Snotchocheez posted a review at 2010-06-24 05:16:47.
My first impression of Haddon's "The Curious Incident.." was not favorable. It seemed a cheap gimmick to feature as a narrator of a detective/mystery novel a 15 year-old autistic boy, and it rubbed me the wrong way. (A blurb on the back of the book reinforced this feeling: it compared this novel to one of my favorite books in high school: Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury" which, as I recall, featured a mentally retarded narrator). As I continued reading, however, I warmed up to the conceit, and found myself relating more and more to this kid. By the end, it won me over. Funny, heartfelt, poignant; qualities more books these days should possess. Gimmicky? Yeah. A Good Read? Yeah.
(A side note: this novel really appealed to my OCD-ness, and almost derailed my enjoyment of it; to whit: The protagonist has an aversion to the colors yellow and brown. One of his favorite foods is baked beans. How the heck can he eat baked beans when all the baked beans I've ever seen are brown? WTF??? The book was saved by his probability analyses and quadratic equation fun and games...go figure)