Christopher Boone does not like large crowds, loud noises, or the color yellow. If someone touches him, he screams. If he sees 5 red cars in a row, he knows it will be a Super Good Day; if he sees 4 yellow cars in a row, it will be a Black Day. One night he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, dead from a garden fork stuck in his side. Christopher launches an investigation to find out who killed Wellington. From this investigation, he finds out a terrible secret that disrupts his carefully planned existence and forces him to do things he never thought he could do.
This was one of the titles on NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels list. It really made me think about how difficult it would be to live with autism or to raise a child with the condition. It was interesting to read how Christopher planned his days and how he coped (or didn’t cope) with things that bothered him, such as the red food coloring he added to change his food from the dreaded color yellow. I would recommend this book to older teens or adults.
4 out of 5 stars