Book Review: the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

A bit of a reading slump was what lead me to the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.

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Up until I heard about this book, I had been trying and failing to get through Hollow City, the second installment of Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children. I read through the first part just fine, in fact I found it very interesting and finished it in about a week. When I was almost done I ordered Hollow City and thanks to Amazon Prime, it arrived right the next day. I was so happy that I was going to be able to continue right away with the second part of the story. Much to my dismay, however, I have found that Hollow City is not a smooth read. I don’t know what it is, but I’m finding myself not caring about what happens to the characters and their adventure, which is very bad for someone who really liked the first part! I think my problem is that I really don’t like the main character, Jacob.  Anyway I have totally gone off topic now. I needed a good book, but I didn’t feel like reading anything on my shelf, and I just felt antsy to read something new and intriguing. I heard about the curious incident of the dog in the night-time through Marzia’s blog. I ordered it through Amazon Prime on Friday, and it arrived on Sunday around noon. I was so excited to read it because after I heard about this book I did a bit of research and it sounded like something I really might enjoy. So I began reading it right away; I’m glad the book arrived on a Sunday because I don’t know what I would have done had it arrived today for example and I had to go to work because I read and finished the book before Game of Thrones started (!!!) around 5ish the same day. The book is so easy to read and the way the story is written just makes you want to keep reading it to find out what the outcome will be.

The book is described as a mystery but it is much more than that. It is a window to the life of a teenager who has Asperger Syndrome, which is now part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have never met anyone with this or any similar disorder so it was intriguing and heart wrenching to read a book that describes this disorder so candidly. Since the story is told in first person we are able to feel what Christopher (the main character) feels on a much more personal level. Looking at life through his perspective, it doesn’t seem at all strange that he would react the way he does to the world around him. As someone who is an introvert, I related to some of his feelings, however, I cannot imagine how horrible it must feel to be so crippled by doing “simple” day to day things. I found this book so full of hope despite its unlikely outcome.  I am someone who is optimistic and hopeful and I would like to believe that things will work out for Christopher. There are so many different little aspects of this book that really make you stop and think about how futile and insignificant some things we worry about really are. I feel like this book should be read by everyone. If there’s one thing the world seriously lacks is empathy. The ability to put yourself in others’ shoes and feel what they feel. I will be giving this book another read, because sometimes I read too fast and I want to take things slowly since I already know what happens. I give the curious incident of the dog in the night-time 5/5.

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Phew. I’ve never written a book review so hopefully you gained some insight about this great book, I didn’t want to go too in depth and give anything away, as many of the reviews on Goodreads did! I hope you enjoy reading it and learning from it as much as I did.

Until next time, Jeannete x

 

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