As I read this book, I couldn’t help but giggle every now and then. It was pretty funny! The fact that it was told by a fifteen year old boy was really great because I haven’t read many book with the narrator being a teenage boy. I usually read book with teenage girls as the main character when I was younger, so this was refreshing. What was also refreshing was the obvious symptoms of Autism. I was glad I was able to be in the mind of him, but actually understand the plot.
In the beginning, I was a little annoyed that Christopher’s father lied to him about his mother. That seemed really low of him, but it ended up fueling Christopher’s mystery skills, so I guess it was necessary for the plot. I think that’s what I liked most about this book. I was able to picture everything that was happening, but not what was going to happen next. Each little chapter was unique and kept me on my toes. I think that was strategically done because Christopher’s mind is always racing with new ideas and routines that a neurotypical person wouldn’t normally experience.
Related to the plot is the love that Christopher has for dogs. I think dogs symbol companionship that Christopher craves. People are unpredictable, but dogs are always there. I was glad that he was given Sandy in the end, it seemed like the right way to end the story. That mixed with his success at math really boosted his confidence, and it was inspiring.
As a searched the internet for some related articles, I was really interested in the fact that this book was made into a show on Broadway! This book is a great choice to do this with because it’s so charming and suspenseful. It is really brought to life through the props and set used, and I think it’s a great way to understand the mind of a child on the spectrum.
Even though this book has the common stereotypes of a autistic person, I don’t think they were seen as negative. He had social awkwardness and unbelievable intelligence, but I never read him as rude. Even though he is super intelligent and Sherlock Holmes is mentioned, I didn’t get a sense of Holmes’s personality. As I read, I got a shy and curious boy who just wants to go to college.
I think it’s safe to say that this is my favorite book so far this semester, and I’m so glad I got to write a blog post about it. It’s great to read something entertaining, yet educational. I’m a little more knowledgeable about young people on the spectrum than I ever have been before. I felt a connection with him, because sometimes confrontation is hard, and all I want to do is scream. It’s great that he figured out ways to deal with his anxiety, and I wish the Broadway play was still open so I could go see it!