found most remarkable about this book is that it gives you an insight as to what it is like to live with autism, not just from the person with the diagnosis, but how people have to learn to adapt to living with someone with the condition. I first read this book years ago, and then when my middle son was diagnosed I re-read it and I found that it was far more helpful in understanding the condition than any reference book has ever been. One of the little side notes which I want to add is that I liked how the chapters were all prime numbers, something that Christopher loved. I had the pleasure of watching the adaptation on stage of this book, just before Christmas 2015. It was amazing and if you have loved the book I can guarantee you will love the stage version.

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  • gives an insight on diffetent ways of thinking.

    Not a book that you would read for big pleasure, however i enjoyed reading this book because it helped me understand and label my own feelings. Also helps me understand what my two nephews and niece go through because they think and act just like this boy. Good book.

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  • best depiction of life with autism

    if you want to know what it's like to live with autism, read this book. I recognised so many of the main character's behaviours because my son has autism too. This is a must read for anyone who is related to or a friend of someone with autism.

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  • The curious incident of thedogin the

    Well written book

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  • Very interesting reading.

    Awesome insight into the thinking of people on the autism spectrum!

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