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A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Upside Down Dog on book coverReviewed by Tom Han, Teen Advisory Council

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by U.K author Mark Haddon is no ordinary young adult novel. It follows an autistic 15 year old boy named Christopher and his first person perspective of the world and his surroundings. The book offers a refreshing take on the young adult genre with its unique point of view of real, human conflicts while being funny and touching at the same time.

Christopher Boone is a hyper logical teenager with thrives on patterns, math, and theorems. However, he lacks an understanding of human emotion and has a difficult time overcoming his random compulsions and habits. For instance, Christopher hates being touched, despises the color yellow, and takes literallyeverything literally. When his neighbour’s dog, Wellington, mysteriously dies one night, Christopher decides to take it upon himself to investigate after being inspired by his favourite fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. As the story progresses, Christopher finds himself in situations where his perspective of life adds an unexpected layer of absurdity and comedy. At the same time, he must cope with a confusing family life and the emotional trauma of living with a moody, temperamental father who doesn’t quite understand him.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is truly a book any demographic can enjoy. Christopher’s story isn’t about the destination as much as it is about his wholesome, humorous, yet emotional journey. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a relatively short but sweet tale, and you don’t need to be a fan of any particular genre to appreciate it.