Jaclyn posted a review at 2009-08-11 01:18:09.
This was a very fast read and I really enjoyed it. This is a story about a 15 year old autistic boy who finds his neighbors dog dead in the middle of this night. He takes it upon himself to solve the mystery of who killed the dog and ends up solving a much bigger unanticipated mystery in addition. This is a heart warming story of the challenges austic people face and a rare insight into their world and way of thinking. What may seem totally irrational to the naked eye is likely in fact very logical to them. The language is so basic and thoroughly explained that in the beginning I thought I should be reading this with my 10 year old daughter. There are many complicated things that are explained so clearly and thoroughly, that I thought it might be a good book for her. However, as the story progressed, some of the topics got a lot more mature and I began to rethink that idea - maybe in a few years. There were many parts where I found myself chuckling at the way he looks at things. Most adults are so adept at putting spin on things, and so concerned about being politically correct and/or funny, that they don't even think about the things they say. To have someone take the ordinary things we say and make you look at them differently was a very charming side-effect of this story. I recommend this book for anyone over 15 simply for the fact that it's a quick and easy read that will have the wonderful affect of helping you see into the often hard to understand world of an autistic person and possibly be a little more compassionate when you interact with one.