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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
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ISBN-13: 9781400032716
ISBN-10: 1400032717
Publication Date: 5/18/2004
Pages: 240
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 4384 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 38
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" brings the reader right into the world and thought process of the main character. It reads less like a detective novel and more as a character analysis of autism. The pages fly by, not in an attempt to solve who-dunnit, but to find out what will be said or done next. An entire universe of logic unfolds that the adult mind has trouble understanding, and yet Mark Haddon has used his years of experience to bring forward a very memorable literary character. I found the solution to the murder mystery slightly out of flow with the rest of the novel but it did not lessen my overall enjoyment.
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Helpful Score: 26
I am familiar with several forms of Austism and found this book incredibly touching. Not at all what I expected, it was a good story told from an unique point of view. I picked it up after hearing a number of other people rave about it, and am very glad I did. This should become a classic.
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Helpful Score: 24
This book was written from the perspective of an autistic boy. It presented an interesting world view, but I was disappointed with the ending. I was really into it at first, but by the middle I started to feel like I was reading the book version of an After School Special.
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Helpful Score: 18
Perhaps the most creative book I've ever read. Fascinating, first-person approach from an autistic child in a novel setting.

4.5 stars out of 5
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Helpful Score: 13
Different than any type of book I've read before. Written from the view point of an autistic boy. Quick read and one I'd probably re-read again.
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Helpful Score: 8
An interesting book. It made me think about how it must feel to have all that information in your head as an autistic person. But at the same time it struck a balance between that and humor.
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Helpful Score: 8
This book was just "weird" and not enjoyable to me. I dislike math greatly, and have no appreciation for the subject. Not to be a spoiler for a reviewer, this is the adventure of a child who is a type of savant. Others may find it brilliant, but it was not my cup of tea.
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Helpful Score: 5
I could not put this book down. I finished it the day I began reading it. It was such an excellent book, I can't recommend it enough!
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Helpful Score: 5
Sometimes a popular book is disappointing for me. Such was the case with this read. Yes, the writer took a novel approach and the story is original but I found some inconsistencies that bothered me. The autistic boy who tells the tale is interesting and the scenarios could very well be real. I'm not sure but something was off. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I know many others really liked this read.
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My teen and pre-teen boys and I listened to this book on cd. We were all moved by the frustrations the main character, an autistic boy, dealt with and lived with. The book gave me a new respect for individuals living with autism. Besides that, the book was funny and entertaining. A captivating story. The audio book reader was excellent.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book was fascinating and a quick, easy read. Highly recommend to someone who wants to learn more about autism.
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Helpful Score: 3
We read this book in my book club and I wasn't as impressed as some of the other members. The author does a pretty good job of writing as an autistic boy and has obviously spent quite a bit of time in the company of autistism. However some of the story needed a little more insight than the narrator was able to offer. I found the ending to bea little too quick and quaint.
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Written in the narrative of an Autistic 15yr old's voice...this very well may have been the oddest, uniquely written book i've read. It was not at all what i expected. It was a VERY quick read, i read it in less than a day. I would have to say that the premise of the book was not really the main idea, here. It was an interesting story of the murder of a dog, and the mystery of the boy's mother...but all-in-all i think it was a very "curiously" written character study of the boy's perception of the world and how he survives in it. I am NOT very familiar with Autism, however, but this book lent me a sensitive insight to what the boy endures and achieves in everyday life and this is truly where the story lies. A VERY INTERESTING AND RECOMMENDED READ! YOU'LL NEVER READ A BOOK LIKE THIS, I BET!
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I never even finished this book. And I tried repeatedly, and skipped around trying to read different parts, trying to find what is is about this book that makes people keep recommending it. I have an Asperger's child and he is NOTHING like this child. It's like Hadden took every symptom that he'd heard that perhaps an Asperger's child could have (most do not have ALL symptoms), made them as bad as they could be, then tried to pretend like a child that badly afflicted could write, at the moment it is happening, such knowing and insightful things about himself, but could only do it in the language and syntax of a 5 year old. And that in the end, there's a puppy and everyone suddenly loves and understands each other and everything is just rainbow great. geez. There was not one real or even likable character. I hope this book goes silently into the oblivion it deserves, and that it doesn't become the next stereotype of Autism that we have to fight.

And even tho I'd love for someone to take this trash off my hands, I have to be honest.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is a must-read! Even if you are not a person struggling to understand autism, the insights it provides into the inner workings of a young autistic boy are amazing.

The story is of an agoraphobic autistic boy whose mother has abandoned him to be raised by his father, as she is incapable with dealing with his special needs. The boy is afraid to leave the house much of the time, preferring to venture out only at night when there is little chance of him having to interact with another person, which makes him very nervous. One night, he finds that someone has murdered his neighbor's poodle. An animal lover, he holds the dog in an attempt to comfort it as it is dying, and the neighbor discovers him and believes his has murdered her dog. The boy is more horrified by the idea of killing an animal than he is by his fear of strangers, and must overcome his agoraphobia to track down the real killer and clear his own name.
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Helpful Score: 3
I finished reading this book last night and I'm still not sure if I liked it. I loved the format and I loved that it was written from the boy's point of view. I loved that it gave me a better understanding of how an autistic's person's mind works. The main story seemed to just "end" abruptly though, mystery over... then we are on to a totally different story. It felt very disjointed at times. But at the same time, I think that was the whole point, this is how he thinks and this is what he feels (and doesn't feel).

Overall, it was a good book and I'd recommend it, but I think this is a book I'll be thinking about in the coming months, still trying to sort it out in my own mind.

VERY well written and being the math geek that I am, I loved that aspect of it! I also found that the boy, I believe, sometimes has a better grasp of the world around him that we do... interesting.

ETA: I meant to say something about the chapter numbers. When I started it, I saw "2" and started freaking out wondering where "1" was... then it went to 3 and I figured I missed a chapter, so I went back and nothing (at this point I'm convinced my book is missing a chapter) until I see 5 (where is 4????)... I was very happy when they explained where the numbers went! *laughing* I'm so anal sometimes!
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I thought this was wonderful! The story was very engagingly told, and drew me in so completely that I finished in a day! I found myself trying to see the world through Christopher's eyes--so much so that it jarred me when I ran into something that didn't seem to fit. For example, are baked beans not brown in the UK? And I know Milky Way bars are brown! Mark Haddon did an excellent job of giving the reader insight into a mind that would normally remain hidden to many. Christopher seemed so easy to understand and interesting, like someone I'd like to talk with. It's sad to think that he probably wouldn't like to talk with me, though....
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I think the author did a good job of being inside the head of an autistic teen, however I didn't feel any particular empathy for the character. Since it was from his point of view the parents problems were only addressed as he saw it, and not from the pressure of having to deal with a child like him. I know this book is extremely popular right now, but it won't be in my top 10 for the year.
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I generally can read anything but I just could not get into this book. It was a little too "different" for me.
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Though it is sometimes difficult to "get through", this is an excellent book on introduce people to the difficulties people with autism may encounter.
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I'm not sure why I picked this book up. Perhaps it was the interesting cover that first grabbed my attention. Reading the cover notes, it sounded interesting enough. In a nutshell, Christopher, an autistic boy investigates the murder of the neighbors dog and writes a book to tell his story. This book is that book. An interesting concept and in fact Mark Haddon pulls it off quite well. I completely believe that this book was written by an autistic child. That is also where it fails for me. After the first few chapters it got old. I'm sure this is exactly how it would be written if it were true, but goodness, the side paths that are taken just get old before too long. Many times I just wanted to put his one down, but it was short so I finished, though I did skip over paragraphs and whole chapters when it went off story. Some people may really enjoy this, but it's just not my style.
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If you're anticipating a mystery novel, this book will leave you high and dry well before the half-way mark. This is a very interesting book, to say the least, but it has more to do with psychology and looking at the world through new eyes than it does anything to do with a murder mystery. The main character is autistic, but a mathematical genius whose life takes a dramatic turn when a neighborhood dog turns up dead. There's a new digression at every turn, seemingly, and all though they're all on very interesting subjects--quirky, little-known scientific theories, or what a perfect world would be like for an autistic individual, for instance--it does get a little tedious when you're waiting for the story line to develope. All in all, I'd say just a good read; not a great read.
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This was an extremely interesting book, written through the eyes of a child who has a form of autism. Amazing. The main character, 15 year old Christopher decides to write a book and as he is writing this book, he shares things going on in his mind & in his life. Christopher see's life in an only "logical" way. He is unable to deal with anything unplanned, life's surprises, or empathy for anybody else. It is an incredible insight into the mind of child who has these issues. It also, allows you to comprehend the difference in the way he thinks verses the way other "normal" people process information. Some pages I had to read over and over to comprehend how he came to his conclusions, but it was well worth it in educating me.

Christopher turns out to be incredibly intelligent, but has a hard time with emotions such as empathy for others. Although he cares for animals. Very insightful story. Especially recommended for those who are dealing with this type of thing. I've learned a lot.

I'd like to think that I am a better person than Christopher's mom, however, I could relate to her difficulties raising this boy as he becomes an adolescent. Raising teenagers is hard enough and they are typically difficult to relate to anyway. But Christopher is in a completely different world. His parents try very hard to protect him, understand him and to have patience, however, they are not perfect and you can feel their difficulties.

Also, now I'm wondering if my cat has this same type of autism as well.
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This book was ok, although I didn't see the point to it... It definitely gives you the world view from a mentally challenged individual, but I didn't feel the story was that evolved. That being said, it was a quick read and I wouldn't say NOT to read it.
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I could not get through this book. While I was intrigued by the writing style, I just found it to be awful. I couldn't even make it to the 100 pages I normally give a book. There was nothing compelling about this book that would make me want to read it further than I did.
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I, too, was drawn in by the many great reviews of this book and was baffled when I saw how bad it was. I want those two hours of my life back.
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This was one of the most unique books I've ever read. Don't read it expecting a story. It's not about the plot, it's about the narrator - a 15 year old boy with autism. The plot is secondary to the character and the glimpse of his world. I understand why some people hated it, but I was amazed. Don't expect to understand everything you read. Part of the point of the story is that we can't understand the mathematical parts of his mind. We aren't supposed to. That's what makes autism different. I can't promise anybody else that they will enjoy this book, but I do recommend giving it a try.
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Ugh, I hated it. Didn't get very far before reposting this one. :-(
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I just did not get this book and did not finish it. I thought I would humor myself and read something a little different than what I am used to but this book was just way to different. I am on the otherhand very happy that many others enjoyed it...I just did not.
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While I am found the main character's vast trivia knowledge quite interesting, I needed the story itself to move. I appreciated the author's insight to this character and all, but I was pretty darn bored and couldn't see wasting anymore time reading a book that wasn't even a little enthralling. If something can be a "little" enthralling.
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I am a former teacher and now volunteer in my church as librarian. This is one of my favorite books. I first heard it as an audio book and the narrator was excellent. Now I read the book and the book has diagrams and mathematical formulas that the audio book does not, and they enhance the text. The voice of the main character, Christopher, through whom the story is told, is so very convincing and unique, primarily because the author worked with autistic children so he knows their problems and ways of addressing the chaos they see in the world. This book helps the reader enter the world of autism, and understand how the world appears to an autistic person -- loud, stressful, chaotic, terrifying, confusing, and just plain weird. This is a good book for teachers, parents, friends, and peers of autistic people. I will read this book again and again because it is so unique and unusual -- a door to the world of someone else. It's a keeper.
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Blech! Undoubtedly one of THE worst books I have ever attempted to read. Boring, trite, contrived, one note only: skip this loser, save your credit and order anything else! I stopped 1/3 of the way through and simply couldn't finish it. It's the only book I have stopped reading in the last 7 or 8 years.
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This book is written from the perspective of a teenager with autism. The story is beautiful and draws the reader in to the life of an individual living with autism. Not only do you see events from the child's perspective, but the author brings to life the real problems and struggles of caregivers.
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A Whitbread Book of the Year, a New York Times Notable Book, a Today Show book club selection--all with good reason. This is wonderfully readable, touching book written from the point of view of an autistic boy. GREAT!
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Quick read. Intersting, but not as good as all the hype to me. Some parts were even annoying.
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I LOVED this book about an autistic boy and his view of the world. Written by Mark Haddon who worked with autistic children, the books is authentic and captivating.
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A truly wonderful book! It is a pretty quick read and beautifully crafted. The main character is a 15 year old autistic child and he is writing a "murder mystery" with the helpful advice of his teacher. He only includes chapters in prime numbers as those are the ones he likes. It is a forthright perspective from an autistic mind and his true story unfolds with some shocking revelations. I was moved by his experiences and loved the ending! On the list of "1,001 books to read before you die" and I sincerely agree!
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I think this novel is the absolute best example of "voice" that I've ever read. The autistic character is portrayed with such love and empathy. Just a wonderful book. Funny, interesting, and lovely.
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I loved this book. It's a surprisingly quick read, yet emotionally complex and fascinating.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the story of an autistic boy who is a genious in math, but cannot grasp many human emotions. The story begins with the mysterious death of a neighborhood dog which sends Christopher into an investigation. The whole novel is written from Christopher's point of view and begins as his attempt to write a murder mystery. Of course, there are some mysteries that you figure out right away, but the point is to see the world through Christopher's eyes, which is frustrating, but fascinating. Seeing his inability to touch or communicate love to his family is the most heart-wrenching part of the book.

Curious Incident is a very quick read, but there are still some of Christopher's tangents that you will find yourself skimming through. Those can be annoying, but the book is definitely worth it to get in the head of this boy. I think this story is a must-read for anyone who is interested in autism, or anyone who would like to read something from a unique narrator.
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Fascinating, moving, and completely compelling, this is the story of a young "detective" with Asperger's Syndrome who has to find out the truth about a neighbor's murdered pooch. The inclusion of charts, graphs, etc. really adds to the conceit (the story is written from the teenager's POV).
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This is an engaging book. The author does a great job of staying in character. I laughed throughout much of it,and read parts of it out loud to a friend who also thought it was very funny. I would recommend this book to anyone. The main character offers some surprising insights on human nature, given his autism. It is one of those books that can be read on different levels, as a simple story or as a commentary on life.
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It is a very different book!
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I resisted reading this book because it seemed like one of those love it or hate it offerings. It didn't blow me away but was a satisfying and well written story. The point of view is unusual and I found myself appreciating a different perspective of everyday things. It is a quick read and, although many may not like it, I think everyone should give a chance.
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This is a great book that shows life from a mentally handicapped boy's point of view. Definitely an interesting read.
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The book definitely gave me some perspective on workings of the autistic mind, which at some points was hard for me to just be okay with reading. It was a short story, so I read it in its entirety, but it did lose my interest toward the end. I was more interested in the narration and thought process then the actual suspense of the mystery.
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Very gimmicky and highly overrated.
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Such an interesting and unique book. The author captured the main character perfectly. As one critic wrote, "Moving . . . Think of The Sound and the Fury crossed with The Catcher in the Rye and one of Oliver sack's real life stories."
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Great book. I couldn't put it down. It's a story about an autistic boy who is trying to solve the murder of his neighbor's dog. He is incredibly gifted mathematically, and also very frustrating to his father. His autism requires him to perform many "rituals". Everything must be a certain way (e.g. furniture cannot be moved around, food cannot be yellow, etc.). Well written book. It feels as though this person is very real. Very surprising who in fact the murderer is!
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I loved this book. Great, interesting job of creating the character's point of view.
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My mind doesn't work this way, so I found this an awkward read...but it does illustrate how autistic people who think in this unique way can be so misunderstood! This is a creative book that helps open minds to others' differences.
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Unique premise and a good story. It could be a book tweens and teens except for brief flashes of offensive language which was not required by the story line. I know the author is known for his childrens books and I suppose he threw in the foul langauge to prove this was a book aimed at adults. I wish he wouldn't have as I think this is a story my grandchildren would enjoy.
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The main character reminded me of Dori from Finding Nemo, he's just so lost. Poor kid. Anyway whoever compared this book to The Catcher in the Rye is seriously psycho!
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Very interesting [oint of view, but I can't say I really enjoyed reading the book. It's a good choice for a swap or a library take-out, but I wouldn't buy it. I think if knowing how a person with autism thinks, there are books out there written by someone with autism that are probably just as interesting.
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EXCELLENT! I have a slightly autistic nephew, and this really helped me understand him on a new level. In addition, it was a fascinating story, and well written.
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Arguably one of the most interesting books I've ever read. It's written from the point of view of Christopher, a teenage boy who has autism (at least I assume it is autism, as the book never specifically states this). The neighbor's dog is killed and Christopher sets out to find who committed the murder. In the process, he unearths other secrets and goes on other adventures. The book is not really about the murdered dog but the life of a person with autism. The ending was not a conclusive ending so you might want to avoid this book if you like your stories all tied up with a pretty bow at the end of a book. :)
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I just loved this book.
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I didn't really like this book. It took a long time to get me interested and then I just wanted to be done with it. It was okay but not something I would suggest for others.
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This was a treat to read! A charmingly gentle and compassionate fiction story with a very real to life voice, this "mystery" involves an autistic teenager on the outskirts of London who faces family drama and neighborhood problems while nearly (but not quite) exhausting his coping skills. You will root for this simple yet complicated young man as he struggles to understand his world. The character of his father is brilliantly explored, presenting a faceted and flawed man with a good heart.
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The book is disturbing..in a good way i suppose. I mean, at least in an enlightening way. The thought processes of this young boy are hard to follow. Not in the sense that it's not easy to understand..but in the sense that the logic is THERE but not what "normal" people experience. His perception is all skewed and trying to follow it can disturb the normal mind. I thought it was interesting in being allowed to experience this for a moment in time, though my mind had a hard time grasping how someone could function like this in every day life. It's definitely worth a read.
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This was quite an amusing book. Quick read and interesting look into the mind of an autistic savant. I was reminded of "Rainman" (if you're old enough to remember that movie!)
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This book is written from the view of an autistic young man; Interesting variety of literary techniques used.
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Very boring --I just couldn't get into it and didn't care what happened to that dog!!
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This is a different book written from the perspective of a teenage boy who has Autism. Christopher tells of his adventures in life and in trying to solve the mystery of how a neighbor's dog was murdered. Along the way the reader gets an interesting view at what it might be like to think like a person with Autism, while Christopher goes through some ups and downs with school, parents, neighbors, and being independent. And he solves the mystery!!
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I could apprciate the difficulties writin from an autistic viewpoint, but other than that, this was a short book that seemed long and drawn out to me.
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The main character in this book is beautifully written. The story draws you in until you actually feel the same emotions as the character, while his quirky habits keep the tone light.
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Very well-written book, written from the approach that the writer/speaker is a special-needs teenager, and views the world from that position.

It reads well as a mystery story....and at the same time, would be REALLY interesting to a Special Ed. teacher, or any teacher with special-needs kids. Very interesting book from several angles!
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I had heard a lot of hype about this book. Maybe I went into it with my expectations too high, but I didn't like it that much.
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I've never had any idea what it was like to be inside the mind of an autistic person until reading this book. This book gave me an understanding for the depth of a person beyond their label. Autism may be a disorder or handicap, but that doesn't make Christopher Francis Boone any less of a person, if anything it makes him a wonderful, hilarious, frustrating human puzzle that I want to understand.
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A fast read! The book let's you see how autistic children often view their surroundings.
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This was a wonderful novel, although maybe not one for everybody. It gives the reader a look into the mind of an autistic savant 15 year old boy. Although the adults in his life have failings, the book is not preachy. It just tells a story. It is not a particularly large book, and I read it in 2 evenings.
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Interesting twist on the mystery genre. A little too juvenile
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I should have taken it as a red flag that a reviewer on the back of this book compared it to The Catcher in the Rye. I usually enjoy a story that has a definite beginning and end rather than just a character study like this turned out to be. There were some interesting points. Mostly, the accurate portrayal of a person with autism by the author but this just isn't my kind of book.
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An interesting look inside the mind of an uncommon character. I throughly enjoyed this book! The way that he sees the world is charming and I love the specific examples illustrated in the book. I would definitely recommend this for a read through.
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Quite a lot of foul language! The essence of this book was interesting and I liked the style it was written in. However, I would not have purchased it had I known how much foul language was in it. The main character does not believe in God and that is mentioned several times as well. The glimpse into the workings of an autistic mind was enlightening, though parts of the book were a bit drawn out and tedious. The ending was quite abrupt and unsatisfying.
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Follow Christopher, a young autistic boy, as he attempts to solve the murder of the neighbor's dog. To do so, he must interperet clues in a world which he views from a very different perspective than anyone else he meets.

Note that this was bought in London and may be a bit different than the true U.S. version available here. (Believe it or not, British books are almost always "translated" into American English.)
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Having one child w/PDD and one with classic autism this book was really very cute,and I thought it was really funny.
It was interesting to read and I could see how my kids minds work differently-ish
The description makes it sound boring but it was fun to read and like I said it was quite funny :)
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I found the first part of this book rather fascinating. My grandson is autistic and I could see SOME similarities, which is what made it interesting to me. As the story progressed, though, I found it very repetitious and the main character seemed more like a 4 year-old child than a 15 year-old autistic boy. It was a struggle for me to even finish the book and as one other reviewer put it............. it just wasn't my cup of tea.
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I could have done without this book.
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Page 1 - disgusted
Page 8 - bored
Page 16 - tossed in the "must go" pile
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A book club hit. The author does a great job of placing you inside the mind of a young man on the austism spectrum, and letting you see the individual hiding among the symptoms.
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My version of this book was on CD - which added a whole new flavor to a really great book. Hearing the dialog expressed with such perfect intonation had me smiling the whole time I listening. This was a great read/listen!
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i read this book a few years ago and i really enjoyed it. if special ed. and/or mental disorders are of particular interest to you, you'll appreciate this book.
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Why are the best books always finished so quickly?? A wonderful, engaging and enjoyable read. Looking forward to more!
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I really enjoyed this story of life from an autistic boys perspective. My son has ADHD, but many of the quirks that the boy in this story experienced reminded me of my son, and helped me see things through his eyes. The storyline is compelling, and has a surprise ending, and had me rooting for the hero the whole way through. Great read!
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To be honest I felt that this book was over hyped. I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't feel like it was 5 star material. It's an interesting story about an autistic, at least it seems like he is, child who goes from living with one parent to another. Really, that's it. A majority of the book is reading about how to travels and how he feels about it across London. I expected more from it. Maybe that's just me though.
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A great book to help understand the mind of an autistic person. I am a teacher and even though this book is fiction, it really helped me to understand a few of my former students better. I read it in a couple of days.
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Great book. The author seems to have a good grasp of what life is like for someone with autism. Very believable.
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This novel is written from the perspective of a teenage boy with autism. It made for a very interesting read, although I did find my mind wandering at times while reading. Being a person who doesn't know anything about this condition, I learned quite a bit from reading this book. Christopher is so smart. He's logical and full of interesting facts. Yet, he can't relate emotionally to other people. As I was reading, I couldn't help but feel for all the characters in the book. Especially Christopher's parents.

Definitely worth the read.
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Interesting intrepretation of the austistic mind. First part of the book was very intriguing, the second half got somewhat more repetitious.
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I really enjoyed it and thought it was an excellent book. At times I was really moved by it and got teary-eyed. Such a unique perspective of a broken family, life's challenges and coping and dealing with them. A short read, but very well done and original.
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Wonderful book giving insite into the mind of the autistic. Great story....witty, charming, touching. HIGHLY recommended.
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I enjoyed this book enough to finish it but not enough to keep it. I found the main character's personality and his autism fascinating and really felt for him. The problem I had was the fair amount of swearing in the book and his attachment to math. I find both nearly equally painful :).
Even minor characters were pretty well drawn by means of dialog and I was really cheering for the boy in each predicament he fell into. The humor is a bit of a relief from his dry math oriented viewpoint. Overall he felt realistic and someone I could care about.
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Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", is a beautifully insightful and sensitively revealing account of the dis-ordered mind. Written from the perspective of a 15 year old boy suffering from Aspergers syndrome, Haddon turns the tables on the way Autism and Aspergers is so often viewed by society. In the process he gently illuminates the perversity of modern culture and its social etiquette. At its core, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' is a heart-wrenching yet contemporary coming of age novel that everyone should read.
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I really enjoyed this book, but it was very different. It is about an autistic boy and learning how he thinks. I know it sounds boring, but it is definitely not!
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This book was hard for me to get into. It may be me but It was just ok
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I was browsing the swap when I came across this one. I don't think it's as fabulous as the reviews say. It was interesting, but not phenomenal. And it uses the F word too much. I don't think I'll read it twice.
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An excellent quasi-mystery novel. It really allows you to get into the head of an autistic boy and understand how they view the world.
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Creative and enjoyable. Interesting to read from the point of view of an autistic teenage boy. Nice change of pace. I loved all the random deviations from the main story, and the book held my attention all the way through. I was kind of disappointed with the ending, though. It was satisfactory, but I think it could have been stronger somehow.
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Very good book, well written. Haddon explores the world of autism and does it well - he is very compassionate. But at the same time this is funny, sad, and interesting. The main character finds a neighbor's dog murdered and decides to investigate it's death.
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I found it easy to get into (always a plus), and heartwrenching. A great story, and, although I don't know how true to life its description of autism is, it's a fantastic character.
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Very interesting and unique book. I loved that it was written through this boys eyes.
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Did not like this book.
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Very interesting perspective into how the brain of a boy with autism may operate. Great story.
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[This book] is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about math and very little about human beings. He loves lists, pattterns and the truth. He hates the colors yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbor's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
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Sweet story. Interesting look at a teenager with autism and the world from his point of view. A fast and easy read.
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I loved this book. It's a fascinating look into the world of someone with aspergers syndrome and a great read.
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I have extreme mixed feelings on this book. First, it was good, but I would not rave like some others. It's a quick read, I finished in a day. The mixed feelings are caused because I know and love persons affected with autism. This story... well, not so much the story, but the "voice" hits so close to home. Being in Christophers head and seeing things the way he saw them and hearing the way his mind works - well, it caused my own anxiety. So much so, that I took a break early on because it was distressing. Again, not the story, but the insight... Very real. I recommend the book as a whole, I'm sorry I took so long to pick it up.
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This story of an autistic boy and following his thought processes is very well written. The book went fast for me, but of all the books I've read, this is one that I can honestly say I didn't like. The math got in the way for me, and at times the boy and his father were very frustrating. I didn't like the ending, either. Struck out on this one!
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Quick read - clever and well-written.
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A fabulously written quick read. I would highly recommend this book.
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was funny, sad, as well as educational. Christopher, a brilliant autistic boy, investigates the 'curious incident of the dog in the night-time.' This is one of the most unusual books I have ever read, a definite must-read!
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As the parent of an adult child who has a high functioning autistic disorder I can only applaud Mark Haddon's work. This is a highly interesting and engaging way for people to learn about a very important issue in today's world.
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Excellent read. You are able to view the world from the perspective of the main character, an autistic young man, and see both the beauty and horror that result from his mental condition.
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Wonderfully intriuging mystery. Told from the perspective of a challenged child (I don't know my mental conditions, but I think it may represent an autistic perspective). I thought this was a clever twist on the manner in which a murder is both told and solved. I throughly enjoy it and would highly recommend it!
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An awesome book. Gives you an insight to the mind of autism. I highly recommend it.
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I am not a writer, so I can't do justice by this book. There have been so many excellent reviews of this work, and I can wholeheartedly say I AGREE. The narrator of this story takes you into his world of autism, and changes your view of what you thought you knew. It's a "sweet" story, but sad and moving as well. You will be reminded how true it is that we are all just human, and we all say and do things that are incomprehensible at times.
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Awesome book. Funny, sad, insightful. Combination of unfortunate disease and poor parenting is not a good mix.
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I tried reading this book when it first came out and there was so much hype about it. I couldn't make it past page 10. This time around, I made it through but it did not change my opinion of this book. I found it to be tedious. Perhaps there is a novelty to the viewpoint presented that appealed to people. Bottomline, I did not enjoy the book at all.
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From the back of the book: 15-year-old Christopher has a photographic memory. He understands math. He understands science. What he can't understand are other human beings. When he finds his neighbour's dog lying dead on the lawn, he decides to track down the killer and write a murder mystery about it. But what other mysteries will he end up uncovering.

This book is an insightful and spot-on look at the life of an autistic boy.
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I really enjoyed this book, the point of view of the narrator is very enlightening. It was a great book!
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Fantastic book.
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Interesting. I'll never look at autism in the same way!
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Very different!
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I thought this book was very morbid.
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I enjoyed this book, though in parts, Christopher was talking above my head concerning math equations and other ideas he'd worked out. Overall though, the story was a good read. The quirks of the lead character enhanced what otherwise would've been a boring plot-line. Would read again, but only recommend to certain readers.
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Excellent book!!
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Deeply touching and engrossing book. Your heart will go out to the protagonist.
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Really interesting book, but I can't believe it is rated for teens. There is some very bad language usage. It surprised me, and I'm an adult!
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Read this book in 2 days, could not bear to put it down! Rightfully at the top of a you must read list.
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"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" is a book told from the perspective of Christopher. Christopher is highly intelligent in math and science (as evidenced in the book), but he does not understand human emotion, and does not like to be touched.

When he finds his neighbor's dog has been killed, Christopher attempts to find the murderer. He tracks all of his detective work in a book. After his father finds the book, he takes it away from Christopher and tells him to stay out of people's business and stop asking about the dog. One day when Christopher finds his book, he finds much more than he bargained for as well.

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" is a really good book. It was very interesting to read from the perspective of an autistic child. I would recommend you read "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" if for no other reason than to gain that kind of perspective. "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" is a story told with a unique contemporary voice, and it will definitely keep you interested.

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" is a rather fast read. So pick it up if you have a couple of spare hours and just want some unique humor and a good book.
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An addictive, quick and funny read. Enlightening too! Thumbs up!
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What a great book!
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This is a great book especially for those who live and work with persons with autism.
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What an amazing story! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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Told from the point of view of an autistic savant teen whose investigation of the killing of a neighborhood dog leads him into terrifying revelations about his own life.
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The narrator and protagonist is a fifteen year old autistic boy who is high-functioning but still very "quirky." Perhaps the most amazing thing about the book is the fact that the author NEVER steps out of character when narrating. Prosaically, the book is perfection. The story itself is also quite gripping. The use of the work "and" to begin nearly every sentence and paragraph becomes slightly annoying towards the end of the book, but one feels it's probably a habit a teenage autistic boy might employ.
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A novel about autism and the workings of the mind. Christopher knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched and he hates the color yellow. This is a story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog. It is very funny and wise.
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Great read, that allows you to step inside the mind of an autistic boy and the aftermat he faces after finding a dog slain in a his neighbor's yard. Beautifully written.
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A wonderful book,very moving and believeable.
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While I wouldn't call it my favorite book, I definitely found a lot of the book touching and humorous. The writing style is truly unique, and so I must recommend it to any book-lover as required reading.
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I read this book in two days. Easy to read and a wonderful story.
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This book is my favorite of my reading year 2009. It is fresh, poignant, funny, heart-rending, and unique!
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I thought this book was an interesting view into the way an autistic person thinks. It's a sad story, and it also portays the frustrations of being the parents of a child with special needs in an interesting light.
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One of my favorite, quirky, must read books for it's originality.
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great read..genius look into an autistic childs mind. so simple yet so complex. his thinking process was intimidating when it came to calculations.
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Very funny and engaging book. I enjoyed it very much.
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My son has Asperger's Syndrome, which is a high-functionaing form of autism. This story illustrates perfectly how an autistic persons' behaviors and way of seeing the world are so rigid that it is difficult for us normal people to comprehend and be sensitive to them. I highly recommend this book for anyone who knows an autistic or even just "quirky" person.
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I found this book very interesting. It is written from the perspective of an autistic child which made for a difficult read at the beginning. However, before long I was completely caught up in the story and couldn't stop reading. I would suggest reading it.
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Loved it. What an incredible writer, to be able to make us live and breathe inside his narrator.
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Interesting insight into autism - quick read - good writing - interesting...
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I can't say I was entertained or maybe even enjoyed this book but it was very interesting. Just hearing things from the point of view of the boy was fascinating. A very different idea for a book and it was really interesting.
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This is a great read. The voice of the protagonist, Christopher (an intelligent autistic teen in England), is imaginative and convincing. He really comes across as a young man with integrity and perseverance. Also, the story has a nice flow and doesn't take long to finish.
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Well written, with simple clean diction. Enjoyable, and yet heart-felt.

I passed this onto a friend with a special needs child, and she said it was painfully close to home.

This book is today's "Catcher in the Rye."
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Christopher knows his age in days, can name all the capitols of the world, and even knows Latin. But he can't understand what it means if someone raises their eyebrow or why a joke is funny. His dream life would be as an astronaut, tucked away in a tiny room up in space, with no one around for thousands of miles, nothing but stars, computers, and quiet. And maybe his rat, Toby. But then Christopher sees his neighbor's dog, lying dead in the yard. He undertakes the task of being a detective and seeking out the murderer of furry Wellington. But the answer does not fit into the scope of his world and threatens to shatter it.

The concept of this book - that it was from the perspective of an autistic teenager - really appealed to me. I have a nephew that has Asperger's Syndrome and know several children in varying spectrums of the Autism rainbow. At first, I thought I was missing something...the book starts at Chapter 2. In fact, the chapters aren't sequential at all but Christopher explains himself: he prefers Prime numbers so he's chosen to number his chapters that way. In fact, he explains how he sees and thinks so vividly that I don't think I've ever understood Autism better. Definitely makes me appreciate the way I "glance" at things.

I would really like to recommend this book to my Book Group...but the language might be an issue.
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excellant!! Lets you begin to know what its like to have an autism child.Just some of their thoughts and feelings,really GOOD READ! Great Book!
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I began this book knowing little about it. I heard from numerous people that it was "funny" and "good", but had no idea what to expect. In all, it was quite an entertaining read. Yes, it is about a boy who tries to find the murderer of a dead dog. You find it out on the 1st page. But it is so much more than that. The main character has Asperger's Syndrome. As someone who works with special needs children, I was able to identify with Christopher. It's an insight to what life might be like for a person with this disorder. He features alot graphs and pitures in the book to explain himself better. I enjoyed this because it added a fun quality to the book. Pick it up if you would like a quick, light and entertaining read.
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Written from the perspective of an austic 15 year old boy, this book has been one of the most unique books I've read in a long time.
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wonderful exploration of the life of an autistic boy, beautifully written, very creative
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sad book about a sad dysfunctional family. The only interesting thing is it is written from an autistic boy's point of view. If it wasn't for that gimmick, I doubt that any publisher would find this story interesting enough or well written enough to publish. It has been called "a character study". All characters except the boy are one dimensional, and the boy's point of view is covered, not so much his "character". I didn't hate it, but i feel it is more of a waste of time, and i think there are better and more accurate ways if you want learn about autism.
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A quick yet insightful reader. I really appreciated the way the author managed to teach without preaching. Should be a required reading for teachers!
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A great book from beginning to end! Highly entertaining.
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Not everyone sees the world in the same way. Everybody knows this, but they don't KNOW it. What does this mean? If you've read Elizabeth Moon's THE SPEED OF DARK, you already have a hint of the answer, but read Haddon's book and find out exactly.

From back cover: Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
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Read this book on the plane when I was being shipped out to Germany for my first tour of duty. LOVED this book! A whodunit of sorts, the story is well-paced, leaving me to say to myself "Just one more page" before getting some sleep. The protagonist/narrator is autistic, giving the reader a different, more logical way of looking at the plot itself as it unfolds. It takes a lot of skill on the author's part to make a character that you don't THINK you'd identify with, lovable and endearing. I cared about this guy and worried about him at some points, and laughed out loud and nearly cried at others. My mum once asked me "If you could only loan out ONE book to everyone you met, which book would it be?"

This is the book.
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Interesting perspective and engaging; a quick read. Throughout the novel I found myself sort of cheering on the main character, but also waiting for "the other shoe to fall."
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The autistic viewpoint was so interesting to me, and I so enjoyed this book! That's what reading is about, right, to see things from another perspective? Great read!
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Read this book and take an incredible, unpredictable, extremely moving journey into the mind of an autistic boy who's making sense of the world in his own, unique way. In addition to being unique, this story is exciting, sometimes funny, poignant and eye-opening. Such an amazing achievement for the gifted author. Such an enjoyable read!
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This was an interesting book. Loved the writting style and the layout. An interesting point of view, written from the autistic child's view. Also spot lights some of the frustrations faced thier families. Well worth a read!
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A fascinating book written as though in the first person of an autistic boy of 15, and his perceptions of the world around him and what happens in his family when his parents separate, (but he is told his mother is dead). Incredible! My husband, a child psychiatrist, wants to read it next.
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This is a warm little book that acquaints the reader with life through the eyes of autism.
The title is a bit of a misnomer, though, as it - along with the first half of the book - sets up the story to be a mystery, which it is in the beginning. But then, boom, the mystery is suddenly and unexpectedly revealed and the book loses some steam and continues off in a not-as-interesting direction.
If it were longer I might not have continued. All in all, it's a short, different kind of book that's worth reading.
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What a wonderful and interesting story! I don't normally read fiction, but this book kept me engaged the entire time and wanting to get to the next chapter to find out what happens in Christopher's little "adventure".
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Loved the book! I especially loved the main character. The author wrote him in a way that made him so easy to understand and relate to.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the story of an autistic boy who is a genious in math, but cannot grasp many human emotions. The story begins with the mysterious death of a neighborhood dog which sends Christopher into an investigation. The whole novel is written from Christopher's point of view and begins as his attempt to write a murder mystery. Of course, there are some mysteries that you figure out right away, but the point is to see the world through Christopher's eyes, which is frustrating, but fascinating. Seeing his inability to touch or communicate love to his family is the most heart-wrenching part of the book.

Curious Incident is a very quick read, but there are still some of Christopher's tangents that you will find yourself skimming through. Those can be annoying, but the book is definitely worth it to get in the head of this boy. I think this story is a must-read for anyone who is interested in autism, or anyone who would like to read something from a unique narrator.
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Though the writing is good the story is not one to choose lightly.
The book portrays dysfunctional family through the eyes of mentally challenged teen boy. To put it in a nutshell:
The mother is sick & tired of caring for her Autistic son, so she runs off with some guy to London, while the angry father proclaims to everyone that she died of Herat attack (to save his pride). The lonely father befriends their neighbor (mistaking pity for romance) who helps them out with the daily chores of cooking and cleaning. When the father spills the notion of marriage to the charitable woman she goes into a fit and slams the door in his face. Then he goes into a fit and kills her dog with a garden-pitchfork (??)
His son finds the dead dog and is arrested, which gives him the idea, to go and find the killer. Instead of finding the killer he finds hidden letters from his mom who isnt dead as he thought. After the father comes clean to him about moms death and the dog, the boy runs off to London, where his mothers boyfriend goes into a fit when he sees him. The mother returns him to the father a day later. Everyone is surprised she isnt dead. The end.

Half of the book is about solving mathematical problems (prime numbers, size of the universe) the other half is distressing (effects of Autism), depressing (father), and discussing (mom). WARNING: Definitely NOT creative, light, funny, great read, or re-read as the other reviews claim. You may find your self skipping whole chapters (I give it 1/2 *)
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A great mystery told from the point of view of a unique protagonist. This was a tough read because Haddon really immerses you in the mind of an autistic child--with all the rules and quirks that entails. The story was engrossing on its own. Very appealing to the teen set, too!
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As a special ed teacher, a great approach from the the child's side. Enjoyable!
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This is a favorite book for me, it almost predicted a career change for me. i now work with kids having ASD,(autistic spectrum disorder) This book is quirky (i love that)and takes you into a kids' world that the author knows well. Absolutely great!
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I tried twice to read this book and just couldn't get into it. That is very unusual for me.
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Unique and interesting for anyone who wants to understand more about autism and 'difference'. Well written and a wonderful read.
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A quick read, but very enjoyable. As someone who works with children on the autism spectrum (although most that I see are not as high-functioning as the Christopher in this story), I thought in many ways I could understand and relate to the characterization in the book, but in other ways it seemed very enlightening to me. I commend Mark Haddon for doing an excellent job with this story, both as a story in itself & with the point of view he chose to utilize.
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Very slow, just could not get into.
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I picked this book up on the recommendation of my daughter, who had the book assigned as a class project for her 2011 summer program. I think she liked it better than I did.

So in a nutshell, this is a first-person narrative, whose narrator is a (probably) teenager with Ausberger Syndrome. The writing of this perspective seems well-crafted, though it can be tiring from time to time. The thought process is decidedly different than typical, and to be able to actually tell a whole story using it demonstrates real writing skill.

But did I enjoy the book? Hm. Perhaps obviously, the story grows beyond the situation described by the book's title. And it just winds up being really about the difficulty of parenting, especially with kids who require special handling. And the parents here don't demonstrate anything commendable or really worth learning from.

At the end of the story, I just kind of felt depressed (from the "Gee, parenting can sure require sacrifices" vibe), as well as grateful that my own children are high-functioning and quite independent when they need to be.

3 of 5 stars.
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Having worked with mentally handicapped people for many years, I wasn't sure what to expect with this book but once I started reading I realized that for once I wasn't on the outside looking in but actually going along with the main character for the "ride". To some this book might seem boring, dumb or even pointless but if you can manage to read this book and suspend everything you know about the world and life, you will find that life is what it is. Very logical, very black and white with no emotion. That is the life of an autistic person and even though it's difficult, maybe if the rest of us removed all of the "extra baggage" we have, we might have a little more tolerance for others and life might not need to be so complicated.
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This story started out very engaging but fell flat for me in the later chapters--including a very tedious passage about the main character's train ride to London. While a story featuring the voice of someone with Autism or Asperger's offers a unique perspective, there still must be an interesting story to tell at the heart of it. I thought the premise was better carried out in Jodi Picoult's House Rules and Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
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The book started great. Loved all the suspense and the unique voice of the main character initially. By the middle of the book, the reader has already figured out the answers to all of the mysteries and what the main character is going to do next. Not a great ending. Tedious getting through pages of extranneous information that is unrelated to the story. I understand that the narrator is autistic but this voice makes it very difficult to care about the story at times.
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Refreshing read.
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A wonderful look at a unique mind. Telling this story from the point of view of a boy with autism/aspergers made it more immediate but his keen sense of observation also made the pathos of his parents situation seem somehow more tragic.

Humor is often found in seeing something suprising and while our protagonist claimed that he could tell no jokes, he had me laughing out loud at several spots.

I particularly liked how this ended. The other books that I've read that touch on this subject have all ended more bleakly. This one has some hopeful aspects.

This is a great read on so many levels, I'm glad that it's gotten the attention that it has.
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Loved this book. A whole new insight into the mind of an autistic person.
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As the wife of a man with Asperger's Syndrome, and the mother of a girl with it as well, I read this book with great interest. Having worked with autistic individuals, the author was able to weave his experience into a very believable character who is caught up in the middle of a terrible situation.

Anyone who is looking for some help understanding what goes on inside the minds of autistic individuals should read this book. Anyone who is looking for a very different sort of mystery should read this book. For me, it wasn't a fast read, parts of it could be tedious, but it reminded me of how it can be listening to my DD tell me about something that happened to her. Sometimes all the detail wears me out! But it is important to her.

The only reason I gave the book four stars instead of five is that it contains quite a bit of bad language. Normally, I would not persist reading a book with this amount of it.

This book is definitely worth the read!
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I started but did not finish this book due to the pervasive use of foul language and taking God's name in vain. I think it could have been very enjoyable to read if not for that.

I think the idea/topic of the book and its hero, and the way in which it was written (minus the heavy cussing) was fascinating. It was neat to see into the mind and thought processes of someone whose mind works differently from mine.
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I read this book in less than a week, the more I read the more I felt the trapped confusion that the main character struggled with every day. This is the extraordinary story of a boy of 15 with autism. We follow along as he describes his struggles with his emotions and thoughts, his family and people in the community. In the process of writing a mystery novel about the murder of the neighbors dog he learns just how strong he is and he shows the world that no matter who you are you can accomplish anything. If there were one word that could describe Christopher it would be Determination.

Mark Haddon did an amazing job of writing this accurately and believably from the point of view of a boy with aspergers syndrome. The thought process and wording is very much like listening to a 6 year old tell as story. But the intelligence behind what he is saying is far more than anyone who had only just met Christopher could imagine.

Heart breaking in parts and inspirational in others I highly suggest this book to anyone who has wondered what someone with any kind of learning difference goes through each day. In the end I held so much admiration for Christopher that I simply wanted to hold my hand up so he could touch my fingers and thumb in a hug.
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If I could give this book a 10 I would. Absolutely wonderful.
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didn't hold my interest.
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Wow! One of the most original books I've read in a long time. Highly recommend.
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A very interesting story about a child with Asperger's Syndrome; he cannot interact normally with other humans, though his math and logic skills are exceptional. We follow Christopher Boone's investigation into the murder of his neghbor's dog and an interesting new view of human emotion.
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This book was unlike anything else I've ever read. The narrator is a fascinating character that really draws you in. It was a really good read.
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Amazing book about a savant, written from his point of view. A must read.
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This is a most unusual book. I enjoyed it immensely. To be honest, I really couldn't put it down; a real page turner -- at some point, I thought, "why am I still reading this?" but I kept on reading anyway. The end was actually satisfying. In that the author has worked w/ autistic children before was quite evident. I felt the frustration of the autistic boy, his parents and anyone who came into contact with him--quite a good book after all.
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a great book very well written, a very moving read..
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This was a really refreshing perspective on a familiar story. The plot isn't what you would expect either, but the book is great because it isn't what you expect it to be. I don't expect to reread this one, but I'm glad I read it in the first place.
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It was an eccentric book but very well written. It makes you look at autism in a completely different light. You can't help but fall in love with Christopher. There is no way you can understand how his brain works. I read this book in 1 day.
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Wow! This book was difficult to put down. Written from the perspective of an autistic fifteen-year-old boy, it was so touching. Christopher sets out to find who killed a neighbor's dog and finds out more about himself in the process. A definite must-read!
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A strange little book about an austitic boy, the death of a dog, and his solving the mystery.
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Interesting...
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This is the story of a teenager with autism and his encounters with his family and community. It is told from his point of view with warmth, intelligence and sympathy. As a special educator I really enjoyed this book. A quick, easy read.
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This book is so compelling - really a much more interesting "Rain Man."
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Really good and insightful book. I enjoyed it a lot.
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Our protagonist is Christopher: 15 years old, lives with his dad in England, and is autistic. Christopher has very specific rules and patterns. He does not like to be touched, he does not like too much noise, he does not like being around too many people, and he does not like the colors yellow or brown. As long as he has his routine and knows what to expect, he very happily gets through his day.

So what is The Curious Incident? As the book opens, he is heading toward his neighbor's lawn to pat her dog, Wellington. As he gets closer, he realizes the dog is dead. Further inspection reveals the dog has been killed, and Christopher decides to make a Project by writing a mystery book to solve the case of the murdered dog.

What seems like a good way for him to practice his spelling, grammar, and descriptions, turns into a fact finding mission that leads Christopher to truths that are too much for him to comprehend. By the end of the book, everything has changed, except for Chrisptopher.

What I loved about this book is that it felt amazingly genuine and authentic. The way the adults in Christopher's life act really affected me the most. I could feel how difficult it must be to not be able to hug your child because he doesn't like to be touched. Somehow seeing other people's emotions through Christopher's lens made them vibrant and clear, although to Christopher, he cannot tell what the person is thinking or feeling. Haddon is able to use Christopher to show the world through a very specific viewpoint, and for some reason, it made me feel like I completely knew and understood his father, even as Christopher himself felt alienated and afraid of him.

A brilliant book.
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Intriguing and mysterious this book was fantastic. I loved every word. This is an unusual and clever story that is touching, funny, sad and surprising.
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A very different novel told from an unusual point of view. I found the protaganist to be rather infuriating at times, but it's well-worth the read.
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I loved this book. If you know anyone with Autism it's really true to life!
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Great Read. At first I thought it was a bit quirky, but once I got into it, I could really get into the characters. It was an enjoyable and original story. A book hard to forget.
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Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the colro yellow. This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating,unusual, and widely heralded novesl in recent years.
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really sweet and insightful
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A pleasant, refreshing viewpoint on every day occurrences. Life skills vary depending on your needs, capabilities and desires. This novel proves that these variations still show that we can all arrive at the same result. I appreciated the authors method of elevating an autistic young man to the forefront. Reading this reminding me of watching a film in rewind mode, editing and piecing it back together in absolute sequence that makes perfect sense.
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This is an excellent book written in the voice of an autistic boy who is dealing with the separation of his parents. The Incident of the Dog is just a small part of the story. The intriguing part of this book is how well the author has painted the picture of this autistic boy. You could swear he was autistic himself. Turns out, the author has worked closely with autistic kids. He certainly has worked close enough to almost become one. HE does a wonderful job showing how the autistic person deals with all of the aspects of life. I loved this one.
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After reading the author's wild and crazy story, 'A Spot of Bother,' I couldn't wait to get my hands on something else of his. Much to my suprise, this book comes from a completely different spectrum. Having a young family member with special needs, I instantly fell in love with this book. It takes time to get used to the writing style, but if this book were written grammatically correct, it wouldn't hit home. This story is as realistic as they come! It's as simple as that. The author's versatility amazes me.
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a interesting and quick read.
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This was a good read but I feel somewhat over-rated. Nothing about this book stands out in the realm of modern fiction. Just O.K.
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read it in one night
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Fabulous book narrated by an autistic savant. A literal look at out world which really pokes fun at our language expressions and the human condition.

THIS ONE IS EVEN BETTER IN AUDIO.
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Loved this book. Loved the protagonist and the respect the writer shows for him.
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This fresh and original tale, told from the viewpoint of an autistic boy, will make you laugh, cry and think all at the same time. The boy, Christopher, can give you the answer to 251 x 864 in a second, but can't figure out how other people think. You'll fall in love with this young man and cheer him on as he tries to sort out his life with a mind that can't filter out excess information.
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A very interesting look into the minds of autistic children. The brilliance of this book is that you feel for all of the characters and begin to try to understand how autism changes a parent's life.
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Interesting style of writing. Gives one a better perspective of how different, and yet, the same we all can be.
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true story......once you get use to author's style.....quick read
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As the parent of a child on the Autism spectrum, I found this book to be insightful and sensitive, as well as entertaining and a good read.
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A very interesting glimpse into the life of someone who thinks very different than the majority of us.
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Interesting insights into the mind of a boy with autism. Parts are funny and others are heartbreaking. Overall very good story.
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I really liked this book.What a great story.I highly recommend you read this story.
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Very interesting book. Told in first person, the main character is a teenage boy who is autistic. Very interesting look into the workings of his mind.
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I have an autistic grandson and this book captured his actions so accurately.
Hopefully, I'll better understand his behavior.
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interesting
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Intense writing that pulls you in to this young man's head - enjoyable, fast read, I loved it.
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This was a quick read and very good. I was unexpected and sad. If you are familiar with autism you will laugh with the writer.
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Not just a story for young people, this book helped me to take a different look at people with autism and other disorders of the brain. We are so quick to assume everyone has to be just like us and then...we are given new data to consider that shows us just how much we are all alike, regardless of the differences we display. The book helped me to gain a totally different perspective on behaviors we might not understand in people we often judge to be...abnormal.
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Entertaining; interesting narrative voice.

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A great quick read from a unique perspective. I like how the author gives the reader this distinctive look into a not so common writing style. I enjoyed the story telling and the processes of thoughts that go into the actions of the main character. A sweet story I would share with friends and family.
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This is a unique and strangely amusing story, told from the point of view of a young man with autism. It made me laugh and smile and I could not put it down! A fabulously fresh kind of mystery!
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This was a great book that took you into the mind of boy who has
mental condition.

The story is fast and a great story to read.

Ellen
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I had heard about this book in the past, and finally picked it up at the library a few weeks ago. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the author portrays the main character and his point of view, and the "mystery" that he's out to solve.
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Beautiful book written very convincingly in the voice of an autistic teenager; touching, moving and a great read.
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It was a fascinating read, from the perspective of a brilliant math/science minded boy who is autistic. His family is in turmoil - and a neighborhood dog is mysteriously killed... I'd not read anything of Haddon's before, but I will in the future.
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a fast, fun read.
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An excellent, yet easy to read book. It takes you into the mind of a teen w/ autism. Different...and riveting.
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very unique and fascinating story.
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Loved this! Loved the writing, loved the character, and loved the exactly dead-on depiction of Asperger's. Highly recommended.
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Excellent book. You can learn how and why some people (with learning disabilities) think like they do. I recommend it highly.
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enjoyed the drama of this book.
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I had put off reading this book for ages, due to the dog death! Well what a huge error in judgement. This is one of the best books I have ever read and highly recommended for all. It's funny, touching and leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction.
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Overall a very interesting and engaging read. This was picked for our Book Club. I'm glad as I would never have read this book otherwise, but I'm glad I did! It's not a long book, Only 221 pages. Some in our club read it in a few days, it took me a bit longer as I had a hard time being inside the mind of an Autistic boy. But it was fascinating to see that perspective. Made me really appreciate how I think, although the way Christopher sees some things was both spectactular and scary; sometimes at the same time. I gave it 4.5 stars for its unusual perspective, decent plot, and engaging, well-drawn characters.
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I loved this book, the main character is easy to fall in love with.
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This book is amazing! Looking at the world from the point of view of an autistic teenager. It really makes you think.
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a curious book. I had a hard time getting into the story, but once I was there - it was very cute. Haddon has an interesting way of writing.
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What a great book. I couldn't put it down. I learned alot about the illness the boy has. It was so interesting how the boy dealt with his life and issues he had about his family.
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This book was wonderful! A very good read- a must read for someone who deals with autism!
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Excellent book, very interesting
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It's a glimpse into the life of an autistic, fifteen year old boy. This book let's you see his thought process. Let's you see how he filters information and why things that others take for granted are overwhelming to him.
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Written from the perspective of an amazingly gifted yet amazingly unique young man; this book gives the reader a whole new perspective on the world around them.
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I really enjoyed this book. It's well written and pulls the reader into the narrator's worldview. Anyone who has a family member with autism should condier reading this book. I have an autistic child myself,and as I read Curious Incident I found myself smiling often when the main character did or said something that was completly true to my experiences with my own child.
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One of the best books I have read in ages. When I started I could NOT put it down.
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This book offers a thought provoking glimpse of an intelligent, autistic 15 year old and the people in his life. It deals with Christopher's struggles with his condition, as well as his parent's exasperated love.
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Easy, fast read. Not the best story, but is intriging.
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One of the best books I've read this year. Unusual
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Haddon has certainly cornered a most unique voice for this novel. I found the progression of the story fascinating.
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Great book!
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Wonderful story.
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Fascinating book - hard to put down.
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Different but definitely an interesting read.
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I loved this book. It's a great read.
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Fantastic book! Great look into the life an autistic savant.
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I've heard a lot of hype about this book, and I'm happy to report that it lived up to it! It was a really quick read and I loved every minute.
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Christopher is quite a character. I read this book over 1 weekend. Very good, and very different from what I normally read.
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I absolutely LOVED this book
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Very enjoyable light reading.
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Quick and easy read, but will still stir the mind and make you wonder and think. Really enjoyed this one.
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Interesting novel. Not the run of the mill story. I liked it quite a bit.
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A very quick, but interesting read. Tells the story of a family in crisis, from the perspective of an autistic son.
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Amazing book! Told from the perspective of an autistic young boy who finds his dog dead. Follows Christopher's quest to discover whodunnit, and uses wacky narrative techniques such as line drawings and math problems to reveal more accurately how Christopher might perceive the world. A heartwarming, sober and funny book.
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Very easy and quick read, but entertaining and very enlightening. This book is definitely a good read if you're looking for a little something different, and want an entertaining book to learn from.
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humbly told story
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a wonderful book - funny, tender, compelling.
Amazing the author got the narrator's voice so right!
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This book is written in the person of a boy with autism. It gives you insight into what goes on inside the head of someone with autism. The parents are just ordinary people trying hard to reason with their son, but his condition causes friction in their marriage. The boy has decided to take it on himself to find out what and who caused the murder of a neighborhood dog. Once he sets out on his mission he finds he has to overcome some of his own fears in order to solve the murder.
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I hesitated to read this book because I don't like mysteries in general. But this book was so different from anything that I've ever read that I find it hard to categorize it. In my list of top ten books.
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A fun and moving entry into an autistic boy's life. Surprising and humorous.
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Interesting perspective writing from the viewpoint of an autistic but needs a deeper story line. Quick read.
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I loved it.
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It was hard to finish this book.
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amusing story of a young kid who struggles with autism and his quirky parents
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Great book, imaginative and tender. Definitely worth reading.
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Excellent story - I loved it! The author has created such a unique perspective in the narrator's story!
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back cover - Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. A Today Show Book Club selection. I thought it was interesting.
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I think that I'm still not sure what to make of this book. It was entertaining and I liked it. But it was a lot of work, even for me. Sadly, there were a lot of characteristics that I shared with the main character. Too many, and I think that made me a lttle uncomfortable. There were many times throughout the book where I had to stop and say, "hmm, is that why I do that...?" or "I totally get where he's coming from!" Very unsettling for me. I guess that overall, I liked the book. It would have gotten more stars if the entire book would have been about the mystery that started the story and if all of the math problems would have been solved instead of just one at the back. Now I have to get out a pen and paper and try to remember how to do the quadratic equation...
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Interesting view of an autistic child, as it is written from the perspective of an autistic child.
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One of the most engrossing books I've read in a long time. Sure, it starts out being about a dog but it ends up being a story about the deepest thoughts of a very special little boy. I loved this story....
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I loved this book. I wasnt too sure about how it was going to affect me but the author has done a wonderful job with working with the mind of an autistic child. Funny thing is that some of the quirks of this child relate to me. Made me think LOL.

When he sees the dead dog and decided to become a detective, I was all for it. I did feel for him though when he had found out all the things that his father had done.
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This was an awesome book! Very different! I couldn't put it down.
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This was a selection for our book club. I enjoyed the book and learned a little more about autism. Surprising ending!
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This author really delves into what it is like to be autistic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
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Very interesting. A simple story of a boy with autisium.
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Great bookread it all in one sitting. Reminded me of Flowers for Algernon in that you really get to see how the narrator's mind works. It will be interesting to see how that transfers to film.
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a great read.
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I have a friend that has a son with autism,this book is wonderful insight into the intricicate workings of a beautiful mind.
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This was an interesting and fast read. I did not mind the autistic narrator, I truly am not a fan of English literature. To me it is had to get through the lingo. Overall it was a good read, it would have been better if I understood some of the lingo and then it could have had a better flow to it.
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Interesting story of an autistic boy in England.
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an odd book, but interesting
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* * * . Remarkable book wherein a young autustic boy narrates his search for the killer of a neighborhood dog. His "detecting" begins to unravel other unexpected unrelated secrets.

The author convincingly conveys how an autistic mind could operate; grasping onto math, facts and figures for security. It is a poignant, charming little book.
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My wife did not enjoy this book.
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Interesting book. Gives you a look into the world of an autistic teenager.
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Wonderful book!
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Enjoyable read. Told from the viewpoint of a 15 year old autistic boy who is brilliant at math and physics but challenged by everyday life, this book is an engaging novel, well plotted and unique. A friend recommended it to me some time ago, and as usual, she was right.
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This is a must-read, especially for teachers! It will change your views in so many ways.
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Since this book was written by someone who is considered "handicapped" and was totally from his prospective, it was extemely interesting and provided a very deep insight into how and what he was seeing and experiencing. It brings a new perspective of the world to you.
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Both funny and touching - a unique read.
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A good friend gave me this book, and I was hesitant to read it because it has gotten so much hype. I'm so glad she convinced me to give it a try. It's a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always surprising novel that unexpectedly turns into an adventure story. I read the last chapter four times.
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Very thought provoking. I know someone with suspected Asperger's syndrome so I found the hero's POV particularly poignant.
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Marvelous book.
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A fast, fun read. Insightful and funny, would recommend to anyone - great for Book Clubs.
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This was told from a unique perspective, and while I enjoyed the narrator's young, simple views of life, the mathematical problems spread throughout became a bit tedious at times. I'm not much of a math scholar so they served only as a distraction to me. Although, perhaps that was the point.
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A GREAT book!!!
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Insightful and intriguing.
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I read this because it is part of my son's Summer reading list. I enjoyed it somewhat, it was interesting to see the world through the eyes of an autistic person. Parts of it were very technical, with quadratic equations and formulas for figuring things out.
I realize that is part of the way the boy saw the world, but I found it to be confusing and boring.
I would not read this book again.
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This book was extremely creative and fun to read.
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An interestingly writtten book but with a slighly wavering story. Written from a childs perspective and tends to go from one story to another. A quick read though.
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Emotional and sensitive, a story told through the voice of a boy who suffers from an autistic-like disorder. Enjoyed it very much.
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I found this novel very interesting. I really enjoyed the author's voice as an autistic child.
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This book is very cute, it's a great insight to the mind of the autistic!
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Loved it.
Unique, captivating, touching.
And a quick read too.
The lead character will stay with you long after you've finished the book.
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A very different kind of novel! Written in the first person by a main character with autism, Mark Haddon certainly shows his talent as a writer. However, I personally found the book to be a somewhat difficult read. It's a fast read...without a doubt, but it is so different...actually eccentric might be a good way of describing it. It's definitely worth reading just to see what you think of it. I can't say it was one of my favorite books, but I am glad that I read it.
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Very interesting read!
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Some people might complain about the rigid and repetitive writing style, but that's part of the character! This is an entertaining and enlightening read which brings us inside the world of Christopher John Francis Boone as he embarks on several adventures: to write a book, solve a mystery, and tackle the O-levels. Or is it A-levels? Can't remember.
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The hype over this book was well deserved. I loved reading from the point of view of the autistic boy.
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This was very interesting book! It is written from an autistic boy's point of view and provided insight into the way an autistic mind works. Charming, typical, Brittish humor with an interesting twist at the end.
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I LOVED this book. It was a very intesting look into the mind of an autistic teenage boy. It was very different from anything I've ever read!
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Although the tone of voice might become wearing to some, this is a deftly written journey through the heart of a broken family from the eyes of a high-function autistic boy. Well worth a look.
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I loved this book! If you're looking for a very different plot line, this is the book for you. Haddon exposes the characters most unattractive attributes, yet still manages to make the reader care about them.
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What an interesting book, narration, and main character! The main character really spoke to me; I felt like I was truly inside the head of an autistic boy. I began to understand why he groaned, why he hid in small spaces, etc. What was most unique about this character was how completely logical he was, at the expense of emotion. He thought everything he did out in such a way that it made complete sense and he never had to second-guess himself. He ruled his own life and made an incredible journey and came to many helpful realizations by using this incredibly pragmatic logic. I found myself wishing I could be as efficient as this kid, in thought.

The book's pages were peppered with simple artistic drawings, complex mathematical formulas, and bolded and italicized words. The author did an incredible job with making this book readable and fun and aesthetically pleasing to look at.

Christopher may have seen the world in a way most would consider "flawed," but the author made me see that there is, indeed, beauty in the way we all think; there is a process we all follow, a certain calmness in our heads after making decisions, and a specific and unique "window" through which we see our world and our world sees us.
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I got this book even though a friend told me she didn't like it. I really enjoyed the way the author depicted the main character. It was obvious to me that he had really done his research. The main character has autism and the author does not but has done a lot of work with people who have autism. It was VERY well done and I liked it a lot.
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The voice in this is incredibly authentic. I have a child with autism and it is eerily accurate. Altogether an amazing feat of writing.
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This is a great book! I loved it very much. :)
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excellent book for understanding the mind of someone with Autism. _Mary (autism spectrum specialist)
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Loved this simple book that was surprising not that simple after all. The characters stay with you for a long time. We had one of our best book group discussion from this book.
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Good story from an interesting prespective
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It was pretty good. Different but interesting. Being told from the viewpoint of an autistic child made this book what it is. I have a a knew respect for what autistic kids go through.
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Fantastic - read it in one day . . . don't let the title fool you - it was awesome.
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Loved this book! It's on my list of all time favorites.
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This is an interesting and fun book. I am not very familiar with autism and this was a wonderful insight.
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This book is written differently than anything I've ever read. It's captivating. It's ingenious. It's both funny and sad, and very moving. I can't imagine anyone not loving it.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book on many levels: mystery, adventure, family dynamics, and a unique view into what it might be like to be autistic. I highly recommend it.
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Very interestingly written book. The writing itself is more captivating than the plot. Written from the unusual perspective of a teenage autistic child. Very good! Recommended!
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I loved this book. It gave me a perspective I've never been exposed to. I really felt like I understood the world of this young autistic boy.
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A fascinating book written from the perspective of a teenage autistic boy. This book definitely reminded me of my father, who is autistic. While clearly I did not know my father when he was at this age, some of the thought processes and behaviours of the main character amused me in the same way that some of my dad's behaviours and mannerisms can be amusing. It definitely helped me to understand the inner-thoughts and workings of someone who is autistic. Although the author himself is not autistic, I have heard from several autistic people that this book sheds a pretty accurate light on the life of someone with autism. It was a fast and amusing read! Highly recommended!
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Really liked this book a lot. Great topic. The author does a fabulous job with the narrator's voice (an autistic teen boy). Good book for high school students and anyone who would like to peer into the mind of a mentally disabled person.
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Well written, interesting book. Written from the view of an autistic boy. Read it for a neighborhood book club. We found it to be more about family relationships. It provided a great discussion.
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This fresh and original tale, told from the viewpoint of an autistic boy, will make you laugh, cry and think all at the same time. The boy, Christopher, can give you the answer to 251 x 864 in a second, but can't figure out how other people think. You'll fall in love with this young man and cheer him on as he tries to sort out his life with a mind that can't filter out excess information.
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I found this book to be very slow moving and hard to follow and had to put it down several times. I did force myself to read it in it's entirety and was glad to finish it as it did have a good storyline.
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This was a strange book but it held me captivated.
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I read this for my book club and it was a great selection. Very interesting read and a great look into the mind of an autistic teenager.
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Very interesting, told from the view of an autistic (?) boy. Interesting how he describes very adult situations. It is a very good book.
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Very quick and quirky story of a man with some mental challenges trying to find out who killed his neighbor's dog.
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If you haven't read this yet, you really owe it to yourself to do so. I read it on a flight from west coast to Chicago. I love the character, Christopher, and the insights into autism and how his mind worked. Great, great book.
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This is a clever story and very well-written book. An engaging, quick read.
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Enjoyable read - investigation of a neighbors dog which makes it unusual and entertaining
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My mom (she's 86!) and I just loved this book. Not like anything you've read before.
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A very different book! I'm not sure why it's gotten as much hype as it has, but yet, I did enjoy reading something from such a different perspective!
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Quirky page turner, good read.
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The odd mystery of a murdered dog, told from the point of a view of an autistic teenager.
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This was a really interesting book. It was cool to be inside this unique narrator's head.
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A good read, this book lets you peek into the world of autism. Well written
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delightful. Especially interesting to families of autistic and/or "special kids" and people who work with them.
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Very interesting perspective on so many things! I was a little disappointed in the writer's style toward the end of the book, but regardless I found it to be a fun read and highly recommend it
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I couldn't stop reading this book.
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Excellent, quick read.
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Quirky...different...a fast yet intelligent read.
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Wow! What a read! My book club had one of its livliest discussions about this moving and amazing book.
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Such an interesting perspective of the world. I think I have a better understanding of autisim as a result of reading this novel.
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Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
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It was a very enjoyable read.
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What a fantastic book! I've never read a book like this. It's written from the point of view of, I think, a young man with autism or perhaps Asperger's Syndrome. It never says. A wonderful read.
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This was an interesting and cute (funny) book about an OCD dude. I liked it!
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Great book. Quick read.
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Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

This improbable story of Chistopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
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Different and interesting mystery; gives insight into the autistic savant.
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Fantastic! Creates what seemed to me the realistic experience of an autistic child.
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An odd book. I'm glad I read it. It's a quick read but bears some thinking about.
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Great book! Interesting vantage point!
Lindy
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I read this as part of a book club, and to be honest, I didn't really want to read it at first. I was really surprised at how drawn in I was to the lead character's POV, and how interesting the plot development was. This was a good, enjoyable read - no deep thought required, unless you want to.
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it's good, story about a autistic boy, who tries to solve a murder.
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Christopher is autistic. Christopher knows every prime number up to 7,057. Christopher loves animals but has no comprehension of normal human interactions. Christopher has a compelling mystery to solve. This is the story of how Christopher solves this mystery. It is told from Christopher's point of view, so we are allowed an incredible and intriguing glimpse of a completely different way to interact with the world. Very good!
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Captivating.
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This is a quick and enjoyable read. It paints a really interesting picture of how an autistic person deals with life.
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I really enjoyed this book. It gives a special insight into the autistic mind while also being a great read.
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This is a fascinating look at the way a person with autism views the world. It has humor, mystery, sadness and joy. Beautifully written and a delight to read.
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Awesome!!!
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This book is really unique. I love the short choppy style and the character - a much more interesting take on the "Rain Man" idea.
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Very interesting read
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I LOVED this book - by far the best book I read in 2007.
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One of the most unusual and interesting books I think I have ever read. Written from the perspective of an autistic boy, he tries to unravel the mystery of his neighbor's dead dog.
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must read this. Puts you into the head of an autistic teenager.
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Best book I have ever read. Ever.
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Christopher francis boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual and widely heralded novels in recent years.
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This book is written from the veiwpoint of a child with Asperger's disorder. It was a really easy, yet fascinating read.
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interesting, quick read - compellingly written.
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Wonderful! We don't often hear a story from the perspective of an autistic teenage boy. This was eye-opening and funny.
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Used college book. Has Used stamped on end plus a couple of used sticker on side. Otherwise in great condition.
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A very good book about a boy trying to find out who killed his neighbors dog. The only problem is Chris has no understanding of human emotions, he cannot stand to be touched and he detests the color yellow. A really fun and touching book.
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the curious incident of the dog in the night-time is about an autistic kid who tries to solve a mystery about a dead dog and who killed it. then accidently stumbles on another mystery. very interesting
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Provocative and unusual, this book kept me turning the pages. A refreshingly different protagonist and a fascinating story.
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First heard it on radio -- Lovely book. Sensitively written.
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A great book told from the perspective of an autistic boy.
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A quick read, though I confess that I skipped over the math that the main character goes on about. While I keep seeing this book/author compared to J.D. Salinger, I preferred Catcher in the Rye.
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Well thought out novel...enjoyed it very much.
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Excellent story.... Engaging Plot... Endearing Character.... Fast Read.
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A wonderful insight into an autistic mind. This is one of my favorite reads.
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This fantastic book is written in the voice of 15-year-old Christopher Boone, who not only is trying to solve the mystery of a dog killed with a garden fork in his neighborhood - he is autistic, gifted at maths and not fond of the colors yellow and brown. Author Haddon shows a remarkable connection with and compassion for the autistic experience, and you will love every minute you spend in Christopher's company.
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A moving story of a boy's search for the truth, even though he cannot understand the concept of lying.
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wonderful accomplishment by the author Mark Haddon to write in the voice of a high-achieving autistic boy; you can tell he knows his subject. Clever, fascinating and revealing story
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A strange, but infinitely rewarding book. About a teenage autistic boy, told first person. Haddon (the author) has captured just perfectly.
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Moving book. It is a quick read and a facinating insight into the mind of an autistic teenage boy.
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I simply loved this book.
Just awesome, cool story, gives you an insight of an autistic person.
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I enjoyed this book. It is humorous and touching.
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Excellent character study, and gives some insight into a bright but troubled mind.
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Great book, easy read. I learned alot about how an autistic person thinks. Cute story too.
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A wonderfully written book about a brilliant but autistic boy and his family. Fast read that you won't soon forget.
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Christopher is an unusual hero, an autistic child who is determined to find out who killed a neighborhood dog. As he does so, he takes the reader into the world of those who see but do not have the words to describe human emotions.
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quirky and classic contemporary literature
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Written from the perspective of a young teenage boy with autism this is a fascinating book that explores his point of view and still manages to entertain.
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A New York Times Notable Book

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He can not STAND to be touched, and he detests the color yellow.
This is the improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual and widely hearalded novels in recent years.
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This has got to be the best book I ever read!
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I, my husband and my teen daughter all read and enjoyed this book. There is some language, but we all found the book to be interesting and an enjoyable read.
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Through the eyes of an autiststic boy will you read this story.Just who committed such a crime against the neighbors dog and why?You will be touched by this young boy.
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GREAT book! Read it a couple times actually. I definitely reccommend reading this!!
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Unique, a quick read. Enjoy his smart style.
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Different from what I usually read but it was good.
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very interesting insight to individuals with this kind of disability.
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Good insight into the autistic mind from a boy who has autism.
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This is such an excellent book! Very well written and superbly moving.
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I found this book to be an eye-opener. It is a story about an Autistic boy who is trying to survive in today's world. A very good book and an easy read.
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Very interesting book about people with learning disabilities. They think differently! Helped me understand it a little bit better. The story was good, too!
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A murder mystery solved by an autistic boy. Very interesting and different read.
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Very good book! I enjoyed the author's attention to detail.
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I can see why this book was on the New York Times "bestseller list."
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Quirky little tome. An interesting read about an autistic boy and his abrupt discoveries of the small mysteries in life. Pacing slightly plods on and on, but I am fascinated with autism and like behaviours so I kept picking it back up. Recommended by Oliver Sacks (shocker!). Got great reviews.
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A truly excellent novel with a unique narrator. I had to read it in one sitting. Highly recommended!
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Excellent novel about the mind of an autistic boy.
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Witty and moving. A fast read.
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A profoundly different novel, told from the perspective of an autistic fifteen-year-old boy. Hard to put down once I'd started reading. A quick and easy read.
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Much talked about novel, fresh and original. Part psychology, mystery and initiation novel. A unique first person narration and writing style makes this book well worth the buzz. Want something new? Try it!
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Mesmerizing!! Just loved it.
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Okay, some parts were better than others, but still interesting enough.
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I read this pretty quick. It was interesting but I didn't think it was that great.
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This book tells the story of a young boy with Asperger's disorder (similar to Autism). It is an extremely unique and interesting read.
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Fascinating novel about the thought processes of an autistic mind- highly recommended for those interestedin these insights.
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Wonderful book from an unusual view.
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Very, very engrossing read
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Cute and inspiring.
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Ingeniously written from the perspective of a young boy, the book chronicles his search for the truth about a mysterious death next door and his self-discovery as a son. I was captivated from beginning to end! The writing style is so unique! You will really enjoy this book.
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Very, very interesting book. Interesting insights into how a brain different than mine thinks.
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This book was amazing. It was the funniest book ever
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This novel's narrator has autism, and the story offers a glimpse into his world. The story unfolds with humor and humanity. A quick and enjoyable read. Recommended.
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This book was pretty good-a fast read from an interesting point of view.
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Fascinating. A quick but absorbing read that illuminates the autistic mind. Highly recommended!
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Compelling from beginning to end. Get into the head of a character like no other. Find new thoughts in your head after reading.
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Wow! What a great book!! Having had a lot of experience with autistic individuals, I can say that this book is "spot on" in its point-of-view and descriptions. An amazing story!
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Wonderful book, very well written from the perspective of a child with autism. Touchingly funny.
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Very interesting read! Great insight into the mind of an autistic teenager.
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Fascinating book.
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I enjoyed reading this book.
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Interesting book.
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This book is a fascinating glimpse inside a perspective completely different from my own. Mark Haddon allows me to see from another set of eyes, much like viewing the world through the lens of another language.
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Loved this book. It was very insightful to the mind of an autistic boy/young man
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An extremely interesting book that is "written" (not by the author, but also by the main character) by Christopher, an autistic boy. Christopher sets out to find who killed his neighbor's dog, and this quest ends up taking him on a journey that requires much bravery on his part. A highly recommended read!
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awesome!
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I really like Mark Haddon's other books. this one was a little more odd, but still enjoyable.
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This was a great alternate view of the world.
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(As if) written by autistic 15 year old as a journal, as he tries to solve who killed his neighbor's dog. An interesting read, my 15 year old daughter loved it and read it 3 times.
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very entertaining and fun read
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Clever premise, well executed. glad I read it.
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Like others before have said, 'I am not a math person'. But, I understand math better visually so I enjoyed the main characters illustrations of the problems he worked through. Though he may have had a tough time making people understand him, I am sure he could make me understand mathematical reasoning!
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Very interesting read!
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GREAT book!
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Interesting read about how another person thinks.
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I really liked this book! It was a great story told from a very different perspective.
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I liked the title of this book better than I liked the book.
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Not the typical book for my reading interest. My book club at church gave great reviews of the book.
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Excellent!
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I really loved this book, I was one of the best books I have ever read very enlighting
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Good book- worth reading!
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Good condition only slight wear.
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Our Book Club picked this as a monthly selection and it was a favorite all around. Sounds strange, but really enjoyable. Highly recommended.
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Very interesting book about the adventures of an autistic boy.
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Kinda cute, quick read.
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Quirky book but I really enjoyed it
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Ya, really didn't get all the hype over this one.
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The protagonist is a 15-year old English boy who has the Rain Man-type syndrome called Asperger's - a high functioning form of autism. This mathematical genius seems to be the only beacon of sanity amidst a tumultuous sea of messed up humanity. He weathers the storms of his parents' broken relationship and immorality, as well the plethora of other average joes whose inappropriate impositions and never-ending f-bombs he painfully tolerates.

Like a catchy pop tune you can't stop humming, the author skillfully draws the reader into this quirky world described in the first person, in which almost every statement begins with "and, then, or but."

From the moment Christopher discovers his neighbor's murdered dog, Wellington, in the yard one night and describes his sadness with simple face drawings, readers will find themselves relating to his deep loneliness and naive offense at the injustice he sees around him.

And then you get fed the world view. What a brilliant ruse the author composes to indoctrinate the multitudes into the lie of atheism. Like a song on the radio that sounds so sweet and pure, then inevitably pours in its deadly dose of secular poison at the last, you won't be able to get this book out of your head.
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It was okay. We listened to the audio book in the car- I fell asleep in the middle.
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Irritating. I needed Ritalin just to get through it.
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liked it, didn't love it
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I read this awhile ago so I don't remember all the details but I know that I liked it. I remember being a little disappointed because it got so many great reviews so I had high expectations going into it. Better to read it before you know anything about it!
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Most enjoyable read!
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Boring with a capital BBBB!!!!!
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This ISBN is a hardcover edition.
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Loved it!
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An instant classic
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This book was provided to me by another member and came slightly damaged. The spine and cover are a little beat up and the top of the pages look as if a child was chewing on them. It does not detract from its read-ability though.
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Christopher Boone knows all the countries in the world and their capitals. He knows every prime number up to 7,057. He loves animals, particularly his rat Toby. He hates the color yellow and he doesn't like to be touched or be in the room with alot of other people. Chris works math problem to relax...real hard , upper level math. He spends time figuring out who killed the neighbors dog and figures out other things in his life.
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I liked this book

also with bookcrossing
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The cover of this is torn (not missing) thanks to my toddler, but is otherwise in fine condition.