The saying goes, “Never judge a book by its cover”, but this book was good from the inside as well as out. The iconic illustration by Ted Carpenter draws us to the novel more. The book deals with August, a ten-year-old child, who has been home-schooled all his life. It takes the reader through a journey as August struggles to fit in with his new institution. Middle school is hard for everyone, home-schooled or not. It is especially difficult if you have a deformed face. August faces subtle humiliation, back biting and learns about a truth that devastates him and his faith in other people. The story continuously shifts from a person’s point of view to another’s.
The novel makes us realise how cruel people could be to someone who does not conform to so-called “normal” looks. This paperback is very much interesting and captivating. At the end of the book, as everything in the protagonist’s life seems to fall into place, there is yet a chance that August will probably never be excepted by everyone, ever. As a quote in the book says, “Why fit in, when you were born to stand out?”, the book reminds us to be unique and different in our own way, it encourages us to be ourselves.
A special edition of the book, that was released post of the main edition, contains a Julian chapter. This chapter shows us that everything may not always necessarily be the way it looks. There are two sides to every story.
The book according to me scores a 8.5 out of 9 and is a must read.
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Book Review