Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Book Response

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Before I began reading The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-time, I thought that it was going to be just another English class novel that I would be forced to read through and answer questions on. Instead, my interest was piqued from page one. The novel doesn't follow the average setup for a novel, with chapters counting up from one. This novel starts with chapter 2, and then 3, and then 7. This was so strange that it prompted me to read more in order to figure out why it was like that. I'm glad I did, because so far it has been a great book. It's been made even more interesting because it is largely about things that I don't know much about. The character is unlike anyone I've met, the setting is someplace I've never been to or read much about, and the events aren't really like anything I've ever experienced. One of the most interesting parts of the novel for me has been Christopher, the main character. Christopher is a 15 year old boy with Asperger's Syndrome. His condition causes him to be incredibly gifted at math and sciences, but at the same time socially awkward. He finds people confusing and can't really understand emotion. He is almost the complete opposite of me, and I find it hard at times to track his line of thought. It seems that he goes from one place to another way too fast. For example, he goes from talking about his conversation with Mrs. Alexander in chapter 97 to an explanation of the Monty Hall problem in the next chapter. Since my mind tends to work in a straight line with very obvious connections between ideas, I find seemingly bizarre topic switches like this to be confusing. Besides that, the way he tells the story is very captivating and intriguing. It makes you want to read on further, if only to try and figure out how his mind works. I am really enjoying him as a character so far in the novel. The setting is also almost
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