Christopher John Francis Boone has some “behavioral issues.” These include social awkwardness, thrashing out when touched, a powerful loathing of the colors yellow and brown, constant irrational behavior, and being very racist toward France. The story starts with Christopher staring out of his bedroom window in the middle of the night when he notices a dog, lying on the ground with a pitchfork sticking out of its side. He decides then and there that he would find out who it was that murdered the dog. This is some of the “irrational behavior” that I mentioned above. On his quest, he is arrested, threatened by a drunk, and finds out devastating family secrets that he was never meant to know.
This book is not for the prim and proper or easily offended and the many twists and turns will lead you to a conclusion that you would never expect. This is not a book I would typically pick up because the title and cover page just shows an upside down poodle. It was given to me as part of the NPR top 100 recommendations list for teens so I took a crack at it and have to say I was pleasantly surprised and it is actually really good. But seriously, the grownups throughout the story cuss, cuss, cuss throughout the entire book which I don’t think has anything to do with taking place in London. It is over the top cussing from these unsavory characters. I am laughing as I write this because of the appalling use of language on every page.
-Evan G., 6th grade