When I was reading Jodi Picoult’s House Rules , I told a friend of the plot of that certain story. She recommended that I also read this book because of the same situation – an autistic child, a murder and the solution of it.
Christopher is a very special child. He is born with autism and has a lot of pet peeves. He discovers that their neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is murdered with a pitch fork. As opposed to what happened in House Rules, Christopher was not an accessory nor a witness to the crime. He just had an inkling to learn what happened and solve the mystery of the dead dog.
It wasn’t his own doing that he learned who killed the dog. What was more interesting about the book is the complication this discovery brought.
The book is a nice introduction to how the autistic brain works. How would the world be if we are all devoid of emotions? What if we are all just book smart? What if we don’t or can’t acknowledge the feelings of others? It was a hard route for Christopher to understand the reasons why things happened. It is hard for Christopher to understand the stuff that does not have logic behind them. It would have been a selfish world if that was the case. We only go for what we think and feel that we want regardless of what others feel.
It was real frustrating. But it was also heartwarming. You know that love will always find a way to make things right. And there is no other kind of love that a family can give.