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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a book by British author Mark Haddon. Told from the point of view of an autistic teenager named Christopher, it’s about how he solves the mystery of the cruel killing of his neighbor’s dog. Although this is Christopher’s intention at the beginning of the book, it leads to Christopher’s sad discovery of a family secret which sets him out on a significant journey.

This book is unique because the author had the courage to have the story narrated by a different person. He manages to make the reader not only sympathize with the main character, but also admire his intelligence and logic and appreciate his abilities.  Because Christopher cannot express his emotions, this book was very interesting. Although Christopher does not show feelings other than happiness, sadness or fear, the reader could imagine how Christopher deeply feels, based on his descriptions.

Christopher is very observant, and he gives the reader a rare and funny look at other other people’s behavior. That is why I think the point of view of the main character was an important element in this book.

At age fifteen, Christopher is planning on taking the A-levels Math examination, and throughout the book, are scattered math problems, logical explanations with graphics and explanations of his daily routine. I’m not usually in the mood to figure out of discover math problems and observe figures when I’m reading for pleasure, so I skim through those; but I also observe simple ones which I’m interested in.

Anther different element in this book was the style of it, suited to fit that of the narrator. It was pretty intriguing, but difficult to read at times. Because of this, I think the short length of the book is a positive aspect.

This book is very special, but may get tiring for some people at times. However,  it is worth the read.

7/10 stars

Check out Mark Haddon’s other novel, A Spot of Bother

http://www.markhaddon.com/home

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Title: Atonement
writer: Ian McEwan

On a summer in 1935, Briony Tallis, a thirteen year-old aspiring writer, accuses her elder sister’s lover and gardener of a crime he did not commit. He is sent to jail then is sent off to fight during the war, where he is separated from her sister, Cecilia.

Then the novel switches to the future, where Briony is working as a nurse instead of going to Cambridge as a sort of penance. Robbie is at the war and corresponds with Cecilia through letters.

The book tells the story of how Briony tries to atone for the unforgivable, lifelong ruin she has done to Cecilia and Robbie’s lives.

There isn’t a lot to say about Atonement; it was beautifully written. Ian McEwan has writes elegantly and the plot nurtures very smoothly.

It’s was heart-warming, good read that I highly recommend.

My rating: 9/10

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Shopaholic Abroad (also called Shopaholic takes Manhattan) is the second book in the best-selling Shopaholic series, by Sophie Kinsella.

This time, Rebecca Bloomwood, the shopaholic, moves to New York, where her boyfriend, Luke, has made a deal. She also has a chance to work there.

New York is a shopping paradise for Rebecca, but can she pay off all her debts and stay with Luke?

Will Rebecca be able to keep her job when Alicia, who works for Luke at Brandon Communications, tries to ruin Rebecca and Luke’s reputation?

Near the end of the book, things start to get more thrilling and you’ll become excited to know what will happen to Rebecca.

This is the first Shopaholic series book I’ve read, and even though I don’t like these types of books, I enjoyed this one. It was downright funny. Even though I wanted to, I couldn’t laugh hard at school or else I would have looked awkward. I adored how the author, Kinsella, wrote the book in Rebecca’s point of view. It was very realistic too.

This was an exhilarating read, but I didn’t find the end satisfying. I also thought some parts were unnecessarily long.

Sophie Kinsella’s website

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